Blue Jays Sign Austin Martin in Franchise Record Deal

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The Blue Jays signed first-round pick Austin Martin to a franchise record $7,000,825. Martin is now the second highest paid draft pick, behind only Detroit’s Spencer Torkelson. Additionally, the Blue Jays will not have to forfeit a pick next year for spending the maximum they could in their pool.

Martin on the 60-Man Roster?

The Blue Jays could add Martin to their 60-man roster this year. With no Minor league games, Martin’s only exposure to professional baseball would be through spending time with the big league club. The best pure-hitter in the draft, he would be able to spend time with the young Jays’ core, learning how to approach a big league pitcher. In his college career, Martin played no games at short, instead playing 56 games at third base.

However, if Martin were to be put on the roster, he most likely will not be there as a shortstop or third baseman. In his final season, shortened due to Covid-19, Martin played 12 of the 16 games in center field. With Martin’s speed, and soft hands, fans could see Martin’s debut chasing down balls in the outfield.

In conclusion, don’t expect to see Martin take the field this year. If he does get put on the 60-man roster, it will be to get the feel of being around the organization.

All Draft Picks Signed

Austin Martin is the last of the Blue Jays picks to sign. Second round pick RHP CJ Van Eyk signed for $1.8 million.

In his career, Van Eyk posted a 3.21 ERA in 176 2/3 innings. His WHIP is 1.274 with a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.71. Van Eyk sits 93-94 mph on his fastball, occasionally hitting 95. He complements his fastball with a changeup with good arm speed, fooling hitters. His curveball has 12-6 action which he can throw in the upper 70’s.

Trent Palmer

Third-round pick Trent Palmer signed for $850,000. Palmer played for Jacksonville University, amassing an ERA of 3.52 and a WHIP of 1.353 over 133 innings, with a SO/W ratio of 2.96. Also playing in the summer, Palmer played in the Northwoods League and the Cape Cod League. There, he posted an ERA of 1.84 with a WHIP of 1.327 through 49 innings. Palmer mainly came out of the pen and only started a total of 13 games, starting all four games he pitched in his final year.

Nick Frasso

The Blue Jay’s fourth-round pick was RHP Nick Frasso, out of Loyola Marymount. Signed for $549,000, Frasso is under slot. In three years, Frasso pitched 125 1/3 innings, posting an ERA of 2.80 and a WHIP of 1.045. Frasso sits at 97 mph on his fastball, owns a sweeping curveball sitting 74-76, and a change-up sitting 80-82.

Zach Britton

The Blue Jay’s fifth and final pick was OF Zach Britton. Signed for $410,000, Britton batted .280-.395-.455 in 279 at bats in college. Unfortunately, Britton strikes out more than he walks, posting 60 strikeouts with only 39 walks. In his summer league, Britton batted .319/.394./494. Again, Britton struck out far more than he walked, with 51 strikeouts this time, as opposed to just to 19 walks. However, with time in the minors, Britton could quite possibly lower his strikeout-to-walk ratio closer.

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