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Blue Jays go pitching heavy on Day 2

Blue Jays go pitching heavy on Day 2

Blue Jays go pitching heavy on Day 2
The Blue Jays picked up where they left off when the 2011 First-Year Player Draft resumed on Tuesday, continuing to stockpile high school players and pitchers.

The Blue Jays used their first two picks of the Draft's second day on high school pitchers and through 10 rounds had made 15 picks -- 14 of them high school players, 12 were pitchers.

After the 10th round, the team began to stock the cupboard with more position players, selecting four infielders and an outfielder over the next eight rounds.

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The Blue Jays also continued to be one of the more aggressive teams at the Draft, targeting high-ceiling players who already had college committments. A handful of those players will demand stiff signing bonuses in order to join the Blue Jays instead of going to college and re-entering the draft.

74. Daniel Norris -- LHP, Science Hill High School, Tenn.
The Blue Jays' biggest splash of the day was selecting Norris, a highly-touted left-hander, with their first pick of the second round.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder was seen as one of the top left-handed high school pitchers in the Draft, but fell to the second round because he has already committed to play at Clemson.

Norris has a plus fastball which averages around 92 mph that he uses to set up his hard curveball and changeup. Scouts have been impressed with his mound presence and project Norris as a No. 3 starter in the Major Leagues.

There are slight mechanical concerns with Norris' unusual delivery, but, just three months removed from his 18th birthday, the southpaw will have plenty of time to work on his arm action.

He went 8-2 for Science Hill this season with a 2.24 ERA, striking out 123 batters and giving up just 37 hits over 68 2/3 innings.

78. Jeremy Gabryszwski -- RHP, Crosby High School, Tex.
Gabryszwski is a 6-foot-4, 205-pounder with a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s. He was named the 2011 defensive player of the year in Crosby's 19-4A district and a 2010 first team All-District pitcher.

108. John Stilson -- RHP, Texas A&M
Like Norris, Stilson is another highly-touted pitching prospect who was projected to go high in the Draft, but slid due to a torn labrum he suffered this May, requiring surgery.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound junior served as Texas A&M's closer in 2010, but was moved to the rotation in '11 which helped his Draft stock. He went 5-1 with a 1.59 ERA in 14 games this season, striking out 89 batters and allowing 69 hits in 85 innings.

He led the nation with a 0.80 ERA as a closer in 2010, striking out 114 batters in 79 innings.

Stilson has a fastball that he throws in the mid-to-high-90s which he mixes with a curveball, slider and changeup. The low-80s changeup with late movement is said to be his best out pitch.

If the Blue Jays sign Stilson, his future could veer in two very different directions. Some scouts look at his strong fastball, changeup mix and think he is a future closer while others point to his success this year as a starter and see him as a rotation candidate.

139. Thomas Robson -- RHP, Delta Secondary School
The 17-year-old Robson was the first Canadian taken in the draft out of Delta Secondary School in British Columbia, Canada.

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The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder works quickly and has impressed scouts with his command and mound presence. He made two starts against a tough Cuban team at last year's World Junior Championship, including a six-inning scoreless performance in the round robin. Cuba won the tournament.

Robson features a high-80s to low-90s fastball with late movement and a plus changeup which tails off at the end. Still more than two years from his 20th birthday, many scouts believe Robson can increase his arm strength and ramp his fastball up to the mid-90s as he matures. The Ladner, B.C. native also throws a sweeping curveball.

Robson actually faced the Blue Jays this spring when the Canadian Junior National Team squared off against Toronto in an exhibition game. He gave up three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two in a game the Blue Jays won, 9-0.

Robson is committed to pitch for Central Arizona Community College next season.

169. Andrew Chin -- LHP, Buckingham Browne and Nichols
Chin's fastball is not overpowering, rather it's the plus curveball and changeup that he throws for strikes that has impressed scouts. The 18-year-old is 6-foot-1, 180 pounds and is verbally committed to pitch for Boston College.

