Toronto Blue Jays Draft History

All tables below are based on the amount of WAR each player produced during their first seven seasons in Major League Baseball. The WAR totals for each draft class include both Pitching and Hitting WAR, but excludes any player that did not sign with their drafting team. The total WAR also reflects the total value the drafted player provided, not just the value to his drafting team.

*Data accurate through 2019 season.

Top Five Draft Classes

1997Toronto Blue Jays51.7
1978Toronto Blue Jays47.8
1989Toronto Blue Jays38.2
1982Toronto Blue Jays37.3
1995Toronto Blue Jays35.8

Bottom Five Draft Classes

1979Toronto Blue Jays-0.8
1980Toronto Blue Jays0.0
1985Toronto Blue Jays0.7
1981Toronto Blue Jays0.8
1984Toronto Blue Jays0.8
This list excludes any season past 2010, since those draft classes have a multitude of active players.

Top Five Draft Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
19785106Dave Stieb28.9
19779233Jesse Barfield26.1
1995117Roy Halladay20.9
1989379John Olerud20.5
2010138Noah Syndergaard20.3
List made from top five WAR values alone.

Five Biggest Busts

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
198212Augie SchmidtNo MLB Experience
198012Garry HarrisNo MLB Experience
197913Jay SchroederNo MLB Experience
199614Billy Koch3.9
198115Matt Williams-0.2
List made from first round picks that produced less than 5.0 WAR in their first seven seasons and ordered by lowest overall pick.

Top Five Value Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
198920523Jeff Kent17.6
1997431280Orlando Hudson14.1
201132979Kevin Pillar11.8
199720599Mark Hendrickson11.1
199917523Reed Johnson8.1
List made from top five WAR values where a player was drafted outside of the first ten rounds.

Top Five Unsigned Draft Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
201018546Kris Bryant27.8
198536826Jim Abbott22.4
1988441140Scott Erickson18.4
2009137James Paxton17.0
201122679Aaron Nola16.5
List made from top five WAR values where a player did not sign with the team.

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