Blue Jays' Hagen Danner: Selected by Jays with 61st overall pick

The Blue Jays have selected Danner with the 61st overall pick in the 2017 first-year player draft.

He doesn't get as much publicity as the two-way prospects littered throughout the top-10 picks in this class, but Danner is a legitimate top-100 prospect as a catcher or as a right-handed pitcher. The consensus seems to be that he's a better fit on the mound, as he sits in the low 90s with his fastball and has two average or better secondary pitches in his curveball and changeup. He also projects to have average or better control. To make it as a catcher, Danner would need to come a long way as a receiver, but he has plus arm strength and could offer big power by the position's standards. He isn't expected to hit for high average, but it is conceivable that he could hit .260 with 20 homers in his peak offensive seasons. Danner will need to be pried away from a commitment to UCLA.

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