With the 12th pick in the draft, the Blue Jays have selected third baseman Jordan Groshans from Magnolia High School in Magnolia, Texas. In mock drafts, Groshans was projected to go 18th by ESPN and 29th by Baseball America.
Groshans, who doesn’t turn 19 until November, is basically the definition of a projectable talent, as he stands 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds and has massive power potential — if he fills out as anticipated, that is. No matter how he physically progresses in the future, though, he’s got a smooth right-handed swing and should be a pretty good contact hitter at the professional level. He’s a rangy infielder with a strong arm and should be solid wherever he plays along the diamond; he’s played short as a high-schooler, and while he probably won’t stick there as a pro, he projects as a very good third or second baseman.
Considering his youth and the question marks surrounding how much power he’ll hit for and what position he’ll play as a pro, Groshans is probably a guy that will need at least three full minor-league seasons, if not more, before he can be considered a candidate to contribute at the major-league level.