2014 MLB Draft: No. 49 – Toronto Blue Jays – Sean Reid-Foley
The Toronto Blue Jays have one of the steals of the draft in Sean Reid-Foley, drafted in the second round – 49th overall. Reid-Foley, a Florida State commit, has an array of established pitches with which to pound the strike zone with. His fastball tops out at around 97 mph, and his three off-speed pitches compliment that heat enough, to be a future front of the rotation starter in Canada.
While he has a degree of polish to his game already, Reid-Foley will need to develop all four of his pitches to be the complete pitcher he promises to be. Major league comparisons link him to Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners, and while he may be slightly lighter than King Felix at 210 pounds, the 19 year old has the potential of pitching four above average pitches in the big leagues.
Pairing Reid-Foley with number one prospect, Aaron Sanchez, the Blue Jays have their one-two punch for the future. When General Manager Alex Anthopoulos traded half of his farm system for the likes of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and R.A. Dickey two years ago, it depleted the Blue Jays’ pipeline significantly. With the addition of Reid-Foley, Anthopoulos can sleep slightly easier knowing that he is on his way to restocking his minor league affiliates.
There may be a bottleneck however, as Reid-Foley was tipped by many to go within the top twenty picks, yet dropped to the second round. This may be a sign of the difficulty in signing the nineteen year old, and scared off a lot of teams as a result. The recommended signing bonus for the 49th pick is just over $1,000,000 and the Blue Jays will likely have to spend above that to sign their new draftee. Should they indeed sign him, expect him to be ready by the 2018 season.