The Toronto Blue Jays selected Trystan Magnuson with their third selection in the supplemental round of the 2007 Draft – 56th overall, out of the University of Louisville. The right-hander didn’t pitch this summer because of an arm injury, but he did throw during Instructs and is ready for the 2008 season. FREE PREVIEW OF PREMIUM CONTENT
Name: Trystan Magnuson
DOB: June 6, 1985
Magnuson comes to the Blue Jays with solid potential behind his right arm, and with a little edge on his shoulders. Many believed it was an extreme overdraft on the hands of the Blue Jays to select him 56th overall, but the right-hander has confidence in his abilities.
“I got better as the season went on at Louisville, and I think I can continue to get better,” Magnuson said over the summer. “Every little thing that I change, I seem to get better, so I guess we’ll see.”
The right-hander could not prove critics wrong from the start because he was shut down by the Blue Jays after he signed because of an inflamed UCL. The injury was not considered a serious one, and he was back on the mound during Instructs.
“I feel fantastic,” Magnuson said last week. “My arm feels great and there are no setbacks at the moment.”
The 22-year-old continues to work hard this off-season on many aspects of his game, but he’s focusing in on one aspect in particular which he believes will help him the most.
“I want to get stronger in my entire body. Every ounce of strength you have in your legs, and shoulders it makes it that much easier to pitch. You’re able to control the ball better and not put as much effort in your delivery.”
The Blue Jays have high hopes for Magnuson and the developmental staff believes 2008 will be an important year for him.
“He [Magnuson] didn’t pitch last season because of elbow soreness, and because we thought he threw a lot of innings in college,” Dick Scott, the Jays Director of Player Development, said last week.
“He showed us his stuff during our Instructional League.”
Although Scott could not say with certainty where he expects Magnuson to begin the 2008 season, he expected the right-hander to begin with either Lansing or Dunedin.
“My competitiveness is a big aspect of my game,” Magnuson said. “I like to go after the hitter, and make them hit my pitch.”
Repertoire: Fastball, slider, changeup
Fastball: This is the best pitch for the right-hander. Despite his big frame, he can’t throw it consistently in the mid-90s and averages out between 88-91 MPH, but can hit 92-93 MPH on the radar. Magnuson has shown solid command of his fastball and scouts consider it a strong pitch when used effectively with his off-speed stuff.
Other Pitches: Right now Magnuson only possesses a slider which he can use effectively in game situations. His slider is a strong pitch and one he uses to get outs if he gets ahead in the count with his fastball. The organization made it the No.1 focus during Instructs to work on his changeup and introduce it in his repertoire. Magnuson didn’t throw a changeup in Louisville because he was able to survive with his fastball and slider, but he understands he needs to show a third pitch if he wants to maximize his chances of being successful in professional baseball.
Projection: Although Magnuson believes he has the ability to start, we see his role strictly as a reliever at this point. Even if he makes great strides with his changeup, we feel his best chance of success will be in the bullpen.
2008 Outlook: Magnuson will begin the season with either Lansing or Dunedin – but he’s expected to finish the year off in Dunedin or even New Hampshire. He will be fast-tracked.
ETA: Late 2009-2010 - Everything will depend on how quickly Magnuson picks up the changeup.