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Blue Jays pick SS JC Cardenas in the 6th round of the MLB Draft

After sticking very close to their type in the first five rounds with four pitches and three from high school, the Blue Jays went very much against type in the 6th round, taking JC Cardenas, a 6'0", 185 pound switch-hitting junior shortshop from Division II Barry University in Miami, Florida (Barry lists him as 6'1", 175). Since 2010, the Jays have spent very little on college position players and taking very few in the top 10 rounds.

Once again, this pick is pretty far off the draft board, as neither Baseball America nor Perfect Game list him among their top 500 prospects. This past year, he posted a .352/.457/.519 triple slash line in 43 games, with 4 HR, 11 other extra base hits, and a 28/22 BB/K ratio. This past summer, he was named an All-Star in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

Career, his numbers aren't quite as good, .312/.410/.426 with 9 HR and 25 other extra base hits and 74/88 BB/K. It looks like he took a nice step forward in the past year. Fielding percentage is a poor indicator of anything at the MLB level much less the amateur level, but his .920 mark this year and .921 career number is pretty poor.

Here is some batting practice video:

Here is a link to his Barry University player page/profile