Draft 2013: Blue Jays draft RHP Patrick Murphy No. 83

The Blue Jays were extremely consistent through the first nine rounds of the draft before mixing it up with their final pick on the day.

Throughout the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the strategy was clear -- pitching, pitching, and more pitching.

After nine rounds, the Blue Jays had selected nine pitchers -- five right-handed, four left-handed -- and five of them straight out of high school. All of them are 6-foot-1 or taller.

On Day 2, the first of them was Patrick Murphy out of Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona.

Murphy is a 6-foot-4, 195-pound senior who was one of the top ranked players in Arizona in 2012 before being sidelined with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in late April.

The 17-year-old originally opted for rest for his injured throwing arm, but decided on Tommy John surgery two months later.

Murphy is in the midst of recovering from the surgery, which was performed last year, but has been throwing since late March.

The right-hander was hitting the low-90s on his fastball, with a formidable curve, as a junior before the surgery. But without being fully recovered after surgery, he's a bit of a wild card.

High-risk, high-upside picks seemed to be the modus operandi for the Blue Jays, with five high school students being selected, including Phillip Bickford and Clinton Hollon from Day 1.

Included in that mix are Day 2 selections Evan Smith and Conner Greene, who were taken in the fourth and seventh round, respectively.

Both pitchers have good fastballs, with the 17-year-old Smith, a lefty, topping out at 93 mph, according perfectgame.org. Smith also happens to be the tallest of the bunch, standing 6-foot-5.

Although Greene doesn't have the same velocity as Smith, the righty has great downward plane on his fastball, something that could be a plus-pitch as he fills out.

He also sports a curveball and splitter, although he'll need better command with all three of his pitches to have success at the big league level.

That didn't stop him from dominating high school students in 2013, as Greene had a 1.68 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 50 innings.

"This year, the pressure was on me to perform, and I usually thrive under pressure," Greene, 18, said to the Santa Monica Mirror prior to being drafted. "I think, overall, it turned out well, because as a pitcher, you try to repeat your motion over and over, and I felt like I did that throughout the season."

Also among the 20-and-under crowd, is left-handed pitcher Daniel Lietz.

Lietz is a 6-foot-2, 19-year-old southpaw that went undrafted out of high school in 2012. However, a winter in the weight room upped his fastball from the mid-80s to topping out in the low 90s.

The Heartland Community College freshman also has two plus-pitches in his slider and changeup.

Outside of those picks, the Blue Jays selected four college seniors, two that had been drafted last year.

Those were left-hander Matt Boyd, and righty Kendall Graveman.

Boyd was taken in the 13th round by the Reds, and Graveman was chosen in the 36th round by the Marlins.

Boyd, who became a starter with Oregon State after not coming to terms with Cincinnati, has shown the ability to mix four pitches well, all of which could be Major League pitches as he develops them. Along with logging double-digit victories this spring, Boyd led the Beavers during the regular season in innings pitched, strikeouts and complete games.

Big, strong and durable, Boyd throws his fastball, curve, slider and changeup around the plate consistently and varies his arm slot to give hitters different looks.

He went 10-3 with a 2.20 ERA in 16 starts, and 106 strikeouts in 114 1/3 innings in 2013.

Graveman stands 6-foot-2 and has an upper-80s fastball with heavy sinking action that is supported by a solid changeup.

The last pitcher selected by the Blue Jays was Mississippi State's Chad Girodo. The left-hander has improved immensely since his junior year, and has lowered his ERA by 4 1/2 runs over his best collegiate season.

The Blue Jays selected catcher Garrett Custons in the 10th round, the only position player Toronto selected.

Custons caught for the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado, and can play both sides of the ball well. He was one of 15 semifinalists for the 2013 Johnny Bench Award, given to the top Division I collegiate catcher.

Blue Jays take righty Murphy in third round

The Blue Jays used their third-round pick, 83rd overall, on right-handed pitcher Patrick Murphy out of Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz.

Murphy is a 6-foot-4, 195-pound senior who is still recovering from Tommy John surgery performed last year.

The 17-year-old prospect was one of the top-ranked players in the state of Arizona in 2012 before being sidelined with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in late April.

It's been nearly a year since Murphy opted for surgery on his UCL, after attempting two months of rest, and he began throwing again in late March.

With the pick, Murphy becomes the third straight tall high school pitcher that Toronto has drafted, something that has recently been the modus operandi for the club.

Blue Jays select prep lefty Smith in Round 4

The Blue Jays continued to pick lanky high school pitchers with their fourth-round pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Toronto chose 6-foot-5 left-hander Evan Smith from Mary G. Montgomery High School in Semmes, Ala.

