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Blue Jays place Estrada on DL with glute strain

Outfielder Smith recalled from Triple-A Buffalo in corresponding move
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BOSTON -- The Blue Jays tried to wait as long as they could, but ultimately the club was forced to place right-hander Marco Estrada on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left glute muscle.

Toronto initially hoped Estrada would be able to start Saturday's game against the Red Sox, but that was ruled out on Thursday. On Friday, Estrada was officially placed on the DL, and Saturday's start will instead go to right-hander Sam Gaviglio.

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BOSTON -- The Blue Jays tried to wait as long as they could, but ultimately the club was forced to place right-hander Marco Estrada on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left glute muscle.

Toronto initially hoped Estrada would be able to start Saturday's game against the Red Sox, but that was ruled out on Thursday. On Friday, Estrada was officially placed on the DL, and Saturday's start will instead go to right-hander Sam Gaviglio.

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Manager John Gibbons hinted on Thursday that Gaviglio was a candidate to start vs. Boston, but the decision is still somewhat surprising because he will be making this outing on two days' rest. Gaviglio allowed six runs over 1 2/3 innings while throwing 48 pitches in a loss to Atlanta on Wednesday.

"We thought [Estrada] might be able to go [Saturday], but it's not worth it," Gibbons said Friday afternoon. "So that clears a spot. It will probably be Gaviglio ... Pretty sure that's what we're going to do, and we'll just let him go. See how long he can go."

Video: NYY@TOR: Gaviglio strikes out Bird in the 4th

The timing of Estrada's DL stint certainly won't help his trade value. The 35-year-old was expected to be shopped ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and he was shaping up to be one of Toronto's more valuable trade assets alongside fellow starter J.A. Happ.

Estrada's stint is backdated to July 10, which is the maximum three days a retroactive move can be made per Major League Baseball rules. He will be eligible to return for the Blue Jays' first game after the All-Star break, the opener of a three-game series against the Orioles.

By choosing Gaviglio to pitch Saturday, the Blue Jays decided against calling up someone from the Minor Leagues to make the spot start. Triple-A Buffalo's Chris Rowley would have made some sense as the choice, while Toronto also could have decided to bring up lefty Thomas Pannone, who is already on the club's 40-man roster.

"When [Gaviglio] is on, he can throw some innings," Gibbons said. "It's not an easy lineup, so that could be a factor too."

Hernandez scratched
Left fielder Teoscar Hernandez was a late scratch for Friday's game against the Red Sox. Hernandez initially was in the lineup, hitting fifth and starting in left field, but he was pulled approximately two hours before the game with a sore left heel. Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr., who was recalled from Buffalo prior to the game, took Estrada's spot on the roster and was inserted into the lineup as Hernandez's replacement.

Video: TOR@BOS: Hernandez slugs a homer 434 feet vs. Price

No day off for Smoak
Justin Smoak was back in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Friday despite being lifted for a pinch-runner during the eighth inning of Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Red Sox. Gibbons admitted that Smoak has been dealing with cramping issues in one of his legs of late, but that it was not enough to keep Smoak out of the starting lineup. Instead of giving Smoak the day off, Toronto opted to start him at designated hitter.

Video: TOR@BOS: Smoak plates Grichuk with a double to center

Guerrero back on track
Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. officially began a rehab stint with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays on Friday afternoon. Guerrero, who has been out since June 6 with a left knee injury, went 1-for-3 with a walk in his return. A recent media report suggested that Guerrero would be promoted to Triple-A Buffalo once healthy, but a club spokesman denied any official decisions have been made about where Guerrero will play once his current rehab assignment comes to an end.

Guerrero is the Blue Jays' No. 1 prospect, and also the top prospect in MLB, according to MLB Pipeline.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Coming off DL, Vlad Jr. to be promoted

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s ascent toward the Majors will take another significant step when he returns from a left knee injury, as the Minor League superstar will be promoted to Triple-A Buffalo upon return, according to the Toronto Sun.

Guerrero, the No. 1 prospect in baseball, per MLB Pipeline, has been sidelined since June 6 with a strained patella tendon and has been rehabbing in Florida of late. At the time of his injury, Guerrero was hitting .407/.457/.667 with 11 homers and 55 RBIs over 204 at-bats with Double-A New Hampshire.

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s ascent toward the Majors will take another significant step when he returns from a left knee injury, as the Minor League superstar will be promoted to Triple-A Buffalo upon return, according to the Toronto Sun.

Guerrero, the No. 1 prospect in baseball, per MLB Pipeline, has been sidelined since June 6 with a strained patella tendon and has been rehabbing in Florida of late. At the time of his injury, Guerrero was hitting .407/.457/.667 with 11 homers and 55 RBIs over 204 at-bats with Double-A New Hampshire.

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Yet despite being in only his third season as a pro -- and just 19 years old -- many scouts have touted the slugger as the most Major League-ready hitter in the Minors, particularly after his stellar Spring Training as a non-roster invitee in big league camp. And even before Josh Donaldson's lingering calf injury (on the DL since May 29), some had called for the club to bring Guerrero up before he hurt his knee.

The Blue Jays, however, have expressed that they'd like to see defensive improvement from Guerrero at third base. With the club sitting in fourth place at 41-48 in a loaded American League East, there hasn't necessarily been a sense of urgency to get Guerrero Major League at-bats.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.

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Bichette, Jansen earn Futures Game invites

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TORONTO -- The next generation of Blue Jays talent will be well represented at this month's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game after Bo Bichette and Danny Jansen were selected to the United States roster.

Bichette is ranked as Toronto's No. 2 prospect and he's the seventh-best prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. Jansen projects to have a bright future as well after being ranked as the Blue Jays' No. 6 prospect, and he figures to be the club's future staring catcher.

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TORONTO -- The next generation of Blue Jays talent will be well represented at this month's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game after Bo Bichette and Danny Jansen were selected to the United States roster.

