Scouting Director: Chris Buckley (Drafts Run: 2006, Toronto Blue Jays 2001-2003)
Best Player Produced: Dave Bush (2nd round, 2002)
Best Prospect in Minors: Sean Watson (2nd round, 2006)
Notable Steals: Justin Turner (7th round, 2006), Tom Mastny (11th round, 2003)
Five-Round Strategy: 20 total picks. 85% college, 15% high school.
Strategy in a Nutshell: Buckley's responsibility for running Blue Jays drafts predated with J.P. Ricciardi's arrival in Toronto, but Buckley was retained, perhaps because his first draft showed a semblance of the Moneyball approach Ricciardi hoped to bring up north. Case in point, although Buckley drafted Brandon League out of high school in the second round of his first draft in 2001, he didn't select another prep player in the first five rounds until he took Justin Reed for the Reds in the fourth round last June. Buckley has chosen a college position player in the first round of all of his drafts, and while some of his second-round pitchers have been more successful, Aaron Hill, Russ Adams, and Gabe Gross represent decent value.
2007 Draft Crystal Ball: It's possible Buckley continues his trend of college position players in the first round; if so, pick 15 will be a choice between Julio Borbon and Matt LaPorta. If not, Buckley could go with one of the high school pitchers in the second tier and get his college hitter (perhaps Matt Mangini) at pick 34.