In Part 3 of our recap of the 2004 draft, InsideTheDome.com takes a look back at the next eight selections of the Blue Jays in the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft, and analyze their first professional season while talking a little about what we believe their future will hold.
Joey McLaughlin- RHP- Okla. City University
McLaughlin was the 18th Round selection in the 2004 Draft, and had a solid performance in short-season Auburn. McLaughlin will be spending the 2005 season at Lansing, and being 23-years-old, we would like to see him end the season at Dunedin – at the very least. McLaughlin has the potential to be a solid reliever, however, he first must learn the art of not walking nearly four batters per-nine-innings. His hits and strikeouts to innings pitched ratios are solid, and if he can keep runners off base by improving his command, he will have the chance at a solid future.
Aaron Matthews - OF- Oregon State
The Oregon State product was a 19th Round selection in the draft, and did not show much of a positive performance at Auburn. Matthews really did not do anything to decrease his status as a prospect, however, we really did not see much from him to raise his prospect level. He will be turning twenty-three during the 2005 season, and this will be the year for Matthews to stand out from the crowd offensively.
Scott Roy- RHP- University of Hartford
The right-hander from Hartford was the 21st Round selection of the Jays in the 2004 draft, and saw time at both short-season teams of the Blue Jays. Roy showed his talent and command at both levels, and because of his maturity and command, we see no reason why he should not be at Dunedin by the end of 2005. Roy will be someone we will be keeping a close eye on, as he is from a small college, but his potential is not small at all.
Daryl Harang- LHP- San Diego St.
Harang was selected by the Toronto organization in the 23rd Round of the 2004 draft, and although his performance was not brilliant, we expect to see him get a promotion in 2005. Harang will likely begin the 2005 season at extended spring training, and then join the Auburn Doubledays in June.
Jason Armstrong- SS- Trinity
Armstrong had an outstanding four-year career at Trinity College, and was rewarded by being selected in the 25th Round of the 2004 Draft by the Jays. One thing that Armstrong was known for as a collegiate player was his ability to make contact with the ball as he struck out a total of 40 times in 691 at bats. The short stop began to show some power during his senior year at Trinity as he hit ten home runs, however, he must begin to accelerate himself up the Jays system after having spent four years in college.
Brian Bormaster - C - Tulane
Bormaster was the 26th Round selection in the 2004 draft by the Jays, and signed his first professional contract on June 17, 2004. Bormaster, has plus power for a cathcer, but as is the case with Jason Armstrong, he will need to accelerate himself up the Jays system.
Casey McKenzie - RHP - University of Tampa
The right-hander from the University of Tampa had a solid 2004 season with Auburn, and should be in the running for a spot with Lansing come March and April. McKenzie being a late round draft choice, will not have anything handed to him, and must continue to fight for the respect and the recognition as a prospect.
Josh Lex - C - Oral Roberts
Lex was the third catcher the Jays selected in the 2004 draft when they picked him in the 28th Round out of Oral Roberts. He spent his summer playing for Pulaski, and performed well. Lex could begin 2005 with Auburn as he will be spending the first half of the season at extended spring training.
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