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Former Blue Jays Draft pick Eliopoulos passes away

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TORONTO -- Former Blue Jays Draft pick Jake Eliopoulos passed away on Monday at the age of 21. Details surrounding his death were not yet known.

Eliopoulos was originally selected by Toronto in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. The two sides could not come to an agreement on a deal, and Eliopoulos instead attended Chipola Junior College in Florida.

The native of Toronto unfortunately suffered a drop in velocity and went 1-2 with an 8.44 ERA before dropping out of the program midseason. He was selected in the 15th round of the 2010 Draft by the Dodgers and by the Blue Jays the following year in the 43rd round.

Eliopoulos never signed a professional contract. His funeral will be held Monday at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Toronto. He is survived by parents Jim and Lea, siblings Derek and Zoe and his best friends Max, Grant and Colin, according to his obituary.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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