Bichette is ranked as Toronto's No. 2 prospect and he's the seventh-best prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. Jansen projects to have a bright future as well after being ranked as the Blue Jays' No. 6 prospect, and he figures to be the club's future staring catcher.

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The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which is now in its 20th year, features the top Minor League prospects competing in a nine-inning contest as part of All-Star Sunday on July 15. The U.S. Team leads the all-time series, 12-7. Last year in Miami, the U.S. Team defeated the World Team, 7-6, for its seventh victory in the last eight years.

"I think it's good, it puts them in the spotlight with all of the top Minor Leaguers," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "It's a nice honor for them and for the organization."

Video: Callis on the 2018 Futures Game U.S. roster

Both players figure to be a big part of Toronto's future, and while Bichette might be the more hyped prospect, it's Jansen who likely will join the Blue Jays first. Jansen has spent each of the last two Spring Trainings with the big league club, and he's in the midst of a strong season for Triple-A Buffalo with a .287/.398/.464 slash line across 61 games.

The Blue Jays have been known to take a cautious approach with their top prospects, but there's a good chance that Jansen will make his Major League debut at some point later this year. He was added to the 40-man roster prior to the season to avoid the Rule 5 Draft, and the plan appears to be calling Jansen up at the latest when rosters expand on Sept. 1.

Emerging catchers are treated a little bit differently than other prospects. A regular position player likely would be immediately tossed into an everyday role, but Gibbons believes there would be some value in promoting Jansen but then easing him into the role so that he has plenty of time to learn the pitching staff while gaining valuable experience. He'll get lots of playing time, but not necessarily every day for a team that has Russell Martin under contract through the end of 2019.

"Jansen is closer, heard he's playing great," Gibbons said. "He'll get some time this year somewhere. I would expect in September anyway. ... If you look at the year that he's having, I would expect him to be here one way or the other next year. In some capacity. I don't know that for sure but I'd expect it."

Blue Jays officially add 27 international prospects
The Blue Jays officially signed 27 international prospects on Friday afternoon, with 16-year-old shortstop Orelvis Martinez headlining the list. Martinez is ranked as the No. 4 prospect on MLB Pipeline's list of the top international prospects and according to scouting reports, he has a short compact swing with plus bat speed and possesses a chance to hit for above-average power.

Toronto did not release the financial details of the deal, but per MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, Martinez will receive $3.5 million. That amount would be the highest bonus given to an international prospect in the 2017-18 class.

According to the rules established by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, clubs that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round B of the MLB Draft received a pool of $6,025,400, while clubs that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round A of the Draft received $5,504,500. All other clubs, including the Blue Jays, received $4,983,500.

Estrada's status still TBD
The Blue Jays still can't say for sure whether Marco Estrada will be able to avoid the disabled list. Estrada left his last start after just 12 pitches because of a strained left glute and he is currently considered questionable to return before the All-Star break.

Toronto ideally would use Estrada at some point during the upcoming four-game series against the Red Sox that begins Thursday, but that will depend on how he feels over the next couple of days. If Estrada's status does not improve, he remains a candidate to go on the 10-day DL.

"We're going to look at it in the next couple of days," Gibbons said. "[That Boston] series, he could do that. Hopefully by then."

Injury updates
Right-hander Danny Barnes (left knee tendinitis) continues to throw long toss and is feeling "good" according to club officials. Barnes will begin his mound progression next week. Lefty Jaime Garcia (left shoulder inflammation) threw a bullpen session on Friday and felt "great." He will be reassessed on Saturday.

Aaron Sanchez (finger contusion) has been throwing long toss and will continue that process until he's ready to progress off the mound. Reliever Ryan Tepera (right elbow inflammation) began playing catch on Friday.

In the Minors, Triple-A Buffalo outfielder Dalton Pompey (partial tear in thumb) is expected to begin a rehab assignment early next week. Top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (left knee) is performing agility and running drills and all baseball work. He's scheduled to begin baserunning next week and will be re-evaluated for game action at that time.

Worth mentioning
Blue Jays outfielder Darnell Sweeney cleared waivers on Friday afternoon and has been assigned to Triple-A Buffalo. Sweeney was designated for assignment earlier this week after a brief stint with the big league club.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Blue Jays to sign No. 4 int'l prospect Martinez

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The Blue Jays' long history on the international market dates back to the 1970s and the signings of top teen prospects like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in recent years have helped solidify their status on the global scene.

Expect the Blue Jays to be active again.

The Blue Jays' long history on the international market dates back to the 1970s and the signings of top teen prospects like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in recent years have helped solidify their status on the global scene.

:: 2018 International Signing Period :: Expect the Blue Jays to be active again.

According to industry sources, the club agreed to a $3.5 million deal with shortstop Orelvis Martinez, No. 4 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list. When completed, it will mark the highest bonus given to an international prospect in the 2017-2018 class.

The Blue Jays did not confirm the deal.

On offense, Martinez has a good rhythm and a short, compact swing with plus bat speed. He has a chance to be an above-average hitter with above-average power. He has shown solid actions on defense and good body control. He could end up at third base, which is fitting because he has been compared to Adrian Beltre at the same age.

According to the rules established by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, clubs that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round B of the MLB Draft received a pool of $6,025,400, while clubs that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round A of the Draft received $5,504,500. All other clubs, including the Blue Jays, received $4,983,500.

Teams are allowed to trade as much of their international pool money as they would like, but can only acquire 75 percent of a team's initial pool amount. Additionally, signing bonuses of $10,000 or less do not count toward a club's bonus pool, and foreign professional players who are at least 25 and have played in a foreign league for at least six seasons are also exempt.

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.

