UL Baseball’s Bo Bonds to Toronto Blue Jays in 2022 MLB Draft

The Toronto Blue Rays selected the Louisiana Baseball Bo Bonds on Tuesday in the 13th round on Day 3 of the 2022 MLB Draft.

Taken No. 398 overall, Bonds’ pick marks the second straight year the Ragin’ Cajuns have had a player picked in the draft.

The right-handed reliever’s second season ended with an injury requiring surgery from Tommy John, but Bonds was UL’s top pitcher. He struck out 83 batters in 55 innings (23 total appearances) with a best WHIP of 1.20 and five wins.

Louisiana second-year reliever Bo Bonds (2) pitched earlier in the 2022 season.

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Here’s what the Blue Jays are getting in bonds:

The positive points

Although this season is his first at the Division I level, Bonds has demonstrated why he is a pro prospect. His fastball is in the mid-90s but more importantly he showed command and control. And to help his case be a draft pick this year, Bonds used his breaking ball correctly.

The negatives

The health of Bonds remains the underlying question for the 21-year-old. Pitchers came back from Tommy John surgery stronger and better than ever, but Bonds is just over a month out of surgery, suffering from the injury in early June. Regardless of the team that wrote it, you have to believe in it and its recovery process.

Final Thoughts

Bonds gave his best during the Cajuns playoffs. When the lights were brightest and in the tightest traffic, Bonds stepped into the game and delivered for his team. His competitive fire carried him into the MLB draft, and the bonds will bolster a franchise’s bullpen once healthy.

Garland K. Long