Lost Jays pick a letdown for scouts

Phil Bickford could not come to terms with the Blue Jays and will pitch for Cal-State Fullerton in...

Phil Bickford could not come to terms with the Blue Jays and will pitch for Cal-State Fullerton in the fall. (Toronto Sun files)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:02 PM ET

The voice of the Blue Jays (not Tom Cheek in the booth) the loudest voice, Bobby Mattick, be it in a meeting room or on a back field, had a saying about scouting:

“Judging ability is the easy part of scouting, what’s tough is figuring out signability.”

The Jays failed to sign their 2013 No. 1 pick, Phil Bickford, before Friday’s deadline, so the right-hander is off to Cal-State Fullerton this fall.


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