Blue Jays go safe before getting risky in first draft under Sanders

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By Shi Davidi, Sportsnet.ca, June 13, 2017 

TORONTO – Safe and steady at 22 before taking on more risk in search of more reward at 28 and 61 is how the Toronto Blue Jays used their first three picks of the 2017 draft Monday, marking an interesting debut for new amateur scouting director Steve Sanders.

North Carolina shortstop Logan Warmoth gives the system a well-regarded middle infielder who can run and has the potential to hit for power. Central Florida Junior College right-hander Nate Pearson shot up the draft board in the past year when he was clocked up to 102 mph and will be given a chance to start, but he’ll end up a reliever if his secondary pitches don’t sharpen up. And Huntington Beach High School star Hagen Danner was scouted by teams as both a catcher and a pitcher, but is viewed as a backstop with a chance to star both at the plate and behind it.

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