Blue Jays tab Canadian Kellogg in 12th round

Blue Jays tab Canadian Kellogg in 12th round

Blue Jays tab Canadian Kellogg in 12th round
TORONTO -- The first Canadian the Blue Jays took off the board in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft was left-hander Ryan Kellogg from Whitby, Ont., in the 12th round.

Kellogg was considered to be the top Canadian heading into the Draft, but concerns over whether he would sign likely dropped his stock, as he's committed to attend Arizona State University in the fall.

Once Toronto saw him available in the 12th round, however, it couldn't pass on selecting the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder.

"We like Ryan Kellogg, we're hopeful we can work something out," said Blue Jays amateur scouting director, Andrew Tinnish. "It's very difficult for me at this point to say that we are or aren't going to be able to work something out, because I don't know what type of flexibility we will have. It's too early in the process to be able to say, 'Yeah, we feel like we are going to able to do something,' or 'No, we are not going to be able to do something.' Obviously we see the player that we want to sign, that we have interest in."

Kellogg and the Blue Jays haven't talked numbers yet, but he does have an idea of what his decision will be.

"I'm not sure what the offer is, but at this point, it looks like I'll be going to Arizona," Kellogg said. "That could change, you never know, but at this point I'm leaning toward ASU."

Blue Jays scout Jamie Lehman, who is an area scout for the team and was the Toronto representative who contacted Kellogg, told him to enjoy the day and not worry about trying to strike a deal. Kellogg was alone when he heard the news, and received it from Canadian Junior National teammate Dayton Dawe, who was drafted by the Yankees in the 15th round.

While Kellogg is leaning toward fulfilling his commitment at ASU, he is leaving the door open, and there is no other pro team he would rather play for than Toronto.

"It does mean a little bit more, the fact the Canadian team is trying to build homegrown talent," Kellogg said. "I grew up rooting for the Blue Jays, so possibly having the chance to play there in the future is very appealing to me."

Kellogg started throwing a cutter a month ago, in addition to a curveball, a changeup -- which is his out-pitch -- and a fastball that sits in the upper-80s and has reached as high as 92 mph. He has been an integral part of Canada's junior team over the past few years.

"Another big left-hander, great kid, Canadian kid," Tinnish said. "Certainly we would love for him to be in a Blue Jays uniform sooner than later, but at this point, we have other things to focus on before we can address that."