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MLB Draft: Day Three Recap – Rounds 11-40

Today marked day three of Major League Baseball’s amateur draft. If you didn’t know anyone without a famous father selected on days one and two, you’re really not going to know anyone picked today.

But it doesn’t mean the players picked today won’t be able to make an impact in the major leagues some day. Today, the Jays took lots of college players and lots of pitchers #analysis. So without further comment (because really there’s nothing else I know), here are the Jays day three selections, with some notes others have made on notable players.

Round Pick Position School
11 Hunter Steinmetz CF Missouri State University
12 Nick Allgeyer LHP University of Iowa
13 Brad Wilson RHP Ohio Dominican University
14 John Aiello 3B Wake Forest
15 Troy Watson RHP University of Northern Colorado
16 Josh Hiatt RHP North Carolina University
17 Austin Havekost RHP Kent State University
18 Fitz Stadler RHP Arizona State University
19 Adrian Ramos OF Miami Dade Community College South
20 Vinny Capra SS University of Richmond
21 Kobby Lopez LHP Imperial High School
22 Gage Burland RHP Lewis-Clark State
23 Troy Squires C University of Kentucky
24 Mike Pascoe RHP San Jacinto College North
25 Will McAffer RHP Tulane University
26 Brett Wright C Auburn University
27 Kyle Luckham RHP El Dorado High School
28 Andy McGuire IF University of Texas
29 Cre Finfrock RHP Central Florida
30 Cobi Johnson RHP Florida State
31 Austin Easter RHP UNC Wilmington
32 Joey Pulido RHP University of Houston
33 Matt Harris RHP Florida Atlantic University
34 Grant Townsend RHP Oral Roberts University
35 Damiano Palmegiani 3B Vexhall High School
36 Kameron Guangorena, C St. John Bosco High School
37 Parker Caracci RHP University of Mississippi
38 Francisco Ruiz C Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy
39 Cole Beverlin RHP Spruce Creek High School
40 Drew Labounty SS University of Southern Alabama

Notable Selections

Unlike in previous seasons, the Blue Jays didn’t gamble on a lot of high school players who would be tough signs after round 10 (when you no longer lose bonus pool money for failed signings), instead opting for college players to fill out the minor league ranks. This is almost certainly due to the reported well-over-slot bonus given to third rounder, Adam Kloffenstein. As a result of that move, the Blue Jays are likely very limited in available money to buy a tough commitment out of college (every dollar spent over $100K counts against the pool from rounds 1-10), and thus decided not to waste the draft picks. That said, there are still a few players who are worth an extra mention:

Hunter Steinmetz – Round 11

Steinmetz, 21, is know as a strong defensive outfielder capable of making highlight reel catches while playing college baseball at MSU. Steinmetz has posted strong walk rates throughout his college career and he led the Cape Cod league in stolen bases last season.

John Aiello – Round 14

As reported by Blue Bird Banter, Aiello was a top 200 prospect in 2015 but saw his stock drop when he underwent Tommy John surgery, forcing him to go to college instead of entering pro ball. He had a strong 2017 season followed by a difficult 2018.

Austin Havekost – Round 17

He kinda looks like Jeff Samardzija.

Kyle Luckham – Round 27

According to Zachary Friedman of Scouttrio, Luckham has the ceiling of a number four or five starter. Sitting 89-92 with his fastball and the chance to develop three average or better pitches. It looks like he is committed to Cal Sate Fullerton so there’s a chance he may not sign.

Damiano Palmegiani – Round 35

The Jays took a Canadian product with their 35th pick: Damiano Palmegiani. Palmegiani is a high school third baseman that was born in Venezuela but migrated to Alberta when he was five years old. Palmegiani is playing high school baseball at the Vauxhall Academy, a baseball program that has produced 16 MLB draft picks.

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