Blue Jays select Jeff Hoffman with ninth overall pick

Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

Bob Elliott, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:24 PM ET

Rather than fret about a young pitcher being felled by Tommy John surgery, the Blue Jays selected an arm who has already had the procedure.

The Blue Jays chose East Carolina Pirates right-hander Jeff Hoffman, who had the surgery in mid-May, ninth overall Thursday night.

And two picks later, Jays scouting director Brian Parker chose Kennesaw State Owls catcher Max Pentecost.

The general thinking in the industry was that the Jays can sign Hoffman below the $3,080,800 million slot and then pay their second pick more than the assigned $2,888,300 million value. However, neither Hoffman nor Pentecost are considered to be difficult signs.

Former Jays first-round selection Tyler Beede was difficult three drafts ago and chose to attend Vanderbilt. He was selected 14th overall by the San Francisco Giants. The Jays originally chose Beede 21st overall in 2011.


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