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Big names pepper Double-A All-Star rosters

Vlad Jr., Bichette, Tebow among headliners for Eastern League event
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A handful of MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects headline the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game rosters that were announced Friday. Toronto top prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, and Colorado's Brendan Rodgers and Peter Lambert are among those on the stacked Eastern Division roster, while Detroit's Beau Burrows leads the Western Division roster.

Also included is Mets outfield prospect and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who is in one of his most productive stretches of the season with a hit in his past six games. Tebow is hitting .261/.335/.398 this year with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. He has five home runs and 30 RBIs in 67 games.

A handful of MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects headline the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game rosters that were announced Friday. Toronto top prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, and Colorado's Brendan Rodgers and Peter Lambert are among those on the stacked Eastern Division roster, while Detroit's Beau Burrows leads the Western Division roster.

Also included is Mets outfield prospect and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who is in one of his most productive stretches of the season with a hit in his past six games. Tebow is hitting .261/.335/.398 this year with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. He has five home runs and 30 RBIs in 67 games.

Guerrero Jr., the No. 2 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline, is a third baseman batting .407 with 11 homers for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and his teammate, No. 8 overall prospect Bichette, is hitting .280/.344/.447. Guerrero Jr. hasn't played since June 6, however, because of a left knee strain and might not be able to participate. Bichette, a shortstop, ranks second in the Double-A circuit with 85 hits.

Rodgers, the No. 7 prospect in baseball and the Rockies' top prospect, has hit 14 homers for Hartford, tied for fifth in the league, and has a .277/.333/.514 slash line.

Lambert, a Rockies right-hander, has a league-leading 2.23 ERA for the Yard Goats and is No. 91 on Pipeline's Top 100. In 92 2/3 innings, Lambert has struck out 75 and walked only 12. The announcement notes that Lambert will be unable to participate in the game, however, perhaps with a promotion to Triple-A Albuquerque on the horizon.

No. 66 prospect Beau Burrows, a right-hander ranked fourth in the Tigers' organization, is 6-5 with the Erie SeaWolves and has a 3.33 ERA. Burrows earned his spot with 65 strikeouts in 75 2/3 innings this season.

The All-Star Game will take place on July 11 at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, N.J.

Anne Rogers is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow her on Twitter at @anne__rogers.

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Borucki's 'fantastic' debut not enough in loss

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HOUSTON -- Rookie left-hander Ryan Borucki, seemingly unfazed that he was making his big league debut against the defending World Series champions, gave the Blue Jays' beleaguered rotation a welcome boost on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park with a strong six-inning performance.

Borucki not only faced one of baseball's most vaunted lineups, but he also kept up with a mound opponent who spent much of his outing mowing down the Blue Jays' hitters in Toronto's 7-0 loss to the Astros.

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HOUSTON -- Rookie left-hander Ryan Borucki, seemingly unfazed that he was making his big league debut against the defending World Series champions, gave the Blue Jays' beleaguered rotation a welcome boost on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park with a strong six-inning performance.

Borucki not only faced one of baseball's most vaunted lineups, but he also kept up with a mound opponent who spent much of his outing mowing down the Blue Jays' hitters in Toronto's 7-0 loss to the Astros.

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Borucki's 95-pitch outing ended after allowing two runs on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts.

"I thought he was fantastic against a great-hitting ballclub," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "They put the pressure on him, and he didn't cave. The two runs came on a seeing-eye ground ball. You take that any time. He should feel great."

Video: TOR@HOU: Borucki K's Gonzalez swinging in the 2nd

Borucki spent most of his outing with no margin for error. Astros starter Charlie Morton had eight strikeouts through four innings and fanned 13 over seven scoreless innings.

Credit Borucki for maintaining his composure while skillfully working through relatively heavy traffic on the basepaths during his six innings. The Astros produced six baserunners in the first four frames, but it wasn't until the fifth when Houston broke through, scoring two runs on a hit by Evan Gattis.

Earlier, Houston had numerous scoring chances, but Borucki, aided by a slick Toronto defense, kept things in check.

Video: TOR@HOU: Martin lays out to stick with foul tip for K

"I was a little nervous," Borucki said. "But once I got to the third, fourth, fifth and sixth, I was more comfortable, more settled down. My pitches were a lot better."

Borucki's strongest pitch is his changeup, which helped him early when he struggled with his fastball command, and later, when he settled in and got into a rhythm.

"My changeup really kept me in there, kept them off-balance a little bit," Borucki said. "Once I started getting my fastball command, they started working together a little bit better."

"He got in some trouble, they put some pressure on him, but he made some big pitches and did some good things," Gibbons said. "That's a great one to build off of. He has an outstanding changeup. I knew he had a good one, but I thought he threw some good ones tonight. He should have a good future."

Video: TOR@HOU: Diaz robs Gattis with a stellar diving play

Josh Reddick's one-out single in the second posed the first real challenge. He advanced to third on Jake Marisnick's two-out double, but Brian McCann's comebacker to the mound, which bounced off Borucki's glove and caromed to short, represented the final out when Aledmys Diaz retrieved it and made a quick throw to first.

"We had him on the ropes a couple times," Houston manager AJ Hinch said. "He did take a ball up the middle off of him and collected himself. I was impressed with his demeanor. You're going to come into this place, against this lineup, and make your debut -- I thought he held his own great."

Video: TOR@HOU: Diaz barehands a deflection to nab McCann

Borucki left the game with a 2-0 deficit that was widened in the eighth when Marisnick knocked a three-run homer off Blue Jays reliever Preston Guilmet. That same inning, Bregman added a two-run homer off Tim Mayza.

Borucki admitted that it crossed his mind heading into his debut that he would be facing one of the best lineups in baseball. He welcomed the test.

"It went through my mind a little bit, but baseball's baseball," Borucki said. "I was just happy to be here. I was just trying to take advantage of the opportunity, and if mystuff works against these guys, I feel like i could stay here for a little bit."

