Day 2 of the MLB Draft starts at 1:00 EDT with the 239 selections comprising rounds 3-10. Happily, today is much quicker with one minute between picks (though not nearly as snappy as tomorrow’s rapid-fire with 30 rounds in roughly the same five or six hours). And mercifully, just Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo in stupid, so no Harold Reynolds casually slapping an Omar Vizquel defensive comp on an 18-year-old.
Of course, the bulk of the future value will have gone off the board and been allocated yesterday, but there’s still plenty of talent the Blue Jays still have almost $2.5-million in slot values for the picks they’ll make today.
Today is where strategy can really come into play, as teams can allocate their dollars differently to maximize what they get out. It’s unlikely the Jays have created savings within their pool with their first two picks (and it wouldn’t be surprising if they were a little over to land Williams). Do they play today relatively straight and just take the preferred player who will sign a given slot? Look to take a player who slid last night, and take a bunch of senior signs to create the slot room? Something in between? This will be worth keeping an eye on.
These are highest ranked remaining players entering Day 2, per MLB Pipeline
13. Matthew Allen, RHP, Seminole HS (Sanford, Fla.)
29. Maurice Hampton, OF, Memphis (Tenn.) University HS
33. Jack Leiter, RHP, Delbarton School (Morristown, N.J.)
34. Hunter Barco, LHP, The Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.)
35. Tyler Callihan, 3B, Providence HS (Jacksonville, Fla.)
37. Brooks Lee, SS, San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Senior HS
53. Bryce Osmond, RHP, Jenks (Okla.) HS
55. Drew Mendoza, 3B, Florida State
61. Erik Miller, LHP, Stanford
62. Will Holland, SS Auburn
It’s a good be that most of the the high schoolers left on that list are going to college