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Blue Jays take lefty Lietz in Round 5

Blue Jays take lefty Lietz in Round 5

Blue Jays take lefty Lietz in Round 5

For the first time in five rounds, the Blue Jays steered away from high school pitchers to draft junior college left-handed pitcher Daniel Lietz with the First-Year Player Draft's 145th overall pick.

The 6-foot-2, 19-year-old southpaw went undrafted out of high school in 2012, but spent this past year with Heartland Community College in Illinois, where he showed a sharp increase in his fastball.

Lietz's fastball went from the mid 80s to the upper 80s/low 90s after spending the winter in the weight room.

His fastball is complemented by two potential Major League pitches, a slider and changeup, and Lietz also throws a splitter and a curveball.

In eight appearances with Heartland, Lietz started eight games, completing seven of them (with two shutouts), and striking out 68 in 74 1/3 innings.

Evan Peaslee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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