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More 2014 Blue Jays Draftees Arriving in Vancouver?

The deadline for MLB teams to get their 2014 draftees locked up is a week away.  After the excitement over both the Jays first rounders putting pen to paper earlier this month, things have been pretty quiet (aside from one signing today, more on that below) in Toronto.  According to sources, there are still some kids who may very well sign.  And the Jays have some money leftover to ink some over-slot bonuses if they choose to do so.  Of course, a lot of that depends on how willing Rogers are to incur a few penalties.

Any team that exceeds its bonus pool by 0 to 5% must pay a 75% tax on the overspend.  Anything above the 5% threshold means forfeiture of draft picks, which the Jays would be loathe to do.  I’m guessing Toronto’s brass does have the ability to overspend slightly, so if the Jays were to max out their draft spending they still have $544,325 to spend above and beyond the $100K allotted to those beyond the 10th round.

I don’t see a Rowdy Tellez (who got $850k last year to forego his commitment to USC after being drafted in the 30th round) in this year’s draft — although I suppose highly touted Florida high schooler Keith Weisenberg is in that category.  I don’t think anyone believes he’s not going to honour his Stanford commitment though — but according to this excellent table, there is still a good chance for more signings prior to the July 18th deadline.

Of the names leftover, I was going to say, if and when Gunnar Heidt signs, he may very well join us in Vancouver.  Of course, as I was looking for more information on ol’ Gunnar, I found that he has signed.  Did so today in fact.  I’ll look to write up something on him soon.  Other than that, maybe 20 year old junior college draftee Quinn Carpenter will see time at the Nat if he signs.

All of the rest of potential signs are high schoolers and will start their pro career in the Gulf Coast League.  I have to admit, with the sheer volume of younger players that pass through the GCL Jays, I have trouble keeping up.  This year, however, the team has too many intriguing names not to pay attention.

As per my draft table below, the Jays, without any supplemental round picks only looked to save money with the so called ‘senior sign’ strategy in rounds nine and ten.  I’ve spoken about Max Pentecost before and will do so more when he arrives in Vancouver.  Rounds 2 through 6 are all legit signings and are all currently worth paying attention to as they get their careers started in Florida.

I think the seminal game for the GCL Jays thus far was their defeat of the Phillies this past Tuesday.  Pentecost went 5 for 5 with 2 doubles.  4th rounder Matt Morgan had a knock.  2nd rounder Sean Reid-Foley looked very sharp:

3rd rounder Nick Wells gave up four hits and two earned during his three innings on the night but was missing bats, racking up five strike outs.

The only member of those first six draftees that didn’t take part on Tuesday was Grayson Huffman.  He’s been lights out in his small sample size, only allowing two base-runners in his five innings pitched.

When you add those names to 2013’s premier international free agent Yeltsin Gudino and Dominican Summer League graduates Juan Kelly, Juan Tejada, and Angel Perdoma (see below tweet) there are some pretty exciting names to keep tabs on.  Heck, they even have Franklin’s supposed older brother Deiferson Barreto!

Tuesday’s game also marked the return from tommy john surgery of 2012 Vancouver Canadian and Blue Jay top prospect Roberto Osuna.  Not only is he back, but ‘sitting easily 95-97’??!  Wow.

Chris (if you don’t follow him, do so, he’s the Baseball Prospectus area writer for the GCL League and is always tweeting about the Jays) had plenty more to say about the names I’ve mentioned during this week’s Around The Nest Podcast.  He’s up first and is well worth a listen.

Name Pos B/T Rd. Pick # Signed $ Slot Differential Assigned?
Hoffman, Jeff RHP R/R 1 9 Jul-02 3,080,800 3,080,800 0 Injured
Pentecost, Max C R/R 1 11 Jul-02 2,888,300 2,888,300 0 GCL
Reid-Foley, Sean RHP R/R 2 49 Jun-10 1,128,800 1,128,800 0 GCL
Wells, Nick LHP L/L 3 83 Jun-11 661,800 661,800 0 GCL
Morgan, Matt C R/R 4 114 Jun-08 300,000 458,000 158,000 GCL
Thomas, Lane RF R/R 5 144 Jun-08 750,000 343,000 -407,000 GCL
Huffman, Grayson LHP L/L 6 174 Jun-10 225,000 256,800 31,800 GCL
Zehner, Zack LF R/R 7 204 Unsigned 192,400 0
Shafer, Justin RHP R/R 8 234 Jun-08 125,000 159,900 34,900 C’s
Metzler, Ryan 2B R/R 9 264 Jun-12 10,000 149,300 139,300 C’s
Romano, Jordan RHP R/R 10 294 Jun-10 25,000 139,400 114,400 GCL
Latz, Jake LHP R/L 11 324 Unsigned 100,000
Houck, Tanner RHP R/R 12 354 Unsigned 100,000 Total
Heidt, Gunnar 2B R/R 13 384 Jul-11 100,000 71,400
Mallard, Chase RHP R/R 14 414 Jun-12 100,000 C’s
McBroom, Ryan 1B R/L 15 444 Jun-12 100,000 C’s
Papierski, Michael C S/R 16 474 Unsigned 100,000
Carpenter, Quinn RHP R/R 17 504 Unsigned 100,000
Isaacs, Dusty RHP R/R 18 534 Jun-12 100,000 APP
Brantley, Cliff CF L/R 19 564 Jun-12 100,000 GCL
Attaway, Aaron SS R/R 20 594 Jun-12 100,000 APP
Lugbauer, Drew C L/R 21 624 Unsigned 100,000
Isaacs, Todd CF R/R 22 654 Unsigned 100,000
Pop, Zachery RHP R/R 23 684 Unsigned 100,000
Fisk, Conor RHP R/R 24 714 Jun-12 100,000 APP
Winemiller, Rob RHP R/R 25 744 Unsigned 100,000
Wheatley, Bobby LHP L/L 26 774 Jun-12 100,000 GCL
Taylor, Owen 1B S/R 27 804 Unsigned 100,000
Carlson, Chris CF L/L 28 834 Jun-12 100,000 C’s
Murphy, Chris RHP R/R 29 864 Unsigned 100,000
Garcia, Kevin C R/R 30 894 Jun-12 100,000 C’s
Pepe, Dave 2B L/R 31 924 Jun-12 100,000
Autrey, J.T. RHP R/R 32 954 Jun-12 100,000 APP
Wellbrock, Chase RHP L/R 33 984 Jun-12 100,000 APP
Hinkle, Brandon LHP L/R 34 1014 Jun-12 100,000 GCL
Aquino, Joey RHP R/R 35 1044 Jun-12 100,000 APP
Rivera, Yan SS R/R 36 1074 Unsigned 100,000
Kraft, Michael LHP L/L 37 1104 Jun-12 100,000 APP
Weisenberg, Keith RHP R/R 38 1134 Unsigned 100,000
Lynch, James RF L/R 39 1164 Jun-12 100,000 APP
Miller, Trent OF R/R 40 1194 Jun-12 100,000 APP


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