All-Time Toronto Blue Jays Draft

All-Time Toronto Blue Jays Draft

This article is part of our MLB Observations series.

For Wednesday's SiriusXM show and Daily Draft, we had Rob Silver join us to discuss the NFBC, the potential start of the MLB season and what it might look like, and to participate in an All-Time Blue Jays draft. Unlike our Cardinals draft earlier in the week, the Jays don't have a deep history, having been founded in 1977. So in a few a cases a good 2-3 years is all you need to make this squad.

We gave Rob first choice of picks, and he opted to go first. Liss went second, giving me the wheel. Unlike other franchises, the clear top two choices on the Jays' all-time list are pitchers, and that's the way it played out, with Rob selecting Roy Halladay and Liss taking Dave Steib. After those two, there's a huge drop-off among the pitchers - and that's a theme for this franchise. So many positions have stark tier drop-offs after the top player at his position. Thus, when I took Tony Fernandez along with Jose Bautista with my first two picks, I had a big advantage at shortstop.

Here are the full results of the draft, as always followed by the team breakdown:

1SilverRoy Halladay
1LissDave Steib
1EricksonJose Bautista
2EricksonTony Fernandez
2LissCarlos Delgado
2SilverRobbie Alomar
3SilverJimmy Key
3LissPat Hentgen
3EricksonRoger Clemens
4EricksonJesse Barfield
4LissVernon Wells
4SilverJohn Olerud
5SilverJosh Donaldson
5LissJuan Guzman
5EricksonLloyd Moseby
6EricksonTom Henke
6LissEdwin Encarnacion
6SilverJorge Bell
7SilverJoe Carter
7LissAaron Hill
7EricksonFred McGriff
8EricksonErnie Whitt
8LissKelly Gruber
8SilverDevon White
9SilverJim Clancy
9LissDavid Wells
9EricksonMarcus Stroman
10EricksonAlex Rios
10LissShannon Stewart
10SilverDuane Ward
11SilverRussell Martin
11LissShawn Green
11EricksonDoyle Alexander
12EricksonRance Mulliniks
12LissChris Carpenter
12SilverPaul Molitor
13SilverKelvim Escobar
13LissAlex Gonzalez
13EricksonDamaso Garcia
14EricksonMark Eichorn
14LissR.A. Dickey
14SilverAlfredo Griffin
15SilverBilly Koch
15LissGregg Zaun
15EricksonMarco Estrada

Results by Team:

CRussell MartinGregg ZaunErnie Whitt
1BJohn OlerudCarlos DelgadoFred McGriff
2BRobbie AlomarAaron HillDamaso Garcia
3BJosh DonaldsonKelly GruberRance Mulliniks
SSAlfredo GriffinAlex GonzalezTony Fernandez
OF1Jorge BellVernon WellsJose Bautista
OF2Joe CarterShannon StewartJesse Barfield
OF3Devon WhiteShawn GreenLloyd Moseby
UTPaul MolitorEdwin EncarnacionAlex Rios
P1Roy HalladayDave StiebRoger Clemens
P2Jimmy KeyPat HentgenTom Henke
P3Jim ClancyJuan GuzmanMarcus Stroman
P4Duane WardDavid WellsDoyle Alexander
P5Kelvim EscobarChris CarpenterMark Eichorn
P6Billy KochR.A. DickeyMarco Estrada

Take a look at those pitchers at the bottom of each team. It gets dicey pretty quick.

Who won this draft? Which players were notable omissions? Who should not have been taken?

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Jeff Erickson
Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of RotoWire and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He's also in the FSWA Hall of Fame. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).
Chris Liss
Chris Liss is RotoWire's Managing Editor and Host of RotoWIre Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius XM radio.
Rob Silver
Rob talks baseball on the Launch Angle podcast. He writes about baseball at Baseball Prospectus and was the 2016 NFBC Main Event winner. He talks politics on CBC's Power and Politics.
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