Monday, June 6, 2011

Rays 1st Round Pick - 32nd Overall: Jake Hager

Bit of a surprise here in that he generally wasn't rated in this range. But still a solid all-around profile.

BaseballAmerica: (rated #122 overall)
Hager doesn't have one standout tool, but he can do a little bit of everything and always plays hard. He's an average runner but has nice actions at shortstop with an above-average arm. Hager is a good hitter and performed with wood at showcase events last fall. He has some pop, though he profiles as more of a gap hitter with average power. His tools play up because he's the prototypical baseball rat. He has passion for the game and is typically the dirtiest guy on the field, playing with toughness and energy. He's a leader on the field with good makeup, exactly what you want from a shortstop. He could go as high as the second round and if he doesn't sign, he'll head to Arizona State.

BaseballAmerica blog post that includes a snippet on him


  1. Why the reach?????? We could've had him in the 3rd/4th round.

  2. the reach is because he is a great player.

  3. Good player.....not a 1st rounder though!!

  4. PG seems to like him, they said he is a fringe first rounder, has all the tools to stay at SS along with an excellent approach at the plate and ability to hit any kind of pitching.

    It is weird that they drafted Brandon Martin with their next pick, though.

  5. Shortstops don't always stay at shortstop. B.J. Upton, etc.