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Jays Draft Twice in First Round

Toronto Blue Jays Draft Logan Warmoth and Nate Pearson in the first round Arturo Pardavlla III via


Jays Draft Twice in First Round

Logan Warmoth

With the 22nd pick in the MLB draft, the Blue Jays chose to draft Logan Warmoth, a shortstop from the University of North Carolina. In his last two years at UNC, the young shortstop hit .337 in 2016 and .336 this past season. Warmoth also saw an increase in his power as he launched 10 home runs. While Warmoth is projected to stay at shortstop, he has average tools across the board. Last year the Jays drafted fellow shortstop Bo Bichette, who is currently producing in Single-A Lansing. Warmoth was not rated with one plus tool, but his hitting improved over the spring enough to have scouts change their opinion. Many feel that Warmoth will progress through the Blue Jays farm system with ease.

Nate Pearson

A 6’6″ Right Hander from junior college, Pearson recently touched 101-102 MPH in a bullpen session. The main reason Pearson was still available t0 pick at number 28 was his lack of a solid secondary pitch. He may be best suited to work out of the bullpen for a major league team. He didn’t show the true velocity during game situations. In high school Pearson had a screw inserted into his right elbow, but since the surgery, he hasn’t had any issues with it.

His freshman year at Florida International University, he put up a 2.70 ERA in 33.1 innings of work as a reliever with 31K’s and 12 BB. After transferring to Central Florida Pearson dominated the lower level of competition with a 1.56 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 81 innings. At 21 Pearson is a bit of a polarizing prospect as he has the raw potential to be a major league player, but lacks the fine polish and finish you hope for out of a college player.

The Takeaway

The Blue Jays set themselves up nicely with their first two selections in the draft. Both players should help compliment some of the talent already making their way through the system. Warmoth may have the shorter path to the major leagues than Pearson though. Pearson is best suited as a late inning reliever, especially if he can help define one of his secondary offerings.