Video: TOR@HOU: Gibbons, Borucki, Martin on loss to Astros

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Leaping catch prevents runs: The Astros, who were thwarted by Randal Grichuk's game-saving catch the night before, exacted a little revenge with their own defensive gem. With the Blue Jays down, 2-0, and two outs in the sixth, Teoscar Hernandez singled and Yangervis Solarte walked. Both baserunners were on the move when Justin Smoak sent a towering fly ball to the mesh fencing that protects the visitors' bullpen. After a full sprint, Marisnick leaped several feet in the air and snagged the ball against the fencing, ending the inning.

Video: TOR@HOU: Marisnick climbs the wall for a superb catch

SOUND SMART
Borucki became the 12th pitcher in Blue Jays history to go at least six innings and give up two or fewer runs in his big league debut. He's the first since Zach Stewart on June 16, 2011, vs. the Orioles.

HE SAID IT
"He made it to Triple-A, but never got the opportunity [to play in the Majors]. It was a shared dream between me and him. It's probably going to be an emotional hug when I go out there to see him, for sure." -- Borucki, on his dad, who traveled from Chicago to be in Houston for his son's debut

UP NEXT
The Blue Jays and Astros wrap up their three-game series with a matinee matchup on Wednesday, beginning at 2:10 p.m. ET. Right-hander Marco Estrada (4-7, 4.48 ERA) will take the mound for the Blue Jays' finale looking to continue his dominant June, during which he has a 1.75 ERA over four starts. The Astros will counter with left-hander Dallas Keuchel (4-8, 3.90).

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter.

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Father's Day an organizational affair for Blue Jays

Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. are sons of former big league stars
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The father-son bond, and the role baseball can play in it, is a well-covered subject. We've all seen "Field of Dreams" and know the game can be handed down from one generation to another like a priceless heirloom.

There have been countless sons of former big leaguers to go into the family business and also reach the big leagues. Often, they go on to have even better careers than their fathers did.

The father-son bond, and the role baseball can play in it, is a well-covered subject. We've all seen "Field of Dreams" and know the game can be handed down from one generation to another like a priceless heirloom.

There have been countless sons of former big leaguers to go into the family business and also reach the big leagues. Often, they go on to have even better careers than their fathers did.

The Blue Jays certainly hope that's the case. The organization has six sons of players who played the game at a very high level in the Minor Leagues and one more coming via the 2018 Draft, assuming he signs. A trio of them, when healthy, suit up for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. make up a tremendous second-generation threesome, with two Hall of Fame dads to boast. Some others, like Dwight Smith Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., have already reached Toronto. Kacy Clemens and Griffin Conine are just starting their climbs. Let the nature vs. nurture debate commence!

"It's not by design to sign sons of prominent big leaguers," Blue Jays farm director Gil Kim said. "What is by design is valuing the ability to compete, the aptitude, the teammate and the awareness that these young men have, and recognizing that those types of makeups translate to people who can maximize their potential and can help drive a championship culture.

"There has to be value to the years of being with their dads in clubhouses and on fields, observing how the best teammates lead, how the great players prepare and the level of commitment and passion required to succeed at the highest level. You'd think that translates and you'd think that those experiences have in some way helped to shape the grit and the feel of Cavan, the intensity and aggressiveness of Bo, the professionalism and work ethic of Kacy, the calmness and field awareness of Dwight and the confidence and baseball IQ that Vlad possesses.

"We try our best to drive a learning environment, and it's a unique opportunity for our players and staff to be able to casually pick the brains of Hall of Famers and All-Stars on the back fields or out at our affiliates."

Dante and Bo Bichette

Dante: 6-3/215, R/R, OF -- 4-time All-Star; .299/.336/.499; 1984 17th-round pick
Bo: 6-0/200, R/R, SS -- Blue Jays' No. 2 prospect; MLB's No. 9; 2016 2nd-round pick

Dante was never a helicopter parent, but let's just say he used to be super involved. After a 14-year big league career that saw him hit 274 homers and steal 152 bases to go along with a .299 average, he still had the competitive juices flowing after he hung them up following the 2001 season. His older son, Dante Jr., got the brunt of that leftover need to excel. Dante Sr. still wants his younger son to succeed, he's just a little more chill about it.

"I'm getting better at just being a fan dad and not being the ex-player," Dante said. "Bo had it a little easier than with the older one because I was too competitive when I retired. I can sit back and relax more now. I was too much of a coach. Kids have to learn on their own, they have to figure things out on their own. Bo had that luxury. I tell him simple things and then let him go."

Especially when the year is going on, Dante won't meddle and he says it's always his son who leads the conversation. That's not a dad's-eye view; his son agrees.

"A lot in the offseason; all the time in the offseason," Bo said about when they talk hitting. "During the season, it's more when I need it, I'll call him and ask him. He'll come and visit every once in a while. During the season, I'd say it's once every couple of weeks."

During the offseason, dad is more than a hitting coach. He's batting practice pitcher/competition. This isn't just simple toss from behind an L-screen and work on your swing mechanics kind of stuff.

"I still throw really well, high 80s. Nothing else works, but my arm does," Dante said. "We go at it and I try to get him out. We have sessions like that. It's not routine BP. He's taking at-bats in the offseason. They say you should try to get 2,000 at-bats before you get to the big leagues. We try to shorten that curve a little bit.

"I root for him to be better than I was. Because he plays a tougher position and he does more things than I did on a baseball field, he has a real shot. He has high expectations for himself, so I hope he reaches all of them."

Craig and Cavan Biggio

Craig: 5-11/185, R/R, C/2B/OF -- Hall of Fame; 7-time All-Star; 1987 1st-round pick
Cavan: 6-1/203, L/R, 2B/3B/1B -- Blue Jays' No. 19 prospect; 2016 6th-round pick

All parents want their kids to be better than they were, or to have more success than they had on whatever path they choose. When you go into the family business and your dad is a Hall of Famer, that's a hard dream to reach. Luckily, the Biggios have managed to stay realistic and grounded, with Craig not setting a 3,000-hit bar for his son.

