Over at John Sickels site they are conducting a mock draft. Basically they found 30 people to act as GM's for each team and at 1 p.m. eastern they began making picks in the order of the real draft. Our own Kevin Gengler is standing in for Don Zimmer and making the picks for the Rays. Here are the results (I'll update as the Rays/KG make more picks):
Round 1, 30th pick: Tommy Joseph, C, Arizona HS.
Round 2, 78th pick: Dane Williams, RHP, Florida HS.
Round 3, 108th pick: David Holmberg, LHP, Florida HS.
[Edit 4:15 by Kevin]
Here's some info and reasoning behind each guy...
C Tommy Joseph: He can hit, he's a hard-worker and I think he'll stay behind the plate. BA snipped: "In the 2009 Power Showcase, an offseason home run derby, Joseph showed off his well-above-average power by putting a few balls in the upper deck at Tropicana Field, and hit a 465-foot bomb that fluttered the American flag hanging from the catwalk in the left-center field power alley."
I went with him because while you don't want to draft for need, catcher is an organizational weak spot and I believe in his bat. Also I was trying to think along with the Rays, and scouting director R.J. Harrison is from Arizona and isn't afraid to draft from that state(ie Kyle Lobstein last year).
RHP Dane Williams: He's a Florida HSers with a big arm, but he's still a project. Honestly he wasn't my ideal pick here, but there wasn't really anyone that stuck out to me, so a high-ceiling arm makes sense. BA snippet: "His biggest question marks revolve around his command of the fastball and ability to develop a changeup, which he hasn't needed as a prep. Williams was closing strong, throwing a no-hitter in the 4-A regional finals to help Archbishop McCarthy reach the state final four for the first time."
LHP David Holmberg: Again, not my first candidate. I really liked OF Max Walla from a New Mexico HS, but he got taken a few picks earlier and there wasn't another position player I liked. BA snippet: "He's all of 6-foot-4 if not a bit taller and has a big frame, easily capable of carrying 225 pounds or so. His fastball has improved over the past year, sitting at 87-88 mph and at times hitting 90. His secondary stuff is his current calling card, and depending on the day he showed both a plus changeup and a curveball with 12-to-6 break and depth. Some scouts even like his slider better than his curveball, but the key is he throws all four for strikes." He'll have to be an over-slot signing though.