Blue Jays select highly-ranked trio in MLB draft

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6/5/2014 11:31:53 PM
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The Toronto Blue Jays have selected Jeff Hoffman with their first pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.

Toronto selected Hoffman with the ninth overall pick, two selections before they selected Kennesaw State catcher Max Pentecost with the 11th overall draft pick.

A 6'4" right-handed pitcher out of East Carolina, the 21-year-old Hoffman is a long-term prospect as he recently underwent Tommy John surgery.

His talent level, though, is believed to be much higher than his draft slot, with multiple sources projecting he would have been a top-five pick if not for the surgery.

The ninth pick for the Jays is protected meaning the team will receive a compensatory pick (10th overall) in the 2015 Draft should they fail to come to a contract agreement with Hoffman before the signing deadline.

Pentecost, also 21, was the MVP of the Cape Cod League. At 6'2" and 190 lbs. he posted an impressive .962 OPS according to MLB.com, who had him ranked 19th overall in their 2014 draft rankings.

The Jays held the 11th overall draft pick as compensation for their failure to sign 2013 first-round pick Phillip Bickford. Should the team fail to sign Pentecost they will not receive a compensatory pick in 2015.

Toronto was also able to snag a highly-ranked prospect with their second-round pick. The Jays selected 18-year-old right-hander Sean Reid Foley with the 49th overall pick. The high-school senior from Florida was ranked 18th overall by MLB.com, slotting in higher than Pentecost in the site's 2014 draft rankings.

Former Blue Jays first-round selection Tyler Beede was selected 14th overall by the San Francisco Giants. The Jays originally selected Beede with the 21st overall pick in 2011. The two sides were unable to come to a contract agreement, however, sending Beede to Vanderbilt University and awarding the Jays the 22nd overall pick in 2012. Toronto would select Marcus Stroman with the compensatory pick.

Max Pentecost (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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