Major League Baseball completed its 2020 amateur draft on Thursday. The spread of the novel coronavirus required the draft to be held virtually instead of in Omaha, Nebraska alongside the College World Series. The owners' desire to slash costs, meanwhile, led to the draft being shortened from 40 rounds to five.
The Toronto Blue Jays selected Vanderbilt shortstop Austin Martin with the No. 5 overall pick. Our R.J. Anderson had Martin as his top overall prospect on his big board. The Jays got a steal in Martin, and we graded their class with an A because of it. Here's what we wrote:
and the Blue Jays landed him with the No. 5 selection. They have to be over the moon. Toronto could have used its remaining picks on potted plants and Martin alone would've made this an A draft, but they also landed a fringe first-round arm in second rounder C.J. Van Eyk, a riser with the spin rates analytically inclined teams love. Fourth rounder Nick Frasso could've been a second rounder had he not gotten hurt prior to the shutdown. Van Eyk and Frasso are two excellent complementary picks to Martin.
Below you'll find a full list of Blue Jays' draft picks.
CJ Van Eyk