Can the Blue Jays draft first overall next year?

Back in March, I explored what a disastrous season for the Blue Jays would look like…

The pitching rotation could very easily be bad if Sanchez, Shoemaker, and Buchholz all struggle with injuries.
Vlad Jr. might not come out of the gate swinging like we expect him to and he could struggle to adapt to the Major League level.
Same goes for guys like Danny Jansen and Lourdes Gurriel, who could struggle in their first full big league season.

That’s, uh, pretty much exactly what’s happened here. Vlad Jr. had a slow start to his Major League career but has turned around in recent weeks and looks like the player we imagined he would. But the pitching rotation has been decimated by injuries to Ryan Borucki, Shoemaker, and Buccholz and virtually all of Toronto’s young toss-up types have struggled.
And here we are. The Jays are 23-39 for the season and it’s difficult to imagine things getting any better. My other disaster scenario was the team getting poor returns on trades for Ken Giles, Marcus Stroman, and Aaron Sanchez, which hopefully doesn’t happen.
We don’t know what the return will be for those three …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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