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Blue Jays Rounds 6-10 MLB Draft Picks

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Follow this post as the Jays round out their their Day 2 picks

6th round: OF Brock Lundquist

With the 189th pick, the Blue Jays selected a real Dirtbag in outfielder Brock Lundquist from Long Beach State, Baseball America's 391st ranked player. The 5'11" / 190 college junior profiles as a corner outfielder, and was a consistent performer with an OPS between .817-.844 all three years in one of the premier baseball conferences, especially for quality pitching.

The more significant performance was likely his performance last summer in the Northwoods League on the same LaCrosse team as 5th round draftee Cullen Large. He hit .317/.387/.479 in ~190 PA, also showing gap power (21 doubles). This followed up a strong sophomore campaign where he .311/.370/.474.

His 2017 season didn't follow up on this success. While his BABIP and power production stayed in line, his production fell due to a drastically increased strikeout rate. After striking out 12% of the time in the 2016 season and around 18% in the Northwoods League, he struck out 58 times in 2017 for a 21% strikeout rate. It's really curious, and perhaps there an injury or something underlying it that undoubtedly hurt his draft stock that will work itself out in time or be correctable.

It would make sense for him to start in Vancouver, but Bluefield is possible too.

7th round: RHP Colton Laws

With the 219th pick, the Blue Jays selected 6'8" right handed pitcher Colton Laws from UNC-Charlotte. He took a bit of circuitous path to now, but is coming off a breakout junior season in which he posted a 1.87 ERA in 96.1 innings, with 94 strikeouts against just 13 walks and 76 hits allowed in a solid baseball conference. He was ranked 376th overall on the Baseball America 500, though not in Perfect Game's top 500.

Laws was committed to East Carolina, but transferred without having pitched for them, and had a rough redshirt-freshman season. But he put together some extremely impressive starts this year. In March, against an East Carolina team that were ranked as highly as top-10 preseason and had won 10 straight games, he struck out 9 over 7.1 shutout innings, allowing just a walk and 3 hits. In the conference tournament, he struck out 14 against UTSA. So he's shown flashes of dominance.

Despite his size, according to Jim Callis on the livestream, he's not a power pitcher, just reaching into the low-90s on his fastball, relying more pitchability and creating angles as a result of his height.

8th round: 1B Kacy Clemens

See profile here.

9th round: LHP Zach Logue

Logue is a 6'0" lefty who has bounced between the bullpen and rotation for Kentucky, but spent most of 2017 n the rotation for Kentucky. His ERA was an unimpressive 4.97, as he allowed 20 (!!!) home runs in just 87 innings, but he did strike out almost a batter an inning while limiting free passes. The Blue Jays always seem to take a lefty college arm later on Day 2, recently from the University of Florida, and this year they stayed in the SEC. Reliever profile, though we'll see if the Jays let him start initially (I'd assume for Vancouver)

10th round: RHP Justin Dillon

Dillon is a 6'3" redshirt senior from Sacramento Sacramento State. He'll turn 24 at the end of the minor league season in early September, so this should be another senior sign pick.

Dillon has had an interesting path, having needed Tommy John surgery in 2013 that derailed his freshman season, but also missing most of the last year with hip issues. In between, he was a solid starter, but this year was his best year with a 3.36 ERA in 112.1 innings, with 108 strikeouts against 26 walks. That included a no hitter early in the season against Northern Kentucky.

A local newspaper ran an interesting profile back in March (specifically referencing the Blue Jays being one of the teams in on him)