The Mark Shapiro Era Draft Retrospective: 2016

The Blue Jays have five top 100 picks in this years draft

This will allow the team to bolster their farm system once again. Therefore, in this article, we’ll be looking at every top 100 pick since the Ross Atkins and Mark Shapiro regime took over.
Originally, this was going to be just a single article, but I’ll be doing a deep dive on every single player mentioned here. In today’s edition, we’ll be looking at the Shapkins first draft with the Jays, the 2016 draft.
Here they picked a college arm, a player with an interesting trade tree, and an all-star calibre shortstop.
T.J Zeuch:
Chosen with the 21st pick, T.J Zeuch didn’t live up to expectations.
The large righty was drafted out of the University of Pittsburgh and has put up “meh” numbers throughout his time in the minors. In 466.1 innings pitched, he has posted a 3.99 ERA across all levels.
T.J Zeuch is a ground ball pitcher through and through. In those 466.1 innings pitched, he only has a K/9 of 6.8, well below the average for a pitcher. Looking at his Fangraphs page, you see a lot of 50% ground ball rates throughout each level.
Now, if you want to talk about his best minor league season, it was back in 2018 with Toronto’s Double A team, where he posted a 3.08 ERA and 3.61 FIP in 120 innings pitched. He put up solid results afterwards, including a 4.03 ERA and 4.59 FIP with Buffalo last season, but 2018 is …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

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