THE BLUE JAYS AND THE SIXTH OVERALL PICK
BY MASON McRAE
It’s the morning of August 17th, and the Blue Jays are in the midst of a hot stretch with the young core really making fans excited for next years season. As of now – the Jays will select sixth overall in the 2020 draft, the Pirates are a game behind or ahead (seventh overall) depending on how you view it. The Mariners sit in the fifth last spot with only a game up on Toronto. Now the jump from sixth to fourth overall is the big one, the Marlins sit five games up. So odds are, with how good Toronto has been of late and the youngsters playing their hearts out – the Jays will more than likely select in the range from the fifth to eighth overall pick. Not bad, not bad at all. So here’s a look at some potential Blue Jays that could hear their name called at sixth overall!
RHP Alejandro Rosario, Miami Christian HS (FL)
Probably the biggest riser over the summer, Alejandro was originally a ‘21 grad but made an early move to the ‘20 class. Rosario is a hard-throwing righty in the 93-95 range with the ability to get up to 97. He has one of the best arm actions in the class, and is certainly a kid who catches eyes. His secondary pitches need work, but he’s still an extremely young for the class and sushi-raw player. If the draft was today, this would probably be a “reach” but Alejandro should see a big jump in his stock when the draft eyes closer.
OF Zac Veen, Spruce Creek HS (FL)
The upper escalante of the second tier of outfielders, Zac is currently my third-ranked outfielder – just ahead of Pete Crow-Armstrong. Veen is a classic five-tool player, which is a phrase that’s grown tiresome and old, but Zac defines what a five-tool player is. He has the speed and athleticism to play some CF in the MLB, and a 60 grade hit tool which highlights his game. His power is a 55, and with his monstrous 6’4 frame some added power is expected. Zac doesn’t lack much of anything, he never tried out for the 18u USA summer team and lost out on some exposure – luckily he’s made his name known performing well in the Perfect Game High School home run derby a few weeks ago and plenty of other events. Zac has some Alex Rios in his playstyle, a fairly well-known player for Jays fans.
C Drew Romo, The Woodlands HS (TX)
If the draft was today, and I could have any player in the draft – it would be my new #1 catcher in the class and that’s Drew Romo. He literally does everything, he had the best pop times at the PG National and had one of his throws go semi-viral on Twitter. Romo somehow managed to top his defensive performances this summer, which seemed impossible. He has a really strong body and the dream build for a franchise backstoper. Drew has a 55 power grade and 55 hit tool. I’d put my life on the line saying this kid will be a face of some team’s franchise.
RHP Mick Abel, Jesuit HS (TX)
Abel is the fifth player in the class for me, and would be an ABSOLUTE STEAL at six. He’s a surefire top of the rotation projection with a huge frame and elite starter traits. He features a mid to upper 90s fastball and a 50 slider, his fastball has some arm-side-run on it and is basically a sinker. Mick has an 80 name, and an arm that works well with repeatable mechanics.