{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

{"event":["draft_central" ] }

Toronto picks power-hitting Dantzler in 14th

Toronto picks power-hitting Dantzler in 14th

|
Toronto picks power-hitting Dantzler in 14th

For the first time, the Blue Jays chose back-to-back positional players -- selecting power-hitting first baseman L.B. Dantzler from the University of South Carolina in the 14th round with the 415th pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior hit a Southeastern Conference-best 15 home runs, and stood second with a .648 slugging percentage.

His power, however, also makes Dantzler a free swinger, as he led South Carolina with 46 strikeouts. The left-handed batter does possess a solid eye at the plate, though, walking a team-high 36 times.

Dantzler also hit .332, with a .445 on-base percentage and 48 RBIs, and earned the prestigious Capital One Academic All-American of the Year award from the College Sports Information Directors of America.

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

{"event":["draft_central" ] }
{"event":["draft_central" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español