With the 29th pick in the draft, the Blue Jays selected Missouri State right-hander Jon Harris. Harris has been considered around the 10th pick in the draft, though ESPN's Keith Law has mocked him outside the top 30. There has been interest in Harris from both the Cubs and White Sox, with the Rays, Giants and Royals also looking at him if he gets past the two Chicago clubs.
harris' fall is an interesting one, and the Jays must be thrilled to get a top-10 talent in the late twenties.
Harris started 15 games for the Bears this year, completing one of them. He had an ERA of 2.45 and a WHIP of 1.08 in 103 innings. He struck out an excellent 10.14 batters per nine innings while walking just 3.14 per nine. There is concern about the level of competition he faced in the Missouri Valley this year, especially after he allowed eight runs on nine hits in 5⅔ innings to Arkansas in Missouri State's Super Regional over the weekend. However, the consensus is that Harris has the stuff to succeed at the next level, especially his plus slider.
Scouts also say there is some projectability in Harris as he adds muscle to his six-foot-four frame that cound increase the velocity on his fastball, which currently sits at about 92-94.