KANSAS CITY -- Toronto concluded its first day at the 2011 First-Year Player Draft by selecting right-hander Kevin Comer with the No. 57 overall pick on Monday. Comer is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound starting pitcher from Seneca High School in New Jersey. He reportedly throws 90-94 MPH with an upper 70s offspeed pitch that is a combination of a curveball and slider. The 18-year-old has already committed to playing next season at Vanderbilt University. He marks the second pitcher the Blue Jays drafted with ties to the school after the club used its first overall pick on right-hander Tyler Beede.
Comer comes from a family with strong athletic ties. His father played NCAA football at Kansas while his mother played professional basketball in Asia. Toronto was granted the No. 57 pick as compensation after Type B free agent catcher Miguel Olivo signed with the Orioles during the offseason. It was the third of four selections the Blue Jays had between the first and second rounds of the Draft. Earlier in the Draft, Toronto selected Beede (No. 21), outfielder Jacob Anderson (No. 35), right-hander Joe Musgrove (No. 46) and outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. (No. 53). 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. You can also keep up to date at Draft Central and by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.