Ed. Note: The Rule 4 amateur draft is one of the most important days of the baseball year. Making the right selection on draft day reverberates throughout an organization, just as whiffing on a pick keeps general managers and scouting directors up at night.

Drafting is important but isn’t the be all, end all. The Toronto Blue Jays have a decent draft record over the past two decades. The team has, at times, been decent. That’s it. How did it happen? Craig Robinson dig into the Blue Jays drafting with the latest Flip Flop Fly Ball infographic.

Comments (14)

  1. Nice job especially on the first two graphics! Baseball America or Baseball Prospectus should adopt those for their handbooks and organizational info. They are really capture everything quite well. I know it would be a lot work but it would be an interesting project to see how other teams fared in relation to the Jays over that period.

  2. I didn’t realize how bad our drafting was in the early years.. Wonder if the drafting was a little better, if we could have had a better stretch in the mid-80′s

    • We won the division in 1985 and 1989 and finished 2nd in the Majors in 1987 to the Tigers who won our division.

      I assume you are being sarcastic.

      • Ah those 80s Jays, loved them, those were the best of times…well, the second-best of times I guess, after the 91-93 Jays. Although really in my mind as a fan back then, I tend to look at the 85-93 Jays as a single chunk of goodness.

        Still think the 87 Jays may have been our best team ever and could of won it all were it not for a couple of bad September injuries that seemed to torpedo everything. Woulda, shoulda, coulda of course, but I think we could have taken the Twins and Cardinals had we made it to the postseason.

  3. The Jays had two first rounders in 2012. Marcus Stroman is not listed.

  4. Awesome graph. How does it compare to the other teams?

  5. This is fantastic. Well done.

  6. Nicely done Craig

  7. David Purcey is still an active player? What a world!

  8. The Jays’ last pick from 2004 is still around, despite never having advanced beyond AA? Damn.

  9. First, very cool graphic.

    But I’m not sure I get your classification. The Jays also drafted Brad Hawpe, Chad Qualls, and Billy Traber after Hudson and all three signed mad made it to the Majors.

    The 50th round selection in 2004 didn’t sign with the Jays but is listed as active and in AA. (Which is true; he’s Jordan Lennerton, who was signed by the Tigers some years later.)

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