Groshans had been predicted to go late in the first round by most draft experts, but the Jays selected the 6-foot-3, 178-pounder at No. 12 after the Pirates had snagged outfielder Travis Swaggerty with the 10th selection. Groshans and Kloffenstein will report to Dunedin for extended spring training and either be assigned to a team or continue their training with the player development staff.
Groshans may not end up reaching the majors at shortstop given his size and defensive abilities. The Jays have six shortstops among the Top 30 prospects in the system, according to MLB.com. The list includes Bo Bichette, Logan Warmoth, Richard Urena, Kevin Smith, Leonardo Jimenez, and Kevin Vicuna.
Groshans is the first high-school player chosen as Toronto’s top pick in the June draft since right-hander Tyler Beede in 2013. Beede did not sign. The last time the Jays selected as high as 12th overall was 2014, choosing right-hander Jeff Hoffman from East Carolina University. Hoffman signed and was later shipped to Colorado as the key piece in the Troy Tulowitzki trade.