June 25, 2021

Friday Bantering: Rule 5 thoughts and other Blue Jays stuff (Bluebird Banter)


Over at MLB.com they have a listing of each team’s most ‘intriguing’ Rule 5 prospect. For the Jays, it isn’t a surprise:

Blue Jays: Jackson McClelland, RHP (NR) – After going unselected in last year’s Rule 5 Draft, the former 15th-round pick (2015) proceeded to climb from Double-A to Triple-A in 2019, posting a 3.77 ERA with a .215 BAA and 56/32 K/BB in 57 1/3 innings (43 appearances). A big, physical right-hander who’s listed at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, McClelland operates with power stuff in mid- to upper-90s fastball and hard breaking ball, though his strike-throwing leaves something to be desired, and he’s never missed as many bats as the stuff suggests he should.

If you read through the players available from the other teams, there are some good prospects out there, including some other hard throwing pitchers, but most are a long way away from the majors. If I was going to take someone, for the Jays, I might go for Jordan Sheffield from the Dodgers. A right-handed reliever who held batters to a .168 BA and had 74 strikeouts in 55 innings between A ad AA.

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Will the Jays lose Jackson McClelland in the Rule 5 draft?

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