TORONTO -- Toronto potentially added another burly right-hander to its crop of young starting pitchers by selecting Joe Musgrove with the 46th overall pick of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft on Monday.
Musgrove is a 6-foot-5, 230-pounder who played for Grossmont High School in California.
In addition to his fastball, Musgrove throws a slider and curveball. Both pitches reportedly need some more work, as neither has quite the expected amount of movement. But there's no debating that Musgrove has the frame to withstand a heavy workload if he is able to continue his development and improve his secondary pitches.
Musgrove has already committed to play for San Diego State. Toronto has until Aug. 15 to sign him to a contract. If the club is unable to do so, it will receive the No. 46 pick in next year's Draft.
The pick is yet another example of the Blue Jays targeting tall and athletic starting pitchers. The club used its first selection (21st overall) to take 6-foot-4 high school right-hander Tyler Beede.
In 2010, the club used six of its first eight picks on pitchers. All of those hurlers were at least 6-foot-3, as the club put an emphasis on size and durability.
The Blue Jays received the No. 46 pick after catcher John Buck signed a multiyear contract with the Marlins during the offseason. It was the second of four selections the Blue Jays had between the first and second rounds of the Draft.
Also on Day 1, Toronto selected Tyler Beede (No. 21), outfielder Jacob Anderson (No. 35), outfielder Dwight Smith (No. 53) and right-hander Kevin Comer (No. 57).
Live coverage of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft resumes at noon ET Tuesday on MLB.com, where fans will receive exclusive coverage of Day 2 and 3, featuring a live pick-by-pick stream, expert commentary and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player.
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