What they said about the kids

BOB ELLIOTT, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:01 AM ET

TORONTO - Pre-draft scouting reports of the Canadians and Blue Jays selections picked so far in the major league draft, as provided by Perfect Game scouting service:

JAMESON TAILLON

RHP, The Woodlands (Texas) HS, 2nd overall, Pirates

PROFILE: Taillon was an easy consensus choice as the top high-school prospect entering 2010 and was on the short list of most clubs for the No. 1 selection overall, something no high-school righty has ever achieved. At 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds, ďJamoĒ (as heís known to everyone) has intimidating size that is magnified for hitters by a cross-body, mid-3/4s release point that creates a severe angle to the plate. Taillon is athletic and has little problem repeating his delivery and release point. Heís comfortable pitching in the 94-96 m.p.h range from both the stretch and windup. He topped out at 96 m.p.h. last June at Perfect Gameís National Showcase, where he established himself as the top arm for this yearís draft. Taillon has been topping out at 98 m.p.h in almost every game this spring. His most impressive pitch may not be his fastball, but his curve. It has slider-equivalent velocity in the low-80s, but true curveball action with a big, downer break. He has also shown a feel for a change, although he doesnít need to throw it very often against high-school competition. Very few prep righthanders have ever been considered legit candidates for the No. 1 overall pick (Josh Beckett in 1999 may have been the last).

DECK McGUIRE

RHP, Georgia Tech, 11th overall, Blue Jays

PROFILE: McGuire has emerged as an elite prospect a little more quietly than some of his peers. He positioned himself as a significant first-round candidate with an outstanding sophomore season at Georgia Tech, earning Atlantic Coast Conference pitcher-of-the-year honors for an 11-2, 3.50 campaign, with 118 strikeouts in 100 innings. He enhanced his status with a fast start to the 2010 season, going 4-1, 1.17 with 49 strikeouts in his first 46 innings and out-dueling the more acclaimed Matt Harvey, 2-1, in a key ACC showdown between Georgia Tech and North Carolina in March.

At 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, McGuire is one of the more polished pitchers. He relies equally on raw stuff and advanced pitchability for his success. He has three quality big-league pitches, including a fastball, consistently in the 89-92 m.p.h. While his velocity isnít overpowering, especially for a pitcher his size, he gets good sinking action. His high-70s breaking ball, a cross between a slider and curve, is one of the best, and his change is above average. He gets high marks for his deceptive delivery, impressive command and excellent mound presence. For all the success McGuire has enjoyed at Georgia Tech, acclaim has been relatively slow in coming.

KELLIN DEGLAN

Catcher, Langley, B.C. 22nd overall, Rangers

PROFILE: Deglanís stock continued and he should also be one of the first prep catchers selected in what is a slim draft for that commodity.

Deglan has an outstanding young catcherís physical profile, with a strong still lean 6-foot-2, 200-pound build.

While his plus arm strength and athletic movements behind the plate get the most notice, it will likely be his left-handed bat that makes the difference in his development and eventual ceiling.

Deglan has a quick and relatively short swing, with very good rhythm through contact and some lift for future power. Heís very polished for a Canadian prospect as he has caught for Canadaís junior national team internationally.

He has also starred for the B.C.-based Langley Blaze, that often ventures to Arizona and matches up against top minor leaguers in exhibition games during spring training in the spring and instructional league in the fall.

Deglan has committed to Florida International, which would require him to go all the way across the continent for college, though itís looking increasingly likely he wonít make it past this yearís draft.

AARON SANCHEZ

RHP, Barstow, Calif. HS, 34th over-all, Jays

PROFILE: Strained oblique late shouldnít cost him draft slot, dominant all season (7-0, 0.69), velocity often up to 95 m.p.h.

Noah Syndergaard

RHP, Mansfield, Tex. HS, 38th overall, Jays

PROFILE: Late riser, 6-5, 200-pounder with upside, fastball touching 94 mph late in spring, could be draft-day surprise

Asher Wojciechowski

RHP, The Citadel, 41st over-all, Jays

PROFILE: Likely first-rounder with mid-90s fastball and plus slider, having a huge year (10-2, 3.23, 103 IP, 128 SO)


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