The 17-year-old senior topped out with a 93-mph fastball and an 80-mph curveball at the 2013 18U WWBA Memorial Day Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., in May, according to perfectgame.org.

Smith was among the best high school students in the Southeast United States, and was named to the 2013 Southeast All-Region first team.

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.

Blue Jays keep arms coming with Boyd in Round 6

Draft Report: Matt Boyd, College Pitcher

The Blue Jays selected college left-handed pitcher Matt Boyd in the sixth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, making the club 6-for-6 in getting pitchers to open the Draft.

Boyd spent his first three years at Oregon State as a reliever, but transitioned to a starter for the first time as a senior this spring after not signing with the Cincinnati Reds, who took him in the 2012 Draft.

As a starter, he's shown the ability to mix four pitches well, all of which could be Major League average as he develops them. Along with logging double-digit victories this spring, Boyd led the Beavers during the regular season in innings pitched, strikeouts and complete games.

Big, strong and durable, Boyd throws his fastball, curve, slider and changeup around the plate consistently and varies his arm slot to give hitters different looks.

Boyd could remain a starter at the next level, though his Draft selection comes with the insurance of knowing that he also had success as a lower-angle lefty reliever in the past.

Blue Jays take high school arm Greene in Round 7

The Blue Jays are clearly intent on rebuilding their pitching depth in their Minor League system.

For the seventh straight pick, Toronto chose a pitcher, selecting 6-foot-3 right-hander Conner Greene in Round 7 with the 205th overalll pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Greene, 18, pitched for Santa Monica High School in 2013.

The 170-pound righty has great downward plane on his fastball, something that could be a plus pitch as he fills out.

He also sports a curveball and splitter, although he'll need better command with all three of his pitches to have any success at the big league level.

That didn't stop him from dominating high school students in 2013, as Greene had a 1.68 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 50 innings.

"This year, the pressure was on me to perform, and I usually thrive under pressure," Greene said to the Santa Monica Mirror prior to being drafted. "I think, overall, it turned out well, because as a pitcher, you try to repeat your motion over and over, and I felt like I did that throughout the season."

Greene will play for College of Southern Nevada if he doesn't sign with the Blue Jays, but turning professional seems more likely.

"Being a professional ballplayer has always been my dream, but making a 40-man roster is the ultimate goal," said Greene. "Hopefully, I'm given a fair enough offer where I can finally achieve my dream and go out there and play baseball."

College hurler Graveman to Toronto in Round 8

The Blue Jays had yet to add a positional player in 2013 First-Year Player Draft heading into the eighth round, and that didn't change when they selected Kendall Graveman with the 235th overall pick.

Graveman, a senior at Mississippi State, was previously selected in the 36th round by the Marlins in 2012, but didn't sign to have one more opportunity to play in the College World Series.

The 6-foot-2 right-hander has an upper-80s fastball with heavy sinking action. He also has a solid changeup and a below-average curveball in his repertoire, and has good command of all his pitches.

As a starter, Graveman had a 2.94 ERA with three complete games, one shutout and 62 strikeouts in 98 innings in his senior year while serving as the team's co-captain.

Graveman threw 294 1/3 innings in his four years at Mississippi State, and was easily the most experienced member of the MSU pitching corps.

Blue Jays go back to Miss. St. in Round 9

In the ninth round, the Blue Jays chose their second consecutive Mississippi State senior.

After taking right-hander Kendall Graveman in the eighth round, Toronto went back to Mississippi State in the ninth, selecting lefty Chad Girodo with the 265th overall pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Girodo is a 6-foot-1 veteran southpaw reliever who appeared in 33 games with MSU in 2013.

The lefty went 7-1 with a 1.10 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 41 innings pitched.

Girodo has spent all four years as a reliever in college, only making five spot starts throughout his collegiate career.

This past season saw a completely different pitcher step on the mound than in the previous three years, as Girodo's ERA was 4.5 runs better than his previous best season.

Blue Jays take first position player in Round 10

The Blue Jays finally did something different with the 295th pick in 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

After selecting nine consecutive pitchers, Toronto ended Day 2 of the Draft by selecting catcher Garrett Custons of the United States Air Force in Colorado.

Custons is a two-time All-Mountain West catcher who is solid on both sides of the ball.

This season, the 22-year-old has hit .353, with .441 on-base percentage, 22 doubles, a home run and 25 RBIs in 53 games. Defensively, he has thrown out 20 of 37 would-be basestealers.

Custons is a senior, originally from Sarasota, Fla., and was one of 15 semifinalists for the 2013 Johnny Bench Award, given to the top Division 1 collegiate catcher.