After picking Jeff Hoffman 9th and Max Pentecost 11th, the Blue Jays selected right-handed pitcher Sean Reid-Foley 49th overall in the second round of the 2014 MLB Draft. The slot value for this pick is $1,128,800 and will likely end up costing slightly more for the high schooler who was projected by many to go in the top 20 picks of the draft. Reid-Foley was born August 30, 1995 in Jacksonville, Florida and measures in at 6'3" 205 lbs. Out of Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville, Reid-Foley features a strong four-pitch mix with strong movement on both his fastball and changeup.
When Woodman663 previewed high school pitchers last week, Reid-Foley ranked fifth behind four pitchers taken in the first round and actually ahead of a handful of pitchers already selected, with our resident draft hound saying:
Reid-Foley (6'2, 210) has been mentioned in the same breath as the Blue Jays, but more as "outside chance" kind of guy. I thought Reid-Foley was mighty impressive at the Perfect Game All-American Game, and I like that he throws multiple pitches for strikes, but there's one big red flag: high pitching arm elbow in his delivery. Not as bad as Mark Prior had it, but still something I'd probably stay away from if I'm the Blue Jays. Has plenty of zip on the fastball at 92-94 mph.
Reid-Foley has no control problems and throws a ton of strikes, making it a fairly safe pick for a high school pitcher. His delivery is a little awkward and he tends to throw across his body, although he has no problem repeating it so you can't criticize it too much. He's committed to nearby Florida State, but the Blue Jays should have some extra slot money to throw at Reid-Foley to make sure he never steps foot on the Seminoles' campus.