199. Anthony DeSclafani -- RHP, Florida
DeSclafani is a 21-year-old junior at Florida. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound right-hander made 19 appearances (six starts) for Florida in 2010, finishing 2-3 with a 7.08 ERA. He struck out 29 batters over 40 2/3 innings.

229. Christian Lopes -- SS, Edison High School
The right-handed hitting Lopes was the first position player taken by the Blue Jays on Tuesday out of Edison High School in California. The 6-foot, 190-pounder is a polished hitter with above average speed on the base paths. He is committed to play for USC.

259. Mark Biggs -- RHP, Warren East High School
Biggs is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound right-hander who is committed to the University of Louisville for next season. He throws a 90 mph fastball and a sharp curveball in the high 70s. Biggs is 4-0 with a 2.28 ERA in eight games this season, striking out 41 batters over 30 2/3 innings. Biggs also plays third base at Warren East, hitting .442 and leading the team with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in 33 games.

289. Andrew Suarez -- LHP, Christopher Columbus High School
The 6A Division Pitcher of the Year in Florida last year, Suarez is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound left-hander. In November he committed to the University of Miami.

319. Aaron Garza -- RHP, Galveston Ball High School
Garza, a 6-foot-4, 160-pounder from Texas has signed a letter of intent with the University of Houston.

349. Andrew Burns -- SS, Arizona
Burns, who was originally drafted by the Rockies in the 25th round of the 2008 Draft, is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound shortstop at Arizona. In 2010 he hit 18 home runs with 63 RBIs in 100 games for the Wildcats.

379. John Norwood -- CF, Seton Hall Prep School, N.J.
Norwood is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-hander with a quick bat and good speed on the basepaths. He is a solid defender in the outfield and is committed to Vanderbilt.

409. Matt Dean -- 3B, The Colony HS
Dean -- committed to the University of Texas -- has played both third base and shortstop in high school, although he is big for a shortstop at 6-foot-3, 190-pounds. At the plate, Dean has a smooth swing and generates plenty of power with good bat speed.

439. Nicholas Wiper -- RHP, Newport HS
Better known by the first name Cole, Wiper is a 6-foot-4, 185-pound right-hander with a fastball in the low 90s. The 19-year-old went 5-0 last year and has signed a letter of intent with the University of Oregon.

469. Cody Glenn -- LHP, Westbury Christian School
Glenn, who has committed to play for Louisiana State University next year, is a tall left-hander with a low 90s fastball.

499. Richard Prigatano -- 1B, St. Francis HS
The 18-year-old helped St. Francis win the West Catholic Athletic League championship in 2011, going 6-for-9 with five runs and four RBIs over three games. In 30 games with the Lancers in 2011, Prigatano hit .484 with six home runs and 28 RBIs. He also stole nine bases in 10 attempts.

529. Brody Dragmire -- RHP, Bradshaw Christian HS
The six-foot, 180-pounder was a standout athlete at Bradshaw Christian, leading the small school to its second consecutive Division VI baseball championship this year. The 18-year-old allowed just four hits while striking out eight in the championship game -- a 15-2 victory over Delta -- while going 2-for-2 with a double and four runs scored at the plate.

Dragmire, whose fastball was clocked at 94 mph this season, also played football and basketball at Bradshaw Christian.

559. Jonathon Berti -- 2B, Bowling Green
Berti led Bowling Green with a .356 average (64-for-180) in 2011, hitting eight doubles and six triples. The speedy 21-year-old scored 34 runs and stole 18 bases in 23 attempts. Berti's father, Tom, played two years of Minor League baseball in the Tigers organization.

589. Luke Weaver -- RHP, Deland HS
The 6-foot-1, 154-pound Weaver throws a low-90s fastball and a changeup. He was an All-Area first-team selection the past two seasons and led Deland in 2010 with a 1.35 ERA and 56 strikes in 52 innings. The 17-year-old has committed to Florida State.