"As an individual, you set your own goals and sights," Craig said. "For me, as a father and a former player, I want him to be as good as he can be. It can be unfair, we live in an industry when we compare players to players. It's hard. I just want for any kid to go out and be as good as they can be, whatever that is."

"My dad and I are two different players," Cavan said. "We draw a lot of comparisons with a lot of things over the course of a game, but when I go out and play, I'm always playing the game that I know, that I've learned for myself. I say there's not that much pressure. He was one of the greatest to ever play the game, so to even come close to who he was is success in my book."

Having a Hall of Fame dad does have some privileges, especially because Cavan and his older brother Conor, who was his teammate at Notre Dame, were old enough to tag along with Craig in Houston. The lessons were clearly invaluable.

"My dad, he wasn't around a lot when I was a kid, but whenever he was home for a home game, I would always want to go to the ballpark with him," Cavan said. "Allowing me and my brother to do that has had an impact from being around the game at the highest level, trying to learn from not just my dad, but other guys and how they prepare. That's had an impact on my career because I've kind of had tastes since I was a kid of what it takes to be a Major Leaguer and stay a consistent Major Leaguer."

Video: Cavan Biggio on his father's influence

That understanding, that professionalism and respect for the game and other people, it's the kind of thing that would make any dad beam, though Craig knows better than to hog the spotlight on what kind of man his son has become.

"That's the ultimate compliment," Craig said. "I have to give my wife Patty a lot of credit. [Cavan] is a respectful and humble kid. He goes out there and works hard and wants to be as good as he can be.

"Being a dad who was in and out for the most part until high school, that's the hardest part of being in the big leagues: the family. Dad is there, he's not there, he's there. It's hard, for the kids. The compliments I receive on how he conducts himself, that's the ultimate compliment for a parent."

Vladimir and Vladimir Guerrero

Vlad Sr: 6-3/235, R/R, OF -- Hall of Fame; 9-time All-Star; 2004 American League Most Valuable Player Award winnerr
Vlad Jr: 6-1/200, R/R, 3B -- Blue Jays' No. 1 prospect; MLB's No. 2

More than anyone in this group, Vlad Jr. gets compared to his dad. "Like his dad, but with better plate discipline," the scouting report often goes. Junior isn't as tall as dad, but there are some definite similarities. And the younger Guerrero is just fine with that.

"I love when they compare me to him. It makes me happy because it's always a great thing when someone compares you to the player you always wanted to be," Vlad Jr. said.

So far, he's done everything he can to live up to the name. He'd arguably been the best hitter in the Minor Leagues this year until he was sidelined with a knee injury recently. But big league lineage can come in handy for a young player even when he's on the disabled list.

"Not only my dad, but my whole family has been helping me to get through this," Vlad Jr. said. "Thanks to them, I feel great and I will keep giving my 100 percent to get this rehab done and come back and play at my best.

"I want to thank God for giving me a dad like him. He's always been there for me. He taught me a lot, not just in baseball -- also in life. I wish him a great Father's Day -- not only him, but to all fathers in the world."

Dwight and Dwight Smith

Dwight Sr: 5-11/175, L/R, OF -- 2nd in 1989 National League Rookie of the Year Award winner; .275/.333/.422; 1984 3rd-round pick
Dwight Jr: 5-11/195, L/R, OF -- .333/.397/.491 in 57 MLB AB; 2011 Comp A pick (No. 53)

Dwight Sr. was actually drafted by the Blue Jays in the January phase of the 1984 Draft, but he didn't sign. He landed with the Cubs that June and spent five seasons with Chicago, finishing second in NL Rookie of the Year Award voting in 1989. He had eight years of big league time when all was said and done, last appearing with the Braves in 1996.

Dwight Jr. was drafted by the Blue Jays with the 53rd overall pick of the 2011 Draft. It took six years, but he made his Major League debut in '17 and has been up with Toronto this year, picking up his first career big league homer. He has 57 career at-bats at the highest level, so he has some work to do to catch up to dad's career total of 1,807.

Lourdes and Lourdes Gurriel

Lourdes Sr: 6-0/198, R/R, OF/1B -- Longtime Cuban star; 1976-77 ROY; 1992 Olympic gold medalist
Lourdes Jr: 6-2/185, R/R, SS/2B -- .206/.229/.309 in 68 MLB AB; Signed for $22M in 2016

Lourdes Jr. defected from Cuba with his brother Yuli in 2016. Yuli made it to the big leagues that year and is a part of the Houston Astros team that won the World Series a year ago. Lourdes Jr. made it up to Toronto this year and has a pair of homers on his resume.

Dad is one of the most famous players in the history of Cuban baseball. Lourdes Sr. played for the national team for 15 years, won a gold medal, two batting titles and an MVP Award in Cuba. He also managed the national team. The Gurriels were a baseball dynasty in Cuba. The brothers playing in the United States now have an older brother who played 16 seasons in Cuba's Serie Nacional. They also have an uncle, great uncle and cousin who starred in Cuba.

Roger and Kacy Clemens

Roger: 6-4/205, R/R, RHP -- 7-time Cy Young Award winner; 1986 MVP; 1983 1st-round pick (No. 19)
Kacy: 6-0/200, L/R, 1B -- .260/.379/.425 in 435 MiLB AB; 2017 8th-round pick

Roger won 350 games, seven Cy Young Awards, two World Series rings and the 1986 AL MVP Award. Two of those Cy Young Awards came in his back-to-back seasons with the Blue Jays in '97 and '98, when he also led the league in wins and ERA.

