The recent Ashland High graduate was a fifth-round selection by the Rays last month and had committed to play at Oregon State before coming to terms with Tampa Bay officials following negotiations that began with breakfast Saturday morning and concluded around 6 p.m. Final terms of the deal could not be disclosed because Kendall hasn't signed his official contract and had it approved by Major League Baseball, but the pitcher's deal includes four years of college tuition and a sizable signing bonus.He expects to join the GCL Rays in week or so.
The Rays 23rd round pick, outfielder Kevin Patterson, has decided to return to Auburn University for his senior season:
Patterson should be considered the biggest surprise of the group. Largely platooning as a designated hitter, Patterson had a career year, hitting .315 with 16 home runs and 33 RBI. In 10 games this summer for the Cape Cod League’s Cotuit Kettleers, Patterson hit .233 with one home run and two RBI.