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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.
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