- John Stilson will miss the rest of the season due to a SLAP tear in his shoulder. This could first of all mean that he can not handle a starting role and immediately becomes the most intriguing relief pitching prospect of the draft. Therefore he could be of interest for the Rays (and their plethora of picks) in the 1st supp. and 2nd round or later on.
- The Rays' dream come true pick for their 1st selection, Josh Bell, informed the major league scouting bureau that he does not want to sign a pro contract. If true, this makes him this years' Austin Wilson (who is hitting .313-.349-.415 in Stanford by the way) and he highest likely will not be selected with an early round pick.
- Baseball America and Diamond Scape Scouting recently put new mocks out. After John Sickels' next mock on Monday I'll post an updated cumulative mock draft board. Both drafts have the latest draft riser Cory Spangenberg rising even more.
3 more players to watch for the Rays 1st selection:
Kevin and I have mentioned 11 players of interest for the Rays 1st round already here and here. These players are:
- Kolten Wong (2B/COL)
- Andrew Susac (C/COL)
- Brandon Nimmo (OF/HS)
- C.J. Cron (1B/COL)
- Josh Bell (OF/HS)
- Jose Fernandez (RHP/HS)
- Henry Owens (LHP/HS)
- Tyler Beede (RHP/HS)
- Dillon Howard (RHP/HS)
- Robert Stephensen (RHP/HS)
- Michael Kelly (RHP/HS)
Now I'm looking at even more possibilities I would love for the Rays 1st selection:
- Tyler Anderson, LHP, University of Oregon - He will be one of the most polished pitchers selected in this draft. Together with Alex Meyer (while being totally different) he is - amongst college pitchers - ranked right behind the top tier talents. He sports an above average 3 pitch mix (plus change, above average FB and slider) which he commands very well.
- Blake Swihart, C, Cleveland HS (NM), Texas commitment - Do the Rays need another prep catching talent after selecting Luke Bailey and Justin O'Conner in the last 2 drafts? That's the big question. Swihart is an elite talent, though ... definitely worth a 1st round pick. He is a switch hitter with a quick bat and top offensive potential. Behind the plate he projects to be good while not elite. His commitment to Texas lets him fall in some mocks. My take: If Swihart is the best player on the board and the Rays think they can sign him, they should take him.
- Javier Baez, IF/C, Arlington CD HS (FL), Chipola JC commitment - Javier Baez is very versitale and could end up at 3B, 2B or even behind the plate. He has all the tools for catching but plays short right now. Scouts think he will outgrow the position though. His bat should cary him at third or second as well. Some scouts even project him as "face of franchise" player. I'd love the Rays to grab that high upside players and while some mocks even project him to go to Arizona at 1-7, other have him falling to 1-24 and the Rays. If he falls, grab him.