1st-round pick Stanek ready to get to work
"Of course, I always try to play with a little chip on my shoulder,'' Stanek said. "I have a really good opportunity here with (the Rays) and I'm just excited to get playing and start working.''
Stanek, 21, will report to Port Charlotte Wednesday to start getting back to game shape, having last pitched in the NCAA regionals in May, and then be assigned to short-season Class A Hudson Valley and used as a starter.
After going 10-2 with a 1.39 ERA in 16 starts as a junior for Arkansas (ranked the No. 13 prospect in the draft by Baseball America), 22-8, 2.55 ERA over three seasons, the decision to go pro was actually easy.
"I love Arkansas but I felt like I'd done a lot there and I felt like this was a really, really good opportunity for me,'' Stanek said. "So I don't feel like it was that hard.''
The Rays have now signed 33 of their 41 picks.