Rays draft USF right-hander Brandon Lawson
Bulls junior RHP Brandon Lawson became the second member of the current roster to be drafted when the Rays selected him Saturday in the 12th round.
A Hernando High alumnus, Lawson was the 360th overall player taken, going off the board three rounds after the Diamondbacks took Bulls closer Tommy Eveld (No. 269 overall). Bulls senior RF Luke Maglich was drafted by the Phillies in the 34th round (No. 1,007 overall).
Lawson is expected to sign with Tampa Bay, but indicated Saturday no formal decision has been made. MLB recently released slot values to teams for the first 10 rounds only, according to mlb.com. The slot value for the final pick in the 10th round was $156,600.
"Being drafted by the Rays is a dream come true for me," said Lawson, a Missouri native. "I've been a Rays fan ever since I moved here and like everything their organization is about. I am very fortunate for this opportunity."
A second-team All-American Athletic Conference pick this past season, Lawson (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) finished 5-5 with a 2.50 ERA. In 101 innings, he struck 111 -- tied for second in the league -- and walked only 30.
In his final game, he scattered seven hits in as many innings while striking out eight in a 4-2 upset of NCAA Super Regional qualifier East Carolina at the AAC tournament in Clearwater. As a Hernando senior, he went 11-0 with a 0.27 ERA.