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Blue Jays select Braden Halladay in 32nd round

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With the 957th overall pick of the 2019 Draft, the Blue Jays selected RHP Braden Halladay, the son of franchise great and soon to be Hall-of-Famer Roy Halladay. But that’s not the number that matters.

Exercising an all-too-rare deft touch for this front office, the Jays drafted Halladay in the 32nd round, Roy’s now retired number. Most courtesy picks tend to be in the last few rounds, so at first glance it seemed quite early, but the symbolism strikes a pitch perfect note.