They say pitching wins championships....

And the Jays decided to make it their mandate to have as much pitching as possible int heir stables. Here are the picks from last night:

20 RHP Chad Jenkins, team - Kennesaw State, Atlantic Sun player of year
37 LHP James Paxton, from Ladner, B.C., team - Kentucky. Represented by Scott Boras.
68 LHP Jake Eliopoulos, team - Brantford Red Sox, played on the Canadian National Junior Team. Jakes's mom said that the Jays were at he top of his list of teams to go to and have always been his favorite team.
99 RHP Jake Barrett, Mesa, Arizona, High School
104 OF Jake Marisnick, Riverside California, High School

The Jays obviously went out on a limb in the beginning of this draft for 2 reasons: 1) to find Canadian talent that they could market as highly as possible 2) they took some risks in the later rounds with High School players, instead of doing it early in the draft as they had done in previous years.

I believe it was a smart draft by the Jays, who added a ton of talent to an already very talented pitching line of prospects. I'll be doing a piece on each of these guys soon enough and look forward to getting to know them a little better myself.

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