The six-foot-six junior from Georgia Tech throws a fastball in the 91-93 m.p.h. range with a power slider and changeup.
It's the second straight year the Blue Jays used their first pick on a college pitcher -- they took right-hander Chad Jenkins last year.
The pick is the first for new general manager Alex Anthopoulos and amateur scouting director Andrew Tinnish.
Their stated goal in the draft is in finding athletic players with superstar potential, and they are willing to accept more risk to get that type of talent.
The Blue Jays also have the 34th, 38th and 41st picks on the first day of the draft.
For people who love D in hockey, the Jays could conceivably have the best starting rotation in baseball in 3-5 years.