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Rounds 8-10: Jays select Angel Camacho, Philip Clarke and Glenn Santiago

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With the 237th overall pick of the 2019 MLB Draft, the Blue Jays selected 3B Angel Camacho in the 8th round from Jacksonville University. He’s the second straight senior the Blue Jays selected, and clearly made the most of those four years as in addition to being a four year starter, he also earned a kinesiology degree in three years and then an MBA afterwards.

He moved from first base to third base in 2019, but once again it’s the hit tool that’s most interesting. Camacho has hit .329 and .317 over the last two years, with moderate power and solid plate discipline. Ultimately, he’s a senior sign and the selection should save the Jays some money towards their pool.

With the 267th overall pick, the Blue Jays selected Philip Clarke in the 9th round, a catcher from Vanderbilt. He was a very highly ranked catcher out of high school in 2017, reportedly eschewing multiple seven figure offers to go to college. That means he’s only a draft eligible sophomore, with combined with Vanderbilt education would seem to make him a very tough sign, especially in the 9th round.

Clarke has been a strong offensive producer as a mainstay in the Vandy lineup the last two years, hitting near .300 with an OBP in the .380s and solid power. He’s considered a bat-first catcher, with questions about whether he profiles behind the plate. He’s have plenty of bat behind the plate, but unlikely to be enough if he moved off the position to something like 1B/DH.

So the question is, can they sign him here? If not, they wasted not only the pick but also the slot allocation, so one would have to think they know he is first open to signing and second that they can meet his price (which will surely be more than slot). They should have banked some slot room from the last two picks that can go towards this.

If they get him signed at reasonable number, it could be indeed be quite the steal, given him ranking 139th on MLB Pipeline’s board and 162nd on Baseball America’s (though notably a lot lower on Fangraphs, in the 35+ tier). Hopefully, it doesn’t end up backfiring on them.

With the 297th overall pick, the Blue Jays selected SS Glenn Santiago in the 10th round, from the International Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico. This is something of an off-the-board pick, in that he was not on any of draft boards of any of the major publications. But Perfect Game did have him ranked 163rd in the 2019 high school class.

He stood out at one of their showcases in January 2018, after which they wrote him up as such:

• Loose & athletic frame, wiry & projectable
• Quick-twitch athlete; ran a 6.40 60-yard
• Outstanding defender, soft hands/strong arm

On the MLB stream, Jim Callis reiterated this and that the bat was (unsurprisingly) less advanced. In some sense, Santiago is the infield analogue to third round draftee outfielder Dasan Brown — a good athlete who is excellent defensively, but a long term project and potentially never hits enough to rate as a real prospect.

It’s not at all a bad gamble to make in the 10th round, especially Puerto Rican high school draftees tend to sign near slot. One curiosity is that while Puerto Rican high school players, like Canadians, tend to be on younger side and sometimes very young, Santiago is 18.5, in the 2019 draft class despite being born in late 2000.