Judging from our last few MODs, it certainly seems like the focus among Jays fans is on adding high-upside offense to go with the tremendous pitching in the team's farm system.
It sounds like that is the Blue Jays focus too. Bob Elliott listed a few names on the Jays' radar a couple of weeks back (http://m.torontosun.com/2012/04/28/bob-elliotts-baseball-notebook) and all of them were prep position players: Gavin Cecchini, Courtney Hawkins, David Dahl, DJ Davis, Lewis Brinson and Stryker Trahan.
We'll get into rankings in the next MOD, but to frame that, here are a few questions for discussion purposes:
1) If we agree that offense is the focus, where do some of the college bats fit in? Some options around where the Jays pick in Round 1 may be Richie Shaffer, Stephen Piscotty, Deven Marrero and Tyler Naquin. Do any of them seem like "Jays picks?" Would you take any of them over some of the higher upside prep players discussed?
2) Obviously, we can't ignore pitching, even if we agree that taking offense would be preferable if the players are right. Who are some of the realistically-available pitchers you would take if they were left on the board at 17 or 22, ahead of the offensive players?
3) The Jays are quite stocked at the catcher position. It's often said that you don't draft for need, but would this impact your opinion on Stryker Trahan? Does he project to have the bat to be a strong contributor if he moves off of catcher?
4) I'm attaching a poll on the players named in the Elliott piece, minus Courtney Hawkins who I think is likely to be taken by the time the Jays pick.
Which of these players would be your top pick for the Jays in the first round?
Gavin Cecchini, SS (15 votes)
David Dahl, OF (11 votes)
DJ Davis, OF (1 vote)
Lewis Brinson, OF (2 votes)
Stryker Trahan, C (4 votes)
Other (5 votes)
38 total votes