The work ethic, talent and projectability on BB&N lefty Andrew Chin has never been in question. But when the 6-foot-1, Boston College-bound senior shut it down for the spring after five innings, and underwent Tommy John surgery last month, his stock would have presumably slumped.
A few eyebrows were raised as the Newton resident taken in the fifth round (169th overall) by the Blue Jays. Chin was not paying attention to the draft; as irony would have it, he was just coming out of rehabilitation at Mass. General Hospital when he got the call from regional scout Mike Pesce informing him of the pick.
"It feels actually surprising more than anything. I didn't see this coming," Chin said. "You know, this has been my goal since I was four years old, I've always been dreaming of this moment happening, but I didn't expect it to come at this time because I haven't been pitching. I guess it just shows all the hard work and dedication I put in, all of the offseason training and working before and after practices, I guess all of that led up to this moment."
When healthy, the 6-foot-1, Boston College-bound lefty is know for his deceiving repertoire similar to Chien-Ming Wang's, sinking hitters with off-speed movement. Unfortunately, it'll be at least another three months before he even starts light tossing.
Heading into the spring, an American League scout gave me the following scouting report:
"Chin might be the most complete pitcher at this point. Maybe he's not the same type of thrower or class as these other guys -- he tends to be in the upper 80's with his fastball, good in and out, good with the changeup -- but he understands the craft and is willing to work at it. He's a classic left-hander with good feel for how to set hitters up."
Chin is friends off the field with the Jays' first round pick, Tyler Beede of Lawrence Academy, and sent him a congratulatory text message last night after his selection.
"He's probably been bombarded with phone calls," Chin said of Beede. "I'm not expecting a quick response. What I'm feeling, he probably felt probably multiplied by 100, but we haven’t had a chance to talk."