Koby and Kacy, two of Roger's kids, have played pro ball. Koby's last year of affiliated ball was in the Blue Jays' organization, and Kacy is currently with Dunedin in the Florida State League after being an eighth-round pick in the 2017 Draft out of Texas. Younger brother Kody should join the Tigers after the Longhorns are done in the College World Series. Kacy is a first baseman who began the year in the Midwest League but moved up a level after posting a 1.077 OPS over his first 27 games.

Jeff and Griffin Conine

Jeff: 6-1/205, R/R, OF -- 2-time All-Star; 2-time WS champion; 1987 58th-round pick
Griffin: 6-1/200, L/R, OF -- 2-time 2nd-team All-ACC; 2018 2nd-round pick

Jeff was a 58th-round pick of the Royals back in 1987. He then defied the odds by spending parts of 17 seasons in the big leagues, making two All-Star games, winning two World Series titles and finishing with 214 homers and almost 2,000 hits.

His son, Griffin, beat him by 56 rounds when the Blue Jays made him a second-round pick this June. He had a huge showing in the Cape Cod League last summer, and then hit 18 homers in 216 at-bats this year at Duke and was No. 50 on MLB Pipeline's Top 200 Draft Prospects list. Conine fits the right-field profile well with his power bat and strong arm.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

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Blue Jays, top Draft pick Groshans have deal

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The Blue Jays have agreed to a deal with their top pick from the 2018 Draft, Jordan Groshans, according to a report from MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman on Tuesday. The club has not confirmed the report.

Toronto took Groshans, a shortstop and third baseman from Magnolia High School in Texas, with the No. 12 overall pick. Slot value for the No. 12 pick is $4,200,900. MLB.com's Jim Callis reports Goshan's bonus from the Jays is $3.4 million.

The Blue Jays have agreed to a deal with their top pick from the 2018 Draft, Jordan Groshans, according to a report from MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman on Tuesday. The club has not confirmed the report.

Toronto took Groshans, a shortstop and third baseman from Magnolia High School in Texas, with the No. 12 overall pick. Slot value for the No. 12 pick is $4,200,900. MLB.com's Jim Callis reports Goshan's bonus from the Jays is $3.4 million.

Draft Tracker: Every Blue Jays pick

The 18-year-old Groshans was rated the No. 31 prospect entering the Draft by MLB Pipeline. He has solid tools across the board, with a quick bat from the right side and the potential to develop plus power.

Groshans' teammate at Magnolia, right-handed pitcher Adam Kloffenstein, was also drafted by the Blue Jays. Kloffenstein, taken in the third round with the No. 88 overall pick, has already agreed to a deal with Toronto.

Including Tuesday's signings, the Blue Jays have agreed to terms with 26 of the 40 players selected in this year's Draft, including nine of their top 10 picks.

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Vlad Jr. visits the Blue Jays at the Trop

Toronto's top prospect optimistic he'll be back from injury 'sooner rather than later'
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ST. PETERSBURG -- Everyone expects Toronto's prized prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to eventually reach Tropicana Field -- along with all the other Major League ballparks -- but his Monday visit to the Rays' home park was purely to check in with the Blue Jays as he settles into his Florida rehabilitation program.

Guerrero, the No. 2 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline, suffered a strained patellar tendon in his left knee on Wednesday while playing with Double-A New Hampshire. He's expected to miss at least four weeks.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Everyone expects Toronto's prized prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to eventually reach Tropicana Field -- along with all the other Major League ballparks -- but his Monday visit to the Rays' home park was purely to check in with the Blue Jays as he settles into his Florida rehabilitation program.

Guerrero, the No. 2 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline, suffered a strained patellar tendon in his left knee on Wednesday while playing with Double-A New Hampshire. He's expected to miss at least four weeks.

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Before the Blue Jays met the Rays, Guerrero said he's optimistic about a quick return to action. He seemed poised for a promotion to Triple-A after posting a .407/.457/.667 slash line, along with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs in 53 games with New Hampshire.

"Hopefully, I'll be on the field sooner rather than later,'' Guerrero said through an interpreter. "Just being out there and cheering for my teammates, that's the only thing I can do until I'm 100 percent.

"You always like to play. You want to be out there. But I can't control that I'm hurt now.''

Guerrero said he has been pleased -- but not surprised -- by his production with New Hampshire.

"I don't think when somebody is doing well on the field that you're surprised, because you have an offseason [to prepare],'' Guerrero said. "You get prepared to be good and that's what I did. I came prepared to play and thank God everything was going great.

"I'm not frustrated at all. Stuff happens that you can't control. I think it was meant to happen and it happened to me. I'm just going to go out there and try to be ready.''

Travis returns to lineup
Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis, who missed the previous two games with a sore right knee after an outfield collision with Kevin Pillar, was back in the lineup and batting ninth.

"He went out and tested it and he's good,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "It's good news. [He missed] only a couple of days.''

Injury updates
• Third baseman Josh Donaldson worked out at the club's extended spring training complex in Dunedin, Fla., taking batting practice off live pitching. He has done some baserunning, but his sore left calf has remained tender.

Donaldson has been out since May 28 and is eligible to come off the disabled list, but Gibbons isn't certain when Donaldson will return.

"We're just going day by day,'' Gibbons said. "He feels better, but he's not quite comfortable [enough].''

• Right-hander Marcus Stroman, out since May 11 with a right shoulder injury, is scheduled to pitch "about four innings'' for Class A Advanced Dunedin in Wednesday night's Florida State League home game against Port Charlotte. Stroman pitched three innings in a simulated game on Friday.

• Gibbons said left fielder Steve Pearce is scheduled to face live pitching this week for the first time since being placed on the DL with a strained left oblique. He has been out since May 2. If all goes well, Pearce could be on a rehabilitation assignment by the end of the week.

Guilmet added
Right-hander Preston Guilmet, acquired off waivers from the Cardinals, was officially added to the roster. Guilmet is making his third tour of duty with the Blue Jays, after making his MLB debut in 2013 and being claimed off waivers by Toronto in '14.

