Believe it or not, by volume almost three-quarters of the 2017 draft remains on the last day. 900 players will be selected in rapid fire format starting around 12:00 EDT and lasting for around six hours. Below we'll list all the picks as they come in, along with some commentary on the more interesting or prominent choices. And of course, discuss them in the comments.
11. Donnie Sellers, RHP, Wake Forest
- Smaller righty (6'0"/180) is a converted outfielder, moved into the rotation in 2017, mixed results but still very new to pitching. Ranked 260th by Baseball America and 287th by Perfect Game. Not the usual high school overslot pick we usually see here.
12. Matt Shannon, RHP, Angelo State (Division II)
13. Brody Rodning, LHP, Minnesota State (Division II)
14. P.K. Morris, 1B, Steinbrenner High School (Florida)
15. Ryan Noda, OF, University of Cincinnati
16. Ty Tice, RHP, Central Arkansas
17. Kobie Russell, C, Waipahu HS (Hawaii)
18. Jordan Barrett, LHP, Elon
19. Cordell Dunn, C, Center Hill HS (Mississippi)
- Ranked 255th by Perfect Game and 415th overall by Baseball America
20. Tanner Kirwer, OF, Niagara
21. Turner Larkins, RHP, Texas A&M
- Ranked 90th overall by Perfect Game out of high school, Texas A&M commitment dropped him to the 28th round. Promising freshman year in which he started 12 games, but never built on it. Interesting potential at this point in the draft if he signs, but wouldn't surprise me if he went back for his senior year. The decision will have to wait, as A&M advanced to the College World Series starting this weekend.
22. Gunner Halter, SS, Seminole State JC
23. Daniel Ritcheson, RHP, Bishop Alemany HS (California)
- Finally, a high upside high school pitcher. Ranked 187st by Baseball America, 183rd by Perfect Game, and 131sy by MLB.com who reported thusly:
- But don't get your hopes up. Unless something weird happens with other draftees (medical issues, etc), he'll be enjoying the weather in San Diego for the next three years.
There is little question about Ritcheson's arm strength, as he was throwing his fastball up to 93-95 mph this spring. He'll flash a very good slider as well, and while his changeup is below-average right now, he does show some feel for it, with hope that it eventually will be a third Major League-average offering for him. A former catcher, Ritcheson is still learning how to pitch. He has a tendency to come out of the gate full-tilt, running out of gas as he gets deeper into starts.
24. Colin Brockhouse, RHP, Ball State
25. Cooper Davis, CF, St. Aloysius of Gonzaga SS (Ontario)
- A year ago he was considered the top player in the 2017 Canadian high school class, but he was passed by a number of players since. Ranked 368th by Baseball America, but it's entirely academic since he's a Vandy commit.
26. D.J. Neal, OF, University of South Carolina-Sumter (JC)
27. Sam Weatherly, LHP, Howell HS (Michigan)
- Another upside high school arm. Ranked 170th by Perfect Game, 350th by Baseball America, but Prep Baseball Report really likes him:
- Do the Jays perhaps have some slot money saved up? Perhaps they just couldn't come to a concrete deal with anyone, because they've drafted a lot of interesting guys in the 20s, maybe hoping to talk/buy a couple of them into signing.
28. Davis Schneider, 3B, Eastern HS (New Jersey)
29. Joe DiBenedetto, LHP, Nova Southeastern (Division II)
30. Reilly Johnson, C, State College of Florida (JC)
31. Graham Spraker, RHP, Quincy University
32. Jacob Condra-Bogan, RHP, Georgia Southern
33. Matthew Gunter, LHP, Hawaii Pacific (Division II)
34. Maverik Buffo, RHP, Brigham Young University
35. Brandon Polizzi, CF, Cal State-Dominguez Hills (Division II)
- Anyone remember the last guy the Jays drafted out of Cal State-Dominguez Hills, also on the third day in a round starting with 3? He was also a CF....
36. Jonathan Cheshire, RHP, Davenport
37. Justin Watts, RHP, Southern Indiana
38. Marcus Reyes, LHP, San Diego State
39. Ben Fariss, RHP, Valencia HS (California)
- Ranked 446 by perfect Game (after having him in their top 250 late last year) and 489th by Baseball America, so a legitimate prospect, committed to UCSB. Could be this year's Chavez Young, the unexpected signee picked really late? Here's a bit of what Perfect Game had to say about him when he attended the PG National Showcase almost exactly a year ago:
Strong athletic build. Long and full arm action, stays on line well, creates lots of angle with a 3/4's arm slot, arm works well and is smooth out front, will spin off out front at times. Fastball topped out at 92 mph, mostly straight but the angle makes it tough on right handed hitters. Hard slurve type breaking ball with tight spin and sharpness. Has a nice feel for his change up with nice fade and quality arm speed. Works down in the zone with all his pitches and has a feel for getting to both sides of the plate. Quality three-pitch mix and the ability to use it.
40. Sean Ross, OF, Granite Hills (California)
- Another California high school player who was ranked much more highly last summer, ranking 124th by Perfect Game. Here's what they said about him a year ago
Medium build with very good present strength. Did not throw in drills or pitch this event but has been 98 mph from the outfield and 90 from the mound at previous events. 6.68 in the sixty. Hits from a narrow base with a leg lift load, has good bat speed with quick hands to the ball, line drive swing plane, ball comes off the barrel hard when squared, mid field to pull contact, more of a gap to gap approach now than a power swing,