2005 Toronto Blue Jays Draft Selections

In what was perhaps the clearest projection in the J.P. Ricciardi era, the Toronto Blue Jays selected Cal-State Fullerton LHP Ricky Romero with the sixth overall pick in the 2005 Amateur Draft. With the signing of Corey Koskie this winter, the Blue Jays forfeited their second round selection, and went with two college seniors in the third and fourth rounds.

1st Round: LHP Ricky Romero, Cal-State Fullerton
Romero is the best left-hand pitcher in this draft, and is compared to Twins starter Johan Santana with his stuff. He features a fastball regularly clocked between 88-91 MPH, but has reached 93 MPH at times. His curveball is his best "out" pitch, and most dominating pitch. Romero throws his 12-6 curveball in the 74-78 MPH range. His third pitch is a changeup, which has improved from his sophomore season, and the left-hander throws it in the 80-82 MPH range with solid sink and fade. Romero also features a slider that is clocked 81-82 MPH, but he has not thrown it often. The slider, however, is a pitch if he perfects could be effective against right-hand batters. Aside from being very good on the mound, Romero is an excellent student of the game and has a tremendous mental approach as he walks to the mound.

2nd Round: NO SELECTION

3rd Round: Brian Pettway, OF, University of Mississippi

Just like in 2004 the Blue Jays went with a college senior selecting a two-way player from Mississippi and announcing him as a right fielder. Pettway, who will be twenty-two years old on July 29, is a senior that needs to work on his fielding, however, has real potential with his bat. The Mississippi native has a solid approach at the plate and projects to be more of a doubles hitter than a home run hitter. Pettway was the winner of the Boo Ferriss Trophy this year awarded to the Top College Baseball Player in the State of Mississippi.

4th Round: Ryan Patterson, LF, LSU

Patterson, who was was originally drafted in the 34th Round of the 2002 Draft by the Atlanta Braves, is the second college senior to be selected by the Jays, following a familiar path for the organization. Over the past three years Patterson had 40 home runs for LSU and batted .353, while driving in 174 runs. In 805 at bats the left fielder has struck out just 113 times. Scouts are not completely sold on Patterson's power as he enters professional baseball.

5th Round: Jonathan Eric Fowler, LHP, University of Mississippi

Fowler, 22, is 7-2 with a 3.09 ERA this season for Ole Miss. In 81.2 innings he has allowed 69 hits, issued 22 walks and struck out 94 batters. The 6'3, 215 pound left-hander was expected to be drafted late in Day 1, and it is expected that the Jays will sign him quickly. He is a soft-tossing lefty with his fastball clocked between 87-89 MPH, and features a slider with plus potential. Fowler has experience as both a starter and a reliever, and it is now yet know how the Jays view him as. Opposing batters are hitting .222 off him this season.

6th Round: Josh Bell, C, Auburn University

Bell, a switch-hitting catcher, was drafted just one round lower than in 2002 when the Cardinals selected him in the fifth round. Bell has been moved all around the infield, including the pitching mound, but has appeared to find his home behind the plate. He has an above average throwing arm from the plate, plus power for a catcher, and it will be interesting to see if Bell remains behind the plate. This season the 6'0, 200 pound catcher hit .338 with 11 home runs and 59 RBI.

7th Round: Robert Ray, RHP, Texas A&M

Ray has tremendous potential and was considered a premium talent after his sophomore season with Texas A&M. He features a low-to-mid 90s fastball and a plus curveball, with a good changeup that gets left-hand batters out. Just like Fowler, he has experience pitching both as a starter and a reliever. Ray finished 2-4 with one save and a 3.78 ERA this season. He allowed 54 hits and 13 walks while striking out 59 in 64 1/3 innings.

8th Round: Jacob Butler, OF, University of Nevada

Butler is the third college senior to be selected by the Jays in this draft and all of his ability is dependent upon his bat. Butler hit .333 this season with 11 home runs and 43 RBI for Nevada and in his four-year career hit 39 home runs and drove in 156 runs. The 6'1, 200 pound outfielder was selected on the First Team All WAC for the second straight season in 2005.

9th Round: Paul Phillips, RHP, Oakland University

Phillips is filled with potential, but also has some injury concerns. He features a fastball in the 89-94 MPH range, and has a nasty slider that is clocked in the 83-86 MPH range. Some scouts have questioned his mechanics and believe they will lead to arm and shoulder injuries in the future. He had labrum surgery in 2003, and this season went 2-8 with a 4.23 ERA, with opponents hitting .298 off him. Phillips is just twenty-one years old and could return for his junior season. If he signs he projects more as a reliever. If he signs with the Jays he could be a player to keep on eye on.

10th Round: Josh Sowers, RHP, Yale University

Josh, is the twin brother of Jeremy Sowers, and went 6-1 with a 2.10 ERA this year, striking out 63 batters in 60 innings. Josh does not throw hard as his fastball is clocked in the 86-89 MPH range but had late movement and has an above average slider in his repertoire. He could be moved to the bullpen as he enters professional baseball.