After spending 2017 with the Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League, Guilmet made two MLB appearances with the Cardinals this season, but saw most of his success at Triple-A Memphis (0.93 ERA in 29 innings, along with 35 strikeouts and just five walks).

"Any time there's a team out there to give you an opportunity, it's good news,'' Guilmet said. "I heard Toronto and I said, 'I've been there before … this will be fun.' I'm happy to be here. I'm not sure [of my role]. I got here, played a little catch and I'm ready to go.''

Draft pick signs
San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College right-hander Mike Pascoe, the Blue Jays' 24th-round pick in this year's Draft, received a $100,000 signing bonus. Pascoe, whose fastball hits the mid-90s, helped his team to the Junior College World Series. He bypassed a scholarship offer to St. John's.

Joey Johnston is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.

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Knee injury to cost Vlad Jr. at least 4 weeks

Top prospect has strained patellar tendon in left knee
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TORONTO -- Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will be out for at least the next four weeks after he was diagnosed with a strained patellar tendon in his left knee.

Guerrero sustained the injury during a game for Double-A New Hampshire on Wednesday. He later underwent a series of examinations, which revealed the strain. Per the Blue Jays, Guerrero will be "managed conservatively, including initial rest and will be re-evaluated in four weeks post-injury."

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TORONTO -- Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will be out for at least the next four weeks after he was diagnosed with a strained patellar tendon in his left knee.

Guerrero sustained the injury during a game for Double-A New Hampshire on Wednesday. He later underwent a series of examinations, which revealed the strain. Per the Blue Jays, Guerrero will be "managed conservatively, including initial rest and will be re-evaluated in four weeks post-injury."

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The 19-year-old Guerrero is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline, trailing only Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. for the No. 1 overall spot. Guerrero was in the midst of a borderline historic season for the Fisher Cats, with a .407/.457/.667 slash line with 11 homers and 55 RBIs in 53 games.

One of the biggest debates surrounding the Blue Jays this season was when Guerrero would get called up to the big leagues. He seemed to be on the verge of an imminent promotion to Triple-A Buffalo, and this injury will be considered a setback. But if Guerrero recovers as expected, there's no reason to believe he won't eventually head to the Bisons before the end of the year.

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Injury updates
• There has been no change in Josh Donaldson's status since the last time the Blue Jays provided an update on Friday afternoon. Donaldson continues to take batting practice and field ground balls, but he will have to complete a series of baserunning tests before returning to the lineup. Donaldson has been out since May 28 with a sore left calf. He is currently eligible to come off the disabled list, but it's not clear when the 32-year-old will return to the lineup. He remains day to day.

• Right-hander Marcus Stroman will make another start on Wednesday, but the Blue Jays have yet to announce where his outing will take place. Stroman tossed three innings in a simulated game on Friday at the club's Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla., and is likely approaching the start of an official rehab assignment. The product of Duke has been out since May 11 with a right shoulder injury.

• Left fielder Steve Pearce is set to face live pitching this week for the first time since he was placed on the 10-day DL with a strained oblique. The 12-year veteran has been out since May 2, but there's an outside chance that he will begin a rehab assignment by the end of the week.

• Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis was held out of the lineup for the second consecutive game on Sunday afternoon because of a sore right knee. Toronto manager John Gibbons admitted that Travis' knee was "aching a little bit" during a media availability session on Saturday after a collision in the outfield with Kevin Pillar the night before. The Blue Jays are expected to be extra cautious with Travis because he has been plagued with knee issues throughout his big league career.

• The Blue Jays optioned left-hander Tim Mayza to Triple-A Buffalo following Sunday's 13-3 victory over the Orioles. Mayza tossed two scoreless innings in the win but he becomes the odd man out after Toronto claimed right-hander Preston Guilmet off waivers from the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon. Guilmet has yet to be officially added to the Blue Jays' 25-man roster, but that is expected to happen prior to Monday's game against the Rays.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Vlad Jr. lands on DL with left knee injury

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TORONTO -- Blue Jays' top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was placed on the 7-day DL with Double-A New Hampshire on Thursday as he continues to undergo evaluations following a left knee injury sustained during Wednesday's game against Akron.

Guerrero was lifted for a pinch-runner in the fourth inning shortly after singling to right on Wednesday. Per reports out of New Hampshire, Guerrero limped off the field and appeared to be favoring his left leg, which he injured while running out an infield single on Saturday against Binghamton.

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TORONTO -- Blue Jays' top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was placed on the 7-day DL with Double-A New Hampshire on Thursday as he continues to undergo evaluations following a left knee injury sustained during Wednesday's game against Akron.

Guerrero was lifted for a pinch-runner in the fourth inning shortly after singling to right on Wednesday. Per reports out of New Hampshire, Guerrero limped off the field and appeared to be favoring his left leg, which he injured while running out an infield single on Saturday against Binghamton.

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Guerrero is batting .407/.457/.667 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs in 53 games for the Fisher Cats this season.

Toronto also released an update on right-hander Marcus Stroman, who is on the 10-day disabled list because of a shoulder injury. Stroman is scheduled to throw three innings in a simulated game at the club's Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla. Stroman would then advance to an official rehab assignment.

Waiting word on Donaldson

Third baseman Josh Donaldson is eligible to return from the 10-day DL on Friday, but Toronto has yet to announce whether it's going to happen. Donaldson remained somewhat non-committal during a media availability on Wednesday and the following day his manager followed suit.

"When he comes back, he's going to be ready to go," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "That's the way I look at it ... I don't know yet if [a Friday return] is going to happen. We'll see."

New position for Hernandez

The Blue Jays have decided to move Teoscar Hernandez to left field on a permanent basis. Hernandez has spent the majority of his time this season in right field, but he's experienced more than his fair share of defensive issues at the position. The 25-year-old has the arm for right, but his range and overall instincts seem better suited to left.

