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June

JOSHUA LOWE THIRD BASEMAN

ROUND 1 - NO. 13 OVERALL

B/T L/R HT/WT 6-4/200 BORN 2/2/1998 SCHOOL Pope (Ga.) HS HOMETOWN Marietta, Ga.

18-year-old was named the No. 2 Power Hitter, No. 2 Infield Arm and No. 2 Athlete among high school players in the draft by Baseball America…MLB.com graded him as the No. 3 infield prospect available in the draft.

Joined Evan Longoria (2006) and Richie Shaffer (2012) as third baseman drafted by the Rays with their first overall pick…joined SS Tim Beckham (2008) and SS Melvin Upton Jr. (2002) as high school infielders drafted with their first pick.

Hit .391 with 11 HR and 39 RBI as a senior…named Georgia’s 2015-16 Gatorade Player of the Year.

Regarded as one of the top two-way players in the draft, and his fastball has been clocked in the mid-90s.

His older brother, Nathaniel, was drafted this year by the Rays in the 13th round out of Mississippi State…his father, David, was a fifth-round selection by the Seattle Mariners in 1986 out of Satellite Beach (Fla.) High School, but opted instead to accept his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy…father spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy.

Signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Florida State University.

 

RYAN BOLDT CENTER FIELDER

ROUND 2 - NO. 53 OVERALL

B/T L/R HT/WT 6-2/220 BORN 11/22/1994 SCHOOL Univ. of Nebraska HOMETOWN Red Wing, Minn.

                Is the highest-drafted player out of University of Nebraska since Joba Chamberlain (by the Yankees, No. 41 overall in 2006) and their highest-drafted position player since Alex Gordon (by the Royals, No. 2 overall in 2005).

                Led the Cornhuskers in runs scored each of the last three seasons, the first in school history to do so.

                Only missed 3 of Nebraska’s 178 games since his arrival…played for head coach Darin Erstad at Nebraska, the No. 1 overall pick in 1995…hit .288 (74-for-257) with 48 R, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 30 RBI and 20 SB this season as a junior…named to the Golden Spikes Award pre- and midseason watch list in 2016, and was second team All-Big 10 for the second straight year…as a sophomore, ranked 9th in the Big 10 with a .374 batting avg. and 4th with a .467 OBP.

                Was a two-time academic All-American at Nebraska, where he maintained a 3.70 GPA as a nutrition science major.

                Drafted by Boston in the 22nd round of the 2013 June Draft out of Red Wing (Minn.) HS, but did not sign…regarded as a potential first-round pick that year before suffering a torn right meniscus in the first game of his senior year.

                As a high school junior, led Red Wing to a 22-2 record and its first state tournament appearance since 1977…named MVP of the 2012 Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park in San Diego…earned a spot on Team USA’s Under-18 squad in August 2012, the first Minnesotan to earn a spot on the team since Joe Mauer in 2000.

                Threw left-handed until age 11, when he fractured his left elbow throwing a ball in from the outfield.

 

JAKE FRALEY CENTER FIELDER

ROUND B - NO. 77 OVERALL

B/T L/L HT/WT 6-0/185 BORN 5/25/1995 SCHOOL Louisiana State Univ. HOMETOWN Middletown, Del.

                Ranked the No. 66 overall prospect in the draft by Baseball America.

                Through the NCAA Regionals, started all 64 games as a junior…was batting .324/.407/.459 (84-for-259) with 59 R, 10 2B, 5 3B, 5 HR, 35 RBI, 28 SB and ranked among SEC leaders in SB (T-1st), runs (T-3rd), hits (6th) and triples (T-4th).

                Wore No. 8 at LSU, carrying on a tradition started by OF Mikie Mahtook, who passed on his cherished number to a de­serving underclassman…Mahtook (2009-11) passed it to Mason Katz (2012-13 and a 2013 4th-round pick of St. Louis), who gave it to Alex Bregman (2014-15 and No. 2 overall pick of Houston in 2015) who passed it to Fraley (2016).

                Led LSU with a .387 (12-for-31) avg. over their 8 NCAA Tournament games in 2015…the year prior, was named a second team Freshman All-America…played for Chatham in the Cape Cod League in 2014 and 2015.

                As a high school senior at Caravel Academy (Bear, Del.) in 2013, was named First Team Louisville Slugger All-Amer­ican and a Preseason Gatorade Player of the Year…batted .492 as a senior and .536 as a junior, earning All-State recognition in both seasons…a three-time member of the Academic Honor Roll.

