The Rays picked up a supplemental First Round pick today when catcher Gregg Zaun signed with the Milwaukee Brewers. Here are the Rays picks as of now in the first three rounds:
17th overall (not protected if the Rays sign a Type A free agent)
31st overall (compensation for not signing LeVon Washington, protected)
Supplemental First Round
35th overall (compensation for Type B free agent Gregg Zaun, protected)
52nd overall (not protected if the Rays sign a 2nd Type A free agent :)
79th overall (compensation for not signing Kenny Diekroeger, protected)
84th overall (not protected if the Rays sign a 3rd Type A free agent ::)
Supplemental Third Round
The 31st and 79th picks will be lost if the player selected fails to sign. These will continue to change as the Rays and other teams sign free agents. The Rays will receive another Supplemental First Round pick if a team signs Brian Shouse, a Type B free agent (which will be above the pick received for Zaun since Shouse was ranked higher).
With all of these picks, what should the Rays draft strategy be? Signability is clearly important for the 31st and 79th picks since they will be lost if the player doesn't sign, but what should they do with the other four picks? Go high risk/talent/hard-to-sign guys? Play-it-safe picks?