Blue Jays rolled dice on Beede

BOB ELLIOT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

They have made outstanding draft choices like Roy Halladay, Vernon Wells and Chris Carpenter over the years.

And there have been June draft picks they’d rather forget, such as Augie Schmidt, Matt Stark and Greg David, once dealt for visas.

Yet, the first player the Blue Jays selected their first 34 seasons had always signed.

Always.

Until Monday night when right-hander Tyler Beede declined the Jays $2-million US offer to pitch for the Vanderbilt University Commodores.

Slot money for Beede, selected 21st overall, was $1.332 million. The Jays offerred $1.54 million the same bonus as the Oakland A’s gave Sonny Gray (18th overall).

Then Jays bumped their offer to $2 million.

The Jays are used to competing against the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox yet their main competition Monday was Vanderbilt, whose season ended June 24 with a 6-4 loss to the Florida Gators at the College World Series in Omaha.

Right-hander Beede of Auburn, Mass., right-hander Kevin Comer of Tabernacle, N.J., a sandwich pick (57th) and outfielder John Norwood of Orange, N.J., a 12th-round pick, are all high school players, committed to playing for the Commodores next spring.

The Commodores went 2-1, gaining Beede and Norwood.

There must be one heck of a library in Nashville at the university Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt founded in the spring of 1873.

The Jays final offer to Cromer was $1.3 million …before they made a final, final offer of $1.65 million.

Cromer signed.

The deadline for signing drafted players was midnight Monday or teams would lose their rights.

The 6-foot-4 Beede is the son of Walter Beede, a 13th-rounder in 1981 by the Chicago Cubs, who played 27 games in the Gulf Coast League.

Beede led Auburn High to a state title as a sophomore in 2009 and transferred to Lawrence Academy where he was 7-0, with 0.32 ERA allowing eight hits and six walks allowed in 44 innings. He struck out 89.

His fastball was clocked at 93 m.p.h. deep into games. He has improved his curve and has a solid change-up.

Beede sent a letter to teams before the draft informing them his intention to go to college, asking that he not be selected.

Vandy vs. the Jays is a weird head-to-head.

Like the end of the 1995 season when the Florida Marlins battled the Jays for free-agents Al Leiter and Devon White. The Marlins were 2-0.

With extra seven of the first 78 selections, scouting director Andrew Tinnish was able to roll the dice.

The day began with 23 of the 33 first rounders unsigned, including six of the first seven.

The Jays had spent more than $5 million as Tinnish began Monday with seven of its 15 picks from the first 10 rounds unsigned.

The single-team bonus mark handed out by any team was $11,927,200 by the 2010 Washington Nationals.

The Jays spent $11,594,400 a year ago compared to $4.8952 million in 2009 and $4.3595 million in 2008.

Signed on Monday were:

n Second-round pick, lefty Daniel Norris, a high schooler from Johnson City, Tenn., who the Jays gave a $2 million bonus. He had committed to Clemson.

n Seventh-round pick shortstop Christian Lopes, a high schooler from Huntington Beach, Calif. who committed to Southern Cal signed for $800,000.

n Third baseman Matt Dean, who had committed to play for the University of Texas Langhorns, giving him $737,500. Selected in the 13th round, he was ranked by some scouts as the third best high schooler in the state, a combination of plus power, with 6.81 speed, a plus defender and very agile.

n And Comer.

After the draft one expert gazed at the Jays picks and evaluated their top 30 picks this way:

Very tough signs: Cole Wiper, 14th (Oregon), Aaron Nola, 22nd (LSU), Comer and Dean.

They were 2-for-4, signing Dean and Comer.

Tough signs: Andrew Chin, (Boston College) fifth, Mark Biggs, eighth (Louisville), Norwood, Cody Glenn, 15th (LSU), Luke Weaver, 19th (Florida State), Joel Seddon, 20th (South Carolina), Taylor Cole, 29th (BYU), Beede, Norris and Lopes.

They were 4-for-10 signing Biggs, Norris, Lopes and Cole.

Each July 31 trade deadline is greeted with great fervour.

Yet, Aug. 15 is when organizations re-stock.