11th Round: Wesley Stone, 2B, AB Miller High School

Stone played shortstop in college, however, the Jays announced him as a second baseman and he is expected to play second base if he signs. He is more advanced on the defensive aspect of the game and projects to be a solid middle infielder. He has a short stroke, but sometimes feels he can hit the long ball and that is when he gets himself in trouble. Stone can hit the fastball very well.

12th Round: William Carnline, RHP, Texas Tech University

Carnline went 7-3 with a 4.27 ERA this season for Texas Tech. In 78 innings, he allowed 90 hits, issued 36 walks and struck out 62 batters. Carnline is not a power pitcher barely reaching 90 MPH on the radar gun. The 6'3, 185 pound junior spent just one season with Texas Tech after transferring from Wharton Junior College. There, he set a school record with 36 wins. The right-hander was drafted by the New York Yankees out of high school.

13th Round: Anthony Hatch, 3B, Nicholls State

Hatch hit .393 with 6 home runs and 29 RBI this season for Nicholls State. Hatch, a college senior, is a terrific athlete and the Jays are planning on moving him over to third base, after playing first base for Nicholls State. His season was cut short after he broke his hamate bone (wrist). The infielder profiles well as a third baseman with his plus power.

14th Round: Sean Stidfole, RHP, Penn State

Sean is the second twin to be selected in the 2005 draft by the Jays. His brother Alan also pitched for Penn State this season. Scouts view Sean a little better than his brother, however, both slipped down in the draft. The 6'3, 193 pound right-hander features a 88-91 MPH fastball and a slider that scouts view as an out pitch. Stidfole, who was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team for the second straight season, went 6-3 with a 3.89 ERA, and struck out 8.69 batters per-nine-innings. He started 14 games and had three complete games.

15th Round: Sean Shoffit

Shoffit is a solid fielding infielder who has plans on attending Oklahoma University.

16th Round: Kyle Bohm, C, Univ. of Michigan

Bohm played first base in Michigan but the Jays will move him behind the plate. Bohm's best tool is his bat, and behind the plate his value increases because of his power potential. The 6'1, 225 pound infielder was expected to be drafted early in 2004, however, word spread that he did not want to continue a baseball career. Bohm might be attending Medical School which means the Jays might not end up signing him.

17th Round: Floyd Tyler Norrick, LHP, Southern Illinois

Norrick was expected to go in the first five rounds of the draft but slipped because teams were worried about his role in professional baseball. The 6'3, 195 pound left-hander profiles better as a reliever with a low 90s fastball and a slider in the upper 70's to low 80's. Since he was drafted so late it is expected that he will go back to Southern Illinois.

18th Round: Robert Hogue, LHP, St. Joseph HS

Round 19: Reidier Gonzalez, RHP, St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC

Round 20: Zach Kalter, OF, Southern California

Round 21: Chris Martinez, C, St. Thomas (Fla.)

Round 22: Dennis Bigley, RHP, Oral Roberts

Round 23: Manuel Garcia, RHP, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Toa Baja, P.R.

Round 24: Alex McRobbie, RHP, UC Santa Barbara

Round 25: Philip Carey, SS, A.B. Lucas HS, London, Ontario

Round 26: Steven Bernhard, SS, Central Florida

Round 27: Robert Nicoll, RHP, UConn -Avery Point

Round 28: Scott Byrnes, RHP, Purdue U.

Round 29: John Roberts, OF, Pryor (Okla.) HS

Round 30: Trent Luyster, LHP, Ohio State

Round 31: Jason Riley, C, North HS, Riverside, Calif.

Round 32: Matt Cooksey, OF, George Mason



Round 34: Marc Thurman, LHP, Westlake HS

Round 35: Derek Tarapacki, RHP, Yavapai College

Round 36: Hector Delagillo, RHP, U Incarnate World

Round 37: Christopher Looze, 1B, George Mason

Round 38: Adam DiMichaele, RHP, Okaloosa Walton CC

Round 39: Joshua Celigoy, 1B, Lewis & Clark College

Round 40: Albert Quintana, C, Cal St Northridge

Round 41: Eric Oxio, LF, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy HS

Round 42: Brett Wallace, 1B, Justin-Siena HS (California)

Round 43: Thomas Falkenback, RHP, Florida

Round 44: Eric Larson, CF, Brown U

Round 45: Michael Barbara, RHP, St Petersburg JC

Round 46: Corey Weglin, RHP, Sacramento CC

Round 47: Kyle Thornton, RHP, Odessa College

Round 48: Kevin Denis-Fortier,1B, Edward Montpetit HS

Round 49: Nicholas Nordgren, CF, Jefferson HS

Round 50: Brian Mooney, LHP, Walt Whitman HS (NY)

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