With the 139th pick of the MLB draft, the Toronto Blue Jays selected right handed pitcher Thomas Robson of Delta Secondary School in British Columbia, Canada. Robson is the first Canadian selected in the draft and if you listen out your window right now, that soft moan you hear is Canadian baseball custodian Bob Elliott’s orgasmic cry of joy.
As the fine analysts of the MLB Network were quick to point out, this isn’t the Blue Jays taking a Canadian kid for the sake of taking a Canadian kid. As a seventeen year old, the 6’4″, 205 lbs Robson has a lot of potential, and was thought of quite highly by a number of teams.
Nice well proportioned pitcher’s build, projects well. Pitches from the stretch, good lower half drive, 3/4′s release point, Steady 88-89 mph fastball, keeps it low in the strike zone, some late run/sink. Change is best secondary pitch, very nice tail, ideal arm speed, potential plus pitch. Slurve type curveball has short sweeping action, can be tightened up into a true slider. Works quick, mixes it up, shows plus command potential.