Toronto Blue Jays select pitcher from Mississauga in annual baseball draft

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Published July 10, 2023 at 4:57 pm

Photo by Canadian Baseball Network

The Toronto Blue Jays kept it local in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball draft currently underway in Seattle.

The Jays selected left-handed pitcher Connor O’Halloran, a graduate of St. Martin Catholic Secondary School, 157th overall.

O’Halloran, who turns 21 on Sept. 1, just completed his junior year at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he finished the NCAA collegiate season with an 8-6 record.

The 6-foot-2 pitcher became the first Michigan Wolverine to post back-to-back 100 strikeout seasons and was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year.

O’Halloran’s father, Greg, was a professional baseball player who was also drafted by the Jays and made the majors with the Florida Marlins in 1994, seeing action in a dozen games.

The scouting report on the pitcher says he has three pitches, a four-seam fastball, slider and changeup. The fastball touches 93 mph and sits 91-92. The slider is his out pitch, sitting 82-83 mph with good sweeping action and bite.

He currently shows good command but, like most players out of Canada, is considered raw with a lot of work ahead to be a polished pro.

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