With the 2020 MLB draft approaching soon, the Toronto Blue Jays have an important decision to make with the fifth overall selection.
It has been over two decades since the Toronto Blue Jays held a top-five pick in the MLB Draft and it’s a position the team doesn’t want to be in much longer. Whether or not a season is played might change that.
Since 2017, the Blue Jays have prioritized two positions with their first-round pick; right-handed pitching and shortstop. The team has started to see the benefits of their draft and development system but there is still work to be done considering how many young players graduated to the majors last season.
When it comes to evaluating prospects for the upcoming draft, teams won’t have the most up to date information with most minor league seasons put on hold. This is also why scouting a prospect involves years of prep and information.
"“It feels like a strong Draft class, both high school and college. I think there’s going to be a lot of good players in whatever round we’re picking,” Blue Jays director of amateur scouting Shane Farrell told Keegan Matheson of MLB.com. “So, I am optimistic about the player pool that we have to select from.”"
There is no telling where the Blue Jays will go in terms of high school or college prospects and Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro told Matheson that the team has roughly three or four players in the mix with the fifth overall pick.
Here is a look at players who could be available and targeted with the team’s fifth overall pick.