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BLUE JAYS RULE 5 DRAFT HISTORY
Toronto has selected 23 players in the Major League Baseball Draft, since their inaugural season in 1977. Players with at least three years of professional service who are not protected on a team's major league roster are eligible for selection by another club for $50,000 (prior to 1985 the draft price was $25,000). The drafted player must remain with his new club for the full season or be offered back to his original club for $25,000. The drafting is in reverse order of previous season records and alternating between leagues. Following this major league draft, a separate selection is held by National Association clubs from class AAA to A levels. An "AAA" selection price is $12,000. An "AA" selection is $4,000.

Toronto Selections
YearPlayerOriginal ClubStatus with Toronto
1977Willie Upshaw (1B)AAA-Syracuse (NYY)Played nine seasons in Toronto
1977Andy Dyes (OF)AAA-Denver (MTL)Spent one season in Toronto organization
1978Ted Wilborn (OF)AAA-Tacoma (NYY)Spent one season in Toronto organization
1978Bob Davis (C)AAA-Hawaii (SD)Played two seasons in Toronto
1979Mike Macha (IF)AAA-Richmond (ATL)Played one season in Toronto
1980George Bell (OF)AAA-Okl.City (PHI)Played nine seasons in Toronto
1980Dan Whitmer (C)AAA-Salt Lake (CAL)Played one season in Toronto
1981Jim Gott (RHP)AAA-Springfield (STL)Played three seasons in Toronto
1981Anthony Johnson (OF)AAA-Denver (MTL)Played one season in Toronto
1982Jim Acker (RHP)AAA-Richmond (ATL)In 2 stints,played 7 seasons for Toronto
1982Mercedes Esquer (LHP)AAA-Portland (PIT)Remained in the Toronto organization
1983Kelly Gruber (IF)AAA-Charleston (CLE)Played nine seasons in Toronto
1983Terry Cormack (C)AAA-Richmond (ATL)Returned to Atlanta March 25, 1984
1984Manuel Lee (IF)AAA-Tuscon (HOU)Played eight seasons in Toronto
1984Louis Thornton (OF)AAA-Tidewater (NYM)Played three seasons in Toronto
1985Jose DeJesus (RHP)AAA-Omaha (KC)Returned to Kansas City April 3, 1986
1986Jose Nunez (RHP)AAA-Omaha (KC)Played three seasons in Toronto
1990Ricky Rhodes (RHP)AAA-Columbus (NYY)Returned to New York March 29, 1991
1992Billy Taylor (RHP)AAA-Richmond (ATL)Returned to Atlanta April 1, 1993
1995Carey Paige (RHP)AA-Greenville (ATL)Remained in Toronto organization for two seasons
1997Luis Saturria (OF)A-Peoria (STL)Returned to St. Louis March 20, 1998
1999Dewayne Wise (OF)A-Rockford (CIN)Played three seasons in Toronto
2001Corey Thurman (RHP)AA-Wichita (KC)Played two seasons in Toronto
2002Aquilino Lorez (RHP)AAA-Tacoma (SEA)Played two seasons in Toronto
2002Gary Majewski (RHP)AAA-Charlotte (CWS)Returned to Chicago March 17, 2003
2002Jason Dubois (OF)AAA-Iowa (CHC)Returned to Chicago March 15, 2003
2003Talley Haines (RHP)AAA-Durham (TB)Remained in Toronto organization, played for one season
2006Jason Smith (IF)AAA-Iowa (CHC)Remained with the Club until May 15, 2007
2007Randy Wells (RHP)AAA-Iowa (CHC)Returned to the Cubs on April 16, 2008
2009Zech Zinicola (RHP)AAA-Syracuse (WAS) --
 
Selected from Toronto
YearPlayerTeamStatus after Draft
1981Ramon Lora (C)by Los AngelesReturned to Toronto March 31, 1982
 Domingo Ramos (IF)by SeattlePlayed five seasons with Seattle
1983Dave Geisel (LHP)by SeattlePlayed two seasons with Seattle
1984Mike Morgan (RHP)by SeattlePlayed two seasons with Seattle
1986Cliff Young (LHP)by OaklandReturned to Toronto April 6, 1987
 Stan Clarke (LHP)by SeattlePlayed one season with Seattle
1987Joe Johnson (RHP)by CaliforniaPlayed in California farm system
 Santiago Garcia (IF)by Chicago (AL)Played in Chicago farm system
1988Colin McLaughlin (RHP)by SeattlePlayed in Seattle farm system
 Chris Jones (RHP)by Los AngelesReturned to Toronto March 31, 1989
 Geronimo Berroa (OF)by AtlantaPlayed two seasons with Atlanta
 Matt Stark (C)by AtlantaReturned to Toronto March 27, 1989
 Eric Yelding (IF)by Chicago (NL)Claimed on waivers by Houston April 3,1989
1989Steve Wapnick (RHP)by DetroitReturned to Toronto May 1, 1990
 Sil Campusano (OF)by PhiladelphiaPlayed one season with Philadelphia
 Xavier Hernandez (RHP)by HoustonPlayed four seasons with Houston
1991Jesse Cross (RHP)by MinnesotaReturned to Toronto April 3, 1992
1992Graeme Lloyd (LHP)by PhiladelphiaAcquired by Milwaukee for P John Trisler
1993 Tim Hyers (1B)by San DiegoPlayed two seasons with San Diego
1994Todd Steverson (OF)by DetroitPlayed with Detroit in 1995
 Freddy Garcia (3B)by PittsburghPlayed with Pittsburgh in 1995
1996Mike Johnson (RHP)by San FranciscoTraded to Baltimore
 Tom Davey (RHP)by BaltimoreReturned to Toronto
1999Brian Smith (RHP)by PittsburghNon-tendered, signed by Pittsburgh
 Jim Mann (RHP)by New York (NL)Spent one season in New York organization
2000Jay Gibbons (1B)by BaltimoreCurrently on the Orioles 40-man roster
 Rendy Espina (LHP)by AnaheimReturned to Toronto
2002 Matthew Ford (LHP)by MilwaukeeCurrently on the Brewers 40-man roster
2004 Tyrell Godwin (OF)by WashingtonPlayed one season in Washington, remains in organization
2005 Jamie Vermilyea (RHP)by BostonReturned to Toronto
2005 Steve Andrade (RHP)by Tampa BayPlayed one season with both San Diego and Kansas City
2006 Francisco Mateo (LHP)by CincinnatiReleased by the Reds on Aug. 9, 2007