Clemens' son among familiar names on Day 2 of MLB draft

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As a junior at Carolina, he was one of three first-team All-Americans, joining pitchers J.B. Bukauskas and Josh Hiatt.

The Toronto Blue Jays are hoping for some more magic out of the Clemens family.

The Blue Jays are confident Logan Warmoth, the No. 22 pick in the 2017 draft, will remain at shortstop as a professional and believe rocket-armed righthander Nate Pearson, selected at No. 28, can succeed as a starter.

20 years and 8 months to the day after signing Rogers Clemens to what was then a record free agent deal, the Jays drafted his son Kacy, a senior first baseman out of the University of Texas. He hit.305 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI in 62 games.

Toronto also had a second-round pick Monday night, choosing high school catcher Hagen Danner 61st overall. He hit.336/.404/.554 with 10 homers in 63 games, rising up draft boards as the season went on. Despite UNC falling short in the Chapel Hill regional, Warmoth had a heck of a season. Controlling the strike zone and getting on base are considered strengths and he is an above average base stealer.

He went 5-2 this year with 118 strikeouts - and just 23 walks - in 81.0 innings pitched with a 1.56 ERA. He was drafted by the New York Mets in 22nd round of the 2013 MLB Draft as a high school player.

Pearson started his career at Florida International before transferring to the College of Central Florida. One of the Jays' biggest draft success stories in recent years was the selection of outfielder Kevin Pillar, picked in the 32nd round, 979th overall, in 2011.

The top Canadian taken in the draft was Pickering RHP Landon Leach, selected 37th overall by the Twins. He also has two breaking balls and is developing a change-up.

The Minnesota Twins selected California high school shortstop Royce Lewis with the No. 1 pick.

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