Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Rays Draft Picks: Rounds 31-40

Rays 31st Round Pick - 941st Overall: Kevin Kiermaier, OF, Parkland College(IL)
Ranked #18 in the state of Illinois by BaseballAmerica. Sings in the shower to love songs, according to his player page:

Rays 32nd Round Pick - 971st Overall: Bryan Fogle, OF, Erskine College(SC)
Was named Tino Martinez Division II Player of the Year. Hit .430/.517/.910 as a senior in 2010.

Rays 33rd Round Pick - 1001st Overall: Scott Simon, RHP, Central Valley HS(WA)
Big, big kid at 6'8". In a November 2009 Baseball Northwestern piece, he was rated the #8 prospect(Vettleson, Sale, and Brett were 1-2-3). #25 in a January piece. Simon is committed to Washington State. Probably won't sign: "It would have to be a substantial offer, life-changing, for me to give up college baseball and my education."

Rays 34th Round Pick - 1031st Overall: Steven Tinoco, 1B, Long Beach State
Hit .348/.402/.424 as a senior in 2010.

Rays 35th Round Pick - 1061st Overall: Spencer Davis, RHP, The Woodlands HS(TX)
Teammates with #2 overall pick Jameson Taillon. Ranked #97 in Texas by BaseballAmerica. Committed to Texas A&M University.
From BaseballBeginnings, though this is talking about him as a hitter: "Davis is a right-handed hitter who is tall (6-4) and has a lot of room for physical projection while retaining some of the loose musculature that gives The Woodlands HS prospect a pro body. Davis is handsy and showed an idea of how to use them, how to wait, how to turn, and how to get extension at the right time. His bat speed and strong hands make him a gunshot guy with wood, and his firm front and quiet head characteristics are things he repeats. He has whippy torque in his swing and reminds me a little bit of Matt Dominguez, who was a first round pick from Chatsworth High School (Calif.) in 2007.

Davis, who is teammates with Jameson Taillon, is going to get a ton of looks this spring. The thought here is that pro teams are going to have a very hard time walking away from a young hitter with a great foundation, arm to stay at third and enough infield skills to work with at the start."

Fastball in the mid-80's, it seems.

Rays 36th Round Pick - 1091st Overall: Robert Dickman, LHP, Pepperdine
5th-year senior. Player page. 4.44 ERA with 75 strikeouts to 23 walks in 99.1 innings in 2010.

Rays 37th Round Pick - 1121st Overall: Demondre Arnold, RHP, Creekside HS(GA)
Ranked #58 in the state of Georgia by BaseballAmerica. video here. Max-effort delivery, throws across his body, fastball in the 80s.

Rays 38th Round Pick - 1151st Overall: Will Anderson, RHP, Foothills HS(CA)
Ranked #94 in the state of California by BaseballAmerica: "Fresno State has also put together a good recruiting class and righthander Will Anderson could be a key member. He has a good feel for pitching, with an upper 80s fastball that flirts with 90-91 on occasion and good movement. His curveball is a slurvy, and he also mixes in a split. Anderson's older brother John was drafted out of Chabot JC by the Blue Jays in 2008."

Rays 39th Round Pick - 1181st Overall: Parker Markel, RHP, Yavapi JC(AZ)
Rated #23 in Arizona by BaseballAmerica: "Righthander Parker Markel can run his fastball up to 93 mph, but he's another guy who doesn't have a clean delivery and profiles as a middle reliever." video here.

Rays 40th Round Pick - 1211th Overall: Wade Broyles, RHP, Belhaven College(MS)
NAIA school. 75 strikeouts to 14 walks in 41 innings as a 5th-year senior in 2010.


  1. More on Kiermaier from the Parkland College website:

    "Kiermaier, the Cobras Most Valuable Player, is undoubtedly the best hitter in Cobra history. The center fielder, who will attend Purdue Univerity next fall, was a 3rd Team All-American selection for the second straight year while breaking numerous Parkland records this season. He hit .430 this year with 17 home runs and 71 runs batted in. He also led the team in runs scored, stolen bases, and triples. The Ft. Wayne, In. native broke the season school record for home runs (17), runs (90) and walks (51). He already holds the school record for triples (13) from last season."

    "For his career, Kiermaier has the all-time best career batting average (.429), and is also the career leader in home runs, runs scored, triples, and walks. He is second in runs batted in and total hits, and third in stolen bases. Kevin was the 2009 World Series MVP and was an All-Tournament selection again this year after breaking the NJCAA record for runs batted in for a World Series with 12. He is a two-time All-Region and All-MWAC honoree. He has been selected as an NJCAA All-Star and will compete for Team USA in the upcoming Honkbal Tourney in the Netherlands from July 9-18."

    He's listed at 6'1", 200 pounds.

  2. More from the Erskine website on #32 Fogle, who was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 30th round of the 2009 draft:

    "This season Fogle batted .430 and lead DII with 28 home runs, 103 RBI (the second most in NCAA history) and 203 total bases. Those numbers, combined with 23 doubles, allowed him to amass a gaudy .910 slugging percentage which ranked third in the country. He also ranked in the top 10 in runs, runs per game, hits, home runs per game and RBI's per game and was even a perfect 11 for 11 in stolen bases."

    "With his prolific season, combined with standout performances as an underclassman, Fogle established new NCAA career records for home runs (73), RBI (310) and total bases (630). He is the only player in NCAA Division II history to finish a baseball career with more than 300 hits, 70 home runs, 300 RBI and 600 total bases."

  3. Bryan Fogle is a physical freak, saw in real life. Kid can play the game.

  4. Fogle seems like this year's Stephen Vogt.

    Obviously the most interesting is Davis, but if he dropped to the 35th round while being a teammate of Taillon (meaning a LOT of scouts will have seen him), then it's obvious he won't sign unless something crazy happens. But it's good to spend a late pick or two on a guy like that anyway - occasionally, something crazy does happen (e.g., death in the family and they suddenly need the money), so it's good to have the rights if it does.