 

AUSTIN FRANKLIN RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 3 - NO. 90 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-3/215 BORN 10/2/1997 SCHOOL Paxton (Fla.) HS HOMETOWN Laurel Hill, Fla.

                Went 6-2 with a 1.51 ERA (41.2-IP, 9-ER) this season and helped Paxton HS win the District 1-1A championship…had two no-hitters this past season…transferred from Florala HS in Alabama following his sophomore season.

                Became the fourth high school player from the state of Florida selected in this year’s draft.

                Committed to play college baseball at Samford University.

 

EASTON McGEE RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 4 - NO. 120 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-7/220 BORN 12/26/1997 SCHOOL Hopkinsville (Ky.) HS HOMETOWN Hopkinsville, Ky.

                Ranked the No. 112 overall prospect in the draft by Baseball America.

                Named by Rawlings and Perfect Game to the Central Region all-High School Senior First Team…was the highest draft pick in Hopkinsville HS history and the first to be drafted since Justin Hageman in 2010 (to KC, did not sign).

                Attended the 2015 National Showcase in Fort Myers last June and was named to the Top Prospect Team there.

                Committed to play college baseball at the University of Kentucky…also had offers from Mississippi State University and Western Kentucky University, among others.

 

MIKEY YORK RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 5 - NO. 150 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-2/190 BORN 2/24/1996 SCHOOL Coll. of Southern Nevada HOMETOWN Las Vegas, Nev.

                Went 6-0 with a 2.03 ERA (48.2-IP, 11-ER) and 61 SO in 13 starts in 2016…led the conference in ERA and opp avg. (.144).

                Underwent Tommy John surgery following his senior year of high school (2014)…did not pitch in 2015.

                Is the son of former major league pitcher Mike York (1990 with Pittsburgh, 1991 with Cleveland).

                Originally signed with Saint Mary’s but decided instead to enroll in College of Southern Nevada—the same school from which Bryce Harper was selected…is signed to play at Arizona State University next season.

 

ZACK TRAGETON RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 6 - NO. 180 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-3/210 BORN 9/2/1998 SCHOOL Faith Lutheran (Nev.) HS HOMETOWN Las Vegas, Nev.

                Was a first-team all-state selection last season, going 6-1 with a 1.71 ERA (49-IP, 12-ER) and 76 SO.

                Has only been pitching for the last two seasons…his high school coach told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he was going to move from third base to the outfield and he noticed his arm strength during long-toss drills out there.

                Committed to play college baseball for the reigning Pac-12 champions at the University of Utah.

                Is the first player ever drafted by the Rays to be born after the first game in franchise history.

                Last name is pronounced TRAG-a-tonn.

 

J.D. BUSFIELD RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 7 - NO. 210 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-7/230 BORN 5/5/1995 SCHOOL Loyola Marymount Univ. HOMETOWN Valencia, Calif.

                Ranked the No. 154 overall prospect in the draft by Baseball America and the No. 197 prospect by MLB.com.

                Ranks among Loyola Marymount all-time leaders in ERA (3.83, 9th), BB/9 IP (1.80, 1st) and saves (14, 4th).

                Began the 2016 season and the school’s Friday starter…was an honorable mention All-West Coast Conference se­lection…the season prior, had a single-season school-record 14 saves…used as a starter and reliever as a freshman.

                J.D. is short for John Davis…is a business finance major at Loyola Marymount.

 

KENNY ROSENBERG LEFT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 8 - NO. 240 OVERALL

B/T L/L HT/WT 6-1/195 BORN 7/9/1995 SCHOOL Cal State Northridge HOMETOWN Santa Clarita, Calif.

                Went 6-1 with a 3.21 ERA (98-IP, 35-ER) and 118 SO in 15 starts this year for Cal State Northridge…led the Big West Conference in strikeouts and was the program’s first pitcher in 10 seasons to reach the 100 SO plateau.

                Redshirted and missed the entire 2015 season due to a back injury…made 15 relief apps as a freshman.

                Was a two-sport athlete in high school…in addition to baseball, was a goaltender in soccer.

 

PETER BAYER RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 9 - NO. 270 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-4/195 BORN 3/6/1994 SCHOOL Cal Poly Pomona HOMETOWN Parker, Colo.