Blue Jays signings

OF Jacob Anderson (first round, 35th overall), Chino Calif. HS $990,000

RHP Joe Musgrove (first round, 46th), El Cajon, Calif. HS $500,000

OF Dwight Smith Jr., (first round, 53rd), McIntosh Ga., HS $800,000

RHP Kevin Comer (first round, 57th), Tabernacle, N.J. $1.65 M

LHP Daniel Norris (second round, 74th), Johnson City, Tenn. HS $2 million

RHP Jeremy Gabryszwski (second round, 78th), Crosby, Tex. HS $575,000

RHP John Stilson (third round, 108th), Texas A&M $500,000

RHP Tom Robson, Ladner (fourth round, 139th), B.C. Langley Blaze $325,000

RHP Anthony DeSclafani (sixth round, 199th), Florida

SS Christian Lopes (seventh round, 229th), Huntington Beach, Calif. HS $800,000

RHP Mark Biggs (eighth round, 259th), Bowling Green, Ky. HS $600,000

SS Andy Burns (11th round, 349th) Arizona $250,000

3B Matt Dean (13th round, 409th), The Colony, Tex. HS $737,500

RHP Brady Dragmire (17th round, 529th), Sacramento, Calif. HS

2B Jon Berti (18th round, 559th), Bowling Green State

SS Peter Mooney (21st round, 649th), South Carolina

LHP David Rollins (24th round, 739th), San Jacinto JC

1B Eric Arce (25th round, 769th), Tampa

SS Justin Atkinson (26th round, 799th), North Surrey, B. C. Langley Blaze $100,000

OF Derrick Loveless (27th round, 829th), Solon, Iowa HS

SS Jorge Vega-Rosado (28th round, 859th), Miami Dade JC

RHP Taylor Cole (29th round, 889th), Brigham Young

1B Kevin Patterson (30th round, 919th), Auburn

OF Kevin Pillar (32nd round, 979th), Cal State Dominguez Hills

RHP Kramer Champlin (33rd round, 1009th), Arizona State

C Luis Munoz (34th round, 1039th) , Northwestern State

RHP Arik Sikula (36th round, 1099th), Marshall

RHP Les Williams (37th round, 1129th), Scarborough, Northeastern

OF Nico Taylor (38th round, 1159th), Northwood University

OF Nick Baligod (40th round, 1219th), Oral Roberts

SS Cody Bartlett (41st round, 1249th), Washington State

LHP Shane Davis (42nd round, 1279th) , Belmont, Ont., Canisius

RHP Colby Broussard (44th round, 1339th), Faulkner

RHP Shane Farrell (46th round, 1399th), Marshall

RHP Eric Brown (50th round, 1519th), Thunder Bay, UBC

Blue Jays unsigned players

RHP Tyler Beede (first round, 21st overall), Auburn Mass. HS

LHP Andrew Chin (fifth round, 169th), Cambridge, Mass. HS

LHP Andrew Suarez (ninth round, 289th), Miami, HS

RHP Aaron Garza (tenth round, 319th), Galveston, Tex. HS

OF John Norwood (12th round, 379th), Orange, N.J. HS

RHP Cole Wiper (14th round, 439th), Bellevue, Wash. HS

LHP Cody Glenn (15th round, 469, Houston HS

1B Richard Prigatano (16th round, 499th), Mountain View, Calif. HS

RHP Luke Weaver (19th round, 589th), DeLand, Fla. HS

RHP Joel Seddon (20th round, 619th), St. Clair, Mich.

RHP Aaron Nola (22nd round, 679th), Baton Rouge, La.

SS K’Shawn Smith (23rd round, 709th), Indian River JC

SS Austin Nola (31st round, 949th), LSU

RHP Jerrick Suiter (35th round, 1069th), Valparaiso, Ind. HS

RHP Chris Cox (39th round, 1189st), St. George’s Ont., Canisus

LHP Jake Eliopoulos (43rd round, 1309th), Newmarket, Ont. Troy Jet Box

3B Johnny Coy (45th round, 1369th), Wichita State

3B Austin Davis (47th round, 1429th), Bloomsburg, Pa. HS

OF Jake Wakamatsu (48th round, 1459th), Keller, Tex. HS

LHP Charlie LaMar (49th round, 1489th), Clearwater, Fla. HS


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