The move across the diamond likely will open the door for Randal Grichuk to receive more playing time. Grichuk, who made a rare start in center on Thursday night vs. Baltimore, will split time with veteran Curtis Granderson in right and, with the Blue Jays' record dipping well below .500, it's possible the Blue Jays will look to give the younger outfielder an extended look.

"Now and in the future, probably," Gibbons said of the Hernandez move. "Grandy can go either way. ... We figured we would move [Grichuk] back there because that might be his future spot."

More changes for Biagini

Right-hander Joe Biagini has once again abandoned his windup following a full-time move to the bullpen. Biagini opened his career in Toronto as a reliever and pitched out of the stretch, but when the 28-year-old was moved to the bullpen last year he began experimenting with a windup. The starting role has since been taken away and the Blue Jays are now focused on making it work as a reliever.

"I think throwing him back in the 'pen, I think it's going to take him a few appearances to get back to the way he used to be," Gibbons said of Biagini, who surrendered three runs in the 13th inning of Wednesday night's loss to New York. "I think he's still going to be valuable to us, but I didn't expect it to happen [right away]. You hope it did but he has to get back into that frame of mind, too. Cut it loose for however long you're out there."

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Creativity was key in Blue Jays' Draft strategy

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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' 2018 MLB Draft ultimately will be defined by the depth and quality of prospects selected, but it was the unique strategy implemented on Day 1 that became the immediate takeaway from this week's annual event.

Toronto used a little bit of creativity to make the most of a $7,982,100 bonus pool for the first 10 rounds. Instead of spending $4.2 million on the 12th overall pick, the Blue Jays found someone they liked at a lower cost, took him earlier than expected and used the remaining money to essentially trade up later in the Draft.

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' 2018 MLB Draft ultimately will be defined by the depth and quality of prospects selected, but it was the unique strategy implemented on Day 1 that became the immediate takeaway from this week's annual event.

Toronto used a little bit of creativity to make the most of a $7,982,100 bonus pool for the first 10 rounds. Instead of spending $4.2 million on the 12th overall pick, the Blue Jays found someone they liked at a lower cost, took him earlier than expected and used the remaining money to essentially trade up later in the Draft.

Draft Tracker: Every Blue Jays pick

The end result was shortstop Jordan Groshans and right-hander Adam Kloffenstein -- teammates at Magnolia (Texas) High School -- selected No. 12 and No. 88, respectively. Those two first-round talents for the price of one, along with No. 52 pick Griffin Conine -- son of former Major Leaguer Jeff Conine -- gave Toronto a total of five catchers, nine infielders, four outfielders and 22 pitchers over the course of three days.

"The way the Draft worked out, we were certainly opportunistic in being able to make it happen, which we were excited about," director of amateur scouting Steve Sanders said. "A lot of things had to go right for that to happen, but [we got] two guys that we were certainly interested in coming into the Draft."

Blue Jays draft Groshans, Conine on Day 1

Blue Jays' social media came to life when Toronto was put on the clock with its first-round pick on Monday night. Top pitching prospects Brady Singer and Matthew Liberatore were projected to go early in a lot of mock drafts, yet both were still available at No. 12. For a team that needed pitching to augment an emerging class of elite position players, it seemed almost too good to be true.

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Then something unexpected happened. The Blue Jays passed on the highly touted arms and announced the 18-year-old Groshans as their pick. That raised eyebrows -- among fans and media alike -- because although Groshans was a heavily scouted prospect, he also wasn't supposed to go this early. MLB Pipeline ranked him at No. 31. He wasn't expected to be there when Toronto picked again at No. 52, but the first round? Twelfth overall?

Though the reasoning wasn't clear outside the organization, internally, the Blue Jays were putting the wheels in motion for a plan that addresses the need for pitching, just not the names people were expecting, and the decision was tied to the first-round pick. Kloffenstein, who had a strong commitment to Texas Christian University, was the target. The 17-year-old was expected to go to school, but he also had made it widely known that he would turn pro for the right price.

Toronto drafts Kloffenstein, Groshans' teammate

"It was pretty wild," Kloffenstein said. "I didn't expect it to happen the way it did. I was expecting to go on the first day. We did some talking and we did some stuff with other teams, and I told them 'No.' ... Then the Blue Jays called and said they wanted both of the Magnolia boys, and I said, 'Well, with the two slots you have left, you'll have to do a lot better than what the slots were.' They were like, 'OK, we'll try to get there.'"

Video: Draft 2018: Blue Jays draft RHP Kloffenstein No. 88

After a back and forth, Toronto reportedly did get there. The 88th overall pick came with an approximate slot value of $653,000, but according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kloffenstein signed for approximately $2.5 million. It's not officially a package deal with Groshans, but it might as well be based on how the events unfolded.

If targeting the high school teammates was the plan all along, the Blue Jays did an impressive job of keeping it under wraps. Kloffenstein told MLB.com that to his knowledge, he was in play for upwards of 15 teams going into the Draft, and Toronto was not among them. That changed with one late-night phone call.

"We're really excited about both," Sanders said. "Both guys have been on our radar for a long time, both on their own merit. We certainly saw a lot of Magnolia High School this year."

Worth mentioning

• Nineteen Canadians were taken in this year's Draft, and Toronto grabbed two of them: right-hander Will McAffer (North Vancouver, B.C.) and third baseman Damiano Palmegiani (Surrey, B.C.) in the 25th and 35th rounds, respectively. Catcher Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) was the top overall Canadian, selected 29th overall by Cleveland.

• In the 36th round, the Blue Jays took a flyer on high school catcher Kameron Guangorena, who has a strong commitment to Cal State Fullerton. Guangorena is not expected to sign, but if one of the higher-priced deals falls through, then he could become an option. Guangorena was ranked the No. 104 prospect in the Draft by MLB Pipeline.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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