                Coming off his only season at Cal Poly Pomona as a senior transfer from the University of Richmond…was 2-2 with a 4.39 ERA (65.2-IP, 32-ER) and led the conference with 103 SO…were the most by any CCAA pitcher since 2005.

                Helped lead Cal Poly Pomona to their second straight trip to Cary, N.C. for the Division II Baseball Championship.

                Made a combined 36 apps (12 starts) over 3 seasons at Richmond…in high school, helped his team to the Colorado 5A State Championship in 2011…was a combined 14-0 on the mound as a junior and senior.

 

SPENCER JONES RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 10 - NO. 300 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-5/205 BORN 9/22/1994 SCHOOL Univ. of Washington HOMETOWN Sparks, Nev.

                Went 6-2 with a 4.14 ERA (58.2-IP, 27-ER) in 32 apps (4 starts) this season as a senior…had a 3.30 ERA in 28 relief apps, compared to a 6.60 ERA in 4 starts…the year prior, ranked among team leaders in SO (58, 2nd) and IP (65.1, 4th) despite making only 1 start…spent two seasons at Mendocino Junior College prior to joining the Huskies.

                His University of Washington bio lists his favorite baseball team as the San Francisco Giants, his favorite player as Madison Bumgarner and his earliest baseball memory as going to Giants games with his family and watching Barry Bonds hit…another former Giants RH also went to Washington: two-time NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum.

 

ZACK THOMPSON LEFT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 11 - NO. 330 OVERALL

B/T L/L HT/WT 6-3/190 BORN 10/28/1997 SCHOOL Wapahani (Ind.) HS HOMETOWN Selma, Ind.

                Ranked the No. 146 overall prospect in the draft by MLB.com and the No. 308 prospect by Baseball America.

                Went 4-2 with a 1.88 ERA (56-IP, 15-ER) and 119 SO as a senior, returning from shoulder soreness which ended his junior season…went a combined 19-0 with a 0.59 ERA and 246 SO in his junior and sophomore seasons.

                As a high school sophomore, was named first-team All-State and a Louisville Slugger first-team All-American, going 13-0 with an 0.64 ERA and leading Wapahani to the state championship…had a CG SHO in the state title game.

                Along with Rays 4th-round pick Easton McGee, is committed to play college baseball at the University of Kentucky.

 

BRANDON LAWSON RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 12 - NO. 360 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-3/205 BORN 12/13/1994 SCHOOL Univ. of South Florida HOMETOWN Spring Hill, Fla.

                Went 5-5 with a 2.50 ERA (101-IP, 28-ER) in 15 apps (14 starts) as a junior…ranked among American Conference leaders in IP (5th), ERA (6th), opp avg. (.224, 7th) and SO (111, 2nd) and earned second team All-AAC honors.

                Was a three-time all-county and all-conference selection in high school, playing two years at Hernando HS, one year at Springstead HS and sitting out one year due to transfer rules…big league pitcher Bronson Arroyo went to Hernando HS.

                Became the third player the Rays have ever selected out of the University of South Florida.

 

NATHANIEL LOWE FIRST BASEMAN

ROUND 13 - NO. 390 OVERALL

B/T L/R HT/WT 6-4/235 BORN 7/7/1995 SCHOOL Mississippi State Univ. HOMETOWN Marietta, Ga.

                Is the older brother of the Rays first-round selection, Joshua (No. 13 overall)…marks the third time in club history the Rays have chosen brothers in the same draft…they took Tim and Jeremy Beckham in the first and 17th rounds, respectively, in 2008 and twin brothers Nathan and Jason Cromer in the 10th and 11th rounds, respectively, in 1999.

                Through the NCAA Regionals, started all 62 games as a junior…was batting .354 (86-for-243) with 20 2B, 5 HR and 49 RBI in his first season at Mississippi State…played two seasons with Mercer CC before transferring.

                Had a walk-off grand slam in the state title game his senior season…broke school records for doubles and homers.

                Chose Mississippi State University over offers from Florida State, South Florida and Central Florida, among others.

 

MILES MASTROBUONI SECOND BASEMAN

ROUND 14 - NO. 420 OVERALL

B/T L/R HT/WT 5-11/175 BORN 10/31/1995 SCHOOL Univ. of Nevada, Reno HOMETOWN Livermore, Calif.

                Named second team All-Mountain West in his only season at Nevada, ranking 2nd in the conference in SB (18) and batting .364 (83-for-228) with 17 2B, 40 RBI and a .458 OBP…ranked 2nd on the team in hits and runs scored.

