17. Tampa Bay Rays - A.J. Cole, RHP, Oviedo HS (FL) - This is another pick that a team would be thrilled to make. Cole, who is a clear number three behind Taillon and Whitson these days, still offers big upside, but he's failed to make a clear jump forward this year. Plenty of teams will have the chance to take him, but it will be a decision on how much risk they want to take.Does anyone have any thoughts or information about either guy? I sort of assumed the Rays would focus on position players, in light of the strength of their organizational pitching depth as opposed to position player depth. At #31 I would think a college hitter is most likely. Remember, if #31 doesn't sign, the Rays lose that pick forever, so signability is a big factor regardless if it's a pitcher or position player.
31. Tampa Bay Rays - Kyle Blair, RHP, San Diego - Blair has been hanging around for awhile, and while some have written him off as a disappointment from lofty expectations, he's started to come around lately. He still offers a good amount of upside and safety, and his ability to miss bats is hardly questioned. The Rays need a relatively safe, signable pick here, and Blair could fit that mold.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Who Will The Rays Draft In The 1st Round?
The Rays have two picks in the first round of June's Rule 4 draft, at numbers 17 and 31 (comp pick for LeVon Washington). In his latest Mock Draft, Andy Seiler of MLB Bonus Baby has the Rays choosing the following players:
-- By Doug at 4:05 PM