Blue Jays Select LHP Brandon Barriera In First Round of 2022 MLB Draft

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The Blue Jays are trying to win games now, but they just added a name for the future.

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With the 23rd overall pick in the 2022 MLB Draft, Toronto drafted left-handed high school pitcher, Brandon Barriera. He was ranked as the No. 15 player in MLB Pipeline's pre-draft rankings and No. 17 by Baseball America.

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"The delivery and athleticism that Brandon possesses is what really stood out," Blue Jays director of amateur scouting Shane Farrell said. "You know, in addition to the advanced pitches he has."

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From Brooklyn, New York, Barriera played high school baseball at American Heritage School in Florida. In his senior season, he posted a 5-0 record with 68 strikeouts and a 2.27 ERA in eight starts (37.0 IP).

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“The compete level is something we definitely notice and something that drew us to him," Farrell said. "We look forward to seeing that play out on the field."

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Currently committed to play college baseball at Vanderbilt next year, Barriera was the third high school pitcher selected in the draft and the second southpaw taken in the selection show.

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