                Prior to Nevada, attended the College of San Mateo for two seasons and was first team all-conference both years.

                His brother, Marcus, was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 25th round of the 2015 June Draft.

 

DALTON MOATS LEFT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 15 - NO. 450 OVERALL

B/T L/L HT/WT 6-3/175 BORN 5/24/1995 SCHOOL Delta State Univ. HOMETOWN Kansas City, Mo.

                Went 12-3 with a 2.65 ERA (112-IP, 33-ER) in 16 starts (6 CG) in 2016…ranked 1st in the Gulf South Conference and 6th in NCAA Division II in strikeouts and finished the season tied for 2nd in Division II in wins.

                Played for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M JC prior to transferring to Delta State University.

                Previously selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 33rd round of the 2013 June Draft.

 

DOMINIC MIROGLIO CATCHER

ROUND 16 - NO. 480 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-0/185 BORN 3/10/1995 SCHOOL Univ. of San Francisco HOMETOWN Oakland, Calif.

                Missed the majority of the 2016 season due to a hand injury which sidelined him after 8 games.

                Hit .340 (70-for-206) with 3 HR and a team-leading 38 RBI as a sophomore in 2015 and ranked among West Coast Conference leaders in RBI (6th) and avg. (9th)…named to the Northwoods League All-Star Team that summer.

                Transferred from UCLA after his freshman season…his UCLA bio noted he admires St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina.

                Previously selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 40th round of the 2013 June Draft.

 

WYATT MILLS RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 17 - NO. 510 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-4/185 BORN 1/25/1995 SCHOOL Gonzaga Univ. HOMETOWN Spokane, Wash.

                Went 3-2 with a 2.65 ERA (37.1-IP, 11-ER) and 7 saves in 22 apps as a junior at Gonzaga Univ. in 2015.

                Sidearmer pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in three collegiate seasons…planned to study medicine and attend Marquette University and leave baseball behind before he caught the eye of coaches from Gonzaga at a showcase.

                Played two summers in the West Coast League with the Kelowna Falcons.

 

SAM LONG LEFT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 18 - NO. 540 OVERALL

B/T L/L HT/WT 6-1/180 BORN 7/8/1995 SCHOOL Sacramento State Univ. HOMETOWN Orangeville, Calif.

                Ranked the No. 322 overall prospect in the draft by Baseball America.

                Went 5-8 with a 3.99 ERA (85.2-IP, 38-ER) and a team-leading 68 SO in 16 apps (15 starts) as a junior.

                Currently ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in IP (270.1, 4th), SO (181, 6th) and wins (19, T-6th).

                Graduated early from high school in December 2013 and was in Sacramento State’s rotation two months later.

 

JAMES HALEY THIRD BASEMAN

ROUND 19 - NO. 570 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-2/195 BORN 2/23/1995 SCHOOL Penn State Univ. HOMETOWN Upper Darby, Pa.

                Hit .315 (69-for-219) with 27 RBI and 10 SB in 55 games as a junior…hit a combined .297 in three seasons at Penn St.

                In November 2015, Penn State became the first United States team—amateur or professional—to compete against teams from the Cuban National Series…he started all four games in the Cuban Baseball Friendship Tournament.

                Received Philadelphia Inquirer Player of the Year honors as a high school senior…hit .459 with 2 HR and 26 RBI.

                Has nine siblings: one sister and eight brothers.

 

KEVIN SANTIAGO SHORTSTOP

ROUND 20 - NO. 600 OVERALL

B/T S/R HT/WT 6-0/170 BORN 9/28/1997 SCHOOL Miami Dade CC South HOMETOWN Patillas, PR

                Hit .301/.414/.504 (37-for-123) with 15 2B, 2 HR and 35 RBI in 36 games this season, his first year in the states.

                Selected out of Miami Dade CC—the same school from which Mike Piazza was selected in the 62nd round (1988).

                Previously selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 39th round of the 2015 June Draft.

 

JOHN McMILLON THIRD BASEMAN

ROUND 21 - NO. 630 OVERALL

B/T L/R HT/WT 6-2/230 BORN 1/27/1998 SCHOOL Jasper (Texas) HS HOMETOWN Jasper, Texas

                Ranked the No. 252 overall prospect in the draft by Baseball America.

                Selected by the Rays as a third baseman…was a two-way star at Jasper HS, splitting time between the mound and at catcher…participated in a pair of Perfect Game Super 25 Tournaments last summer in Texas.

