Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Rays 6th Round Pick - 212th Overall - RHP Damion Carroll

BaseballAmerica (rated #132 overall):
Carroll is a good example of the adage, "If you're good, they'll find you." He was absent from the showcase circuit and pitched for his American Legion team last summer, but plenty of scouts were in on him this spring. An excellent athlete who also excels in basketball, Carroll is raw but physical at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, drawing comparisons to a young Lee Smith. He has a strong arm and sits in the low 90s, touching 95 mph. His secondary stuff needs work, but he has shown two breaking balls with at least average potential. His curveball has power tilt with tight, three-quarters break when it's on. His changeup will need work. The jury seems to be split on Carroll and he lost some steam later in the season, but he has no Division I college commitment and should be signable in the fourth to sixth round.
Washington Post article on him.

*** SIGNED JUNE 13TH. ***


  1. Gotta like those projectable H.S. pitchers!

  2. Pretty cool for best friend. He's a beast

  3. 6 (212) CARROLL, Damion – RHP School: King George (Va.) High School
    Born: 1/31/1994
    B/T: R/R
    HT/WT: 6-3/200
     Selected 212th overall by the Rays but was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 132 overall prospect in the draft.
     Ranked by BA as the No. 1 high school prospect out of the state of Virginia (No. 3 overall).
     Named the Battlefield District Player of the Year after going 6-0 with 96 strikeouts in 48 innings during the regular season, guiding King George to the Group AA State Tournament and their first regional appearance since 1988.
     Committed to San Jacinto (Texas) Community College where Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte once pitched.  Idolizes Satchel Paige.  Is an avid outdoorsman…enjoys fishing and bird calls.

  4. He played Tuesday in the playoffs after he was drafted, here's how he did:

    King George's Damion Carroll, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth round Tuesday, was 1 for 3 with a home run. As a pitcher, he gave up two runs in six innings. He issued nine walks.


  5. Just an FYI, he won an award:

    King George senior Damion Carroll was named Group AA state baseball player of the year by the Virginia High School Coaches Association.

    Carroll led the Foxes to their first state tournament berth, going 8–0 with a 1,3o ERA and 131 strikeouts in 66 innings on the mound. He also batted .420 with seven home runs, 29 RBis and 18 stolen bases in 18 attempts.

    He was chosen in the sixth round of last week’s First-Year Player Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays and is currently negotiating with the team.