619. Joel Seddon - RHP, St. Clair HS
Seddon can use four pitches on the mound: a fastball in the high 80s to low 90s, a low 70s curveball, a high 70s slider and a mid 70s changeup.

Last season, the 18-year-old led St. Clair to a regional title, posting a 10-1 record with a 0.77 ERA and 109 strikeouts over 72 2/3 innings. Seddon also served as St. Clair's shortstop, batting .417 with four home runs and 40 RBIs.

He has committed to play for defending NCAA champion South Carolina next year.

649. Peter Mooney -- SS, South Carolina
Mooney was selected in the 37th round of the 2009 draft by the Cubs and the 46th round of last year's draft by the Cardinals, but opted both years to return to college at South Carolina. The 20-year-old hit .356 in 2010 with 10 doubles, three home runs and 28 RBIs after batting .383 in 2009 with 9 doubles and 22 RBIs.

679. Aaron Nola -- RHP, Catholic HS
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Nola was named to the Louisiana All-State team last year after putting up a 7-1 record with a 1.00 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 38 innings. The 18-year-old has committed to Louisiana State University.

709. K'Shawn Smith -- SS, Indian River State College
Smith, a freshman at Indian River State, played 46 games this year, hitting .284 (46-for-162) with two home runs, eight doubles, three triples, 38 runs and 16 RBIs. The 5-foot-10, 165-pounder also stole five bases.

739. David Rollins -- LHP, San Jacinto College North
Rollins started 14 games for San Jacinto last season, going 7-3 with a 3.34 ERA and 87 strikeouts over 83 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old tossed a no-hitter on April 6 against Weatherford College, throwing a complete game and allowing just three walks while striking out four.

769. Eric Arce -- 1B, No School

Arce is a 5-foot-9, 204-pound left-handed hitter who attended Lakeland High School in Florida and signed a commitment letter to Florida State University. He was previously drafted by the Blue Jays in the 27th round of the 2010 Draft after being selected as a second team All-American. He has also played catcher and second base.

799. Justin Atkinson -- SS, North Surrey
Atkinson is a Langley Blaze and Canadian Junior National Team teammate of Thomas Robson, who the Blue Jays selected in the fourth round. Atkinson, a 17-year-old native of North Surrey, British Columbia, is batting .459 (28-for-61) in 20 games for the Blaze in 2011, hitting four doubles and 13 RBIs.

829. Derrick Loveless -- LF, Solon Sr HS
Loveless hit .528 with 24 stolen bases last season. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has committed to Iowa where his father, Derrius, played football.

859. Jorge Vega-Rosado -- SS, Miami Dade CC South
Vega-Rosado hit .357 (46-for-129) in 42 games for Miami Dade this year with nine doubles and 36 RBIs. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder stole 10 bases in 11 attempts

889. Taylor Cole -- RHP, Brigham Young
Cole made 15 starts for Brigham Young this season, going 5-5 with a 2.99 ERA and 67 strikeouts over 94 1/3 innings. The 21-year-old threw a one-hitter over seven innings against Northern Illinois and struck out a career-high 10 in 7 1/3 innings against Utah. He was previously drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 31st round of the 2008 Draft.

919. Kevin Patterson - 1B, Auburn
The hulking 22-year-old, who is 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, hit .277 (54-for-195) for Auburn this season with eight home runs and 43 RBIs and 24 of his 54 hits went for extra bases.

Last season, he was named a first-team All-SEC designated hitter after batting .315 (39-for-124) with 16 home runs and 33 RBIs. He was drafted in the 23rd round by the Rays in 2010.

Live coverage of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft resumes at noon ET Wednesday on MLB.com, where fans will receive exclusive coverage of Day 3, featuring a live pick-by-pick stream, expert commentary and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player. You can also keep up to date at Draft Central and by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.

Arden Zwelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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