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Blue Jays pick LHP Danny Young in the 8th round of the MLB Draft

With their 8th selection, the Jays went back to the well of southern college lefty pitchers, drafting 6'2", 195 pound junior LHP Danny Young from the University of Florida. Him and the Gators will be looking to win the College World Series over the next two weeks, so he won't sign right away.

Young has been used as both a starter and reliever in his college career, though mostly as a reliever during conference play in the crucible of the SEC. This year he only started one game, posting a 2.42 ERA in 26 innings, striking out 23 against 9 walks, allowing 26 hits and one home run. In SEC play, he pitched 9.1 innings, posting a sterling 0.96 ERA.

Florida perennially has extremely deep pitching, and so whereas at another school a guy like Danny Young would have a much higher profile role, maybe or probably being a weekend starter, he was buried as a complementary bullpen piece among a ton of quality arms. Consequently, there is actually very little in-depth information available about him (which is maybe what the Blue Jays are exploiting). Baseball America has him ranked 446th overall, but I haven't found any serious scouting data, other than in high school his fastball topped out in the low/mid-80s. Obviously, that was a long time ago and basically irrelevant at this point. I'll try to dig up some more info to add.

Young is now the third University of Florida player to be selected by the Blue Jays in this range over the last five drafts. In 2011, they selected Anthony DeSclafani who signed for $235,000 and was traded to the Marlins. He's now in the majors with Cincinnati as a starter. In 2015, they picked Justin Shafer also in the 8th round, signing him for $125,000. He was a converted shortstop, and is now in Dunedin's bullpen after being a starter for Lansing to start this year and Vancouver last year.

Here is a link to his University of Florida player page, including stats for 2013-14.