Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Rays 26th-30th Round Draft Picks

26th Round - 810th Overall: Raymond Church, 2B, Florida Atlantic University: Senior. Official bio: http://www.fausports.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/church_raymond00.html

27th Round - 840th Overall: Luke Irvine, RHP, Northwestern State University: Senior righty. Bio: http://www.nsudemons.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=93100&SPID=11381&DB_OEM_ID=20000&ATCLID=204893976&Q_SEASON=2010

28th Round - 870th Overall: Blake Grant-Parks, C, Yuba City HS (CA): Here's a scouting report, not sure how legit it is. Includes video: http://www.ppbinstruction.net/blake-parks.html

29th Round - 900th Overall: Jonathan Koscso, 3B, University of South Florida: Senior infielder, went to Tampa Jesuit HS. Official bio: http://www.gousfbulls.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=36645&SPID=2917&DB_OEM_ID=7700&ATCLID=1248975&Q_SEASON=2010

30th Round - 930th Overall: Chris Burgess, RHP, Blackhawk College: Here's a link to his college's baseball page: http://www.bhc.edu/athletics/qc/mens-baseball/


  1. Blake Parks has a torn shoulder muscle. He tore it when one of the area code scouts put him on the mound even though he had never pitched before. He was injured at that event and to this day needs surgery but has not had it. In fact he DH'd the entire spring season for Yuba City instead of having the surgery which would have caused him to miss his senior season. He tried to rehab and not have surgery but injured it again recently playing summer ball. I've been told the entire surgery and rehab is some 18 months, hence his reluctance to have it done. Before the injury he was as good a catcher as there was in the Northern California area and is also a tremendous hitter. He still hit very well in spite of his injury. If he can get the surgery and rehab behind him he would be worthy of a much higher selection.

  2. To set the record straight. Blake Grant-Parks does not have a torn shoulder muscle. His shoulder has been over worked, from all the camps, try-outs, tournaments, the Area Code Games, and being asked to pitch, for the Oakland A's doing the Area Code games. He is rehabing and his shoulder is getting stronger. He is currently playing for PPB, (Pro Player Baseball), summer team and is catching well.

  3. Blake Grant-Parks is going to have shoulder repair this month. Sources say that the surgery is not major. Grant-Parks shoulder is strong with no pain and after having it done, he should be as good as his junior year in high school, if not better. The rehab after the surgery is about three month, then two to three months of rehab conditioning, he should be ready for his long over due plate debut. I understand that he is attending Sierra College, in Rocklin, CA.