                Committed to play college baseball at Texas Tech University.

 

FREDDY VILLARREAL RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 22 - NO. 660 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-0/190 BORN 4/7/1998 SCHOOL Veterans Memorial (Texas) HS HOMETOWN Brownsville, Texas

                Went 11-1 with an 0.50 ERA (69.1-IP, 5-ER) and 124 SO as a high school senior, including four no-hitters and one perfect game…he was named to the Class 5A-6A All-Star Game following the season.

                Became the fifth player ever selected out of Veterans Memorial HS and the first since 2004.

                Committed to play college baseball at the University of Houston.

 

ISAAC BENARD OUTFIELDER

ROUND 23 - NO. 690 OVERALL

B/T L/R HT/WT 5-10/205 BORN 1/2/1996 SCHOOL Mount Hood (Ore.) CC HOMETOWN West Richland, Wash.

                Is the son of Marvin Benard, who played in a total of 891 games for the San Francisco Giants from 1995-2003.

                Hit .385 (30-for-78) with 6 2B, 3 HR and 20 RBI in 24 games this year with Mount Hood CC, his second season there.

                Played for Cowlitz in the West Coast League last summer and ranked among the league’s top five in avg. and RBI.

                Originally signed with the University of Washington out of high school…won his conference’s triple crown as a junior, batting .500 with 9 HR and 41 RBI.

 

JOE SERRAPICA RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 24 - NO. 720 OVERALL

B/T L/R HT/WT 6-1/215 BORN 5/25/1994 SCHOOL Fordham Univ. HOMETOWN Manalapan, N.J.

                Went 5-5 with a 3.54 ERA (84-IP, 33-ER) and 92 SO in 18 apps (14 starts) as a senior this season.

                Spent the majority of his first three seasons at Fordham pitching out of the bullpen, combining for 40 apps (10 starts).

                Helped his high school team to back-to-back state championships in 2011 and 2012.

 

MATTHEW VOGEL RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 25 - NO. 750 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-0/185 BORN 7/27/1995 SCHOOL Univ. of South Carolina HOMETOWN Medford, N.Y.

                Had a 3.86 ERA (7-IP, 3-ER) in 9 apps as a junior for South Carolina this season.

                Played for the Wilmington Sharks of the Coastal Plain League over the last two summers.

                Calls his brother, Christopher, his motivation for playing baseball…has a variation of the Superman logo as a tattoo on his chest, with a ‘C’ instead of the ‘S’…his brother was in a car accident in 2008 and has been in a wheelchair since.

                Previously selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 36th round of the 2013 June Draft.

 

JUSTIN GLOVER LEFT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 26 - NO. 780 OVERALL

B/T L/L HT/WT 6-1/190 BORN 7/17/1998 SCHOOL Buford (Ga.) HS HOMETOWN Buford, Ga.

                Went 10-0 with a 1.52 ERA and 94 SO as a high school senior en route to Region 8-AAAA Player honors.

                Is the second straight year the Rays have selected a player from Buford HS, following Joey Bart in 2015 (did not sign).

                Was a high school teammate of Angels 2nd-round pick Brandon Marsh (60th overall)…the pair helped Buford to a state championship last season and a return to the state title series this year.

                Committed to play college baseball at the University of Georgia.

 

ROBBIE TENEROWICZ SECOND BASEMAN

ROUND 27 - NO. 810 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-1/185 BORN 1/6/1995 SCHOOL Univ. of California HOMETOWN Moraga, Calif.

                Hit .299 (61-for-204) with 14 2B, 6 HR and 34 RBI in 53 games (all starts) as a junior this past season.

                Used as a defensive specialist early in his collegiate career…also played for the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod League last summer and the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League the previous summer.

                Previously selected by the Washington Nationals in the 39th round of the 2013 June Draft.

 

JEAN RAMIREZ CATCHER

ROUND 28 - NO. 840 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-0/210 BORN 4/27/1993 SCHOOL Illinois State Univ. HOMETOWN Ft. Worth, Texas

                Fifth-year senior hit .271 (55-for-203) with 11 2B, 6 HR and 27 RBI in 2016, his second season at Illinois State.

                Prior to Illinois State, was at Grayson CC for one season and the University of Arkansas for two (one redshirt).

                His father, Carlos, coaches at Cedar Valley College and is an associate scout for the Boston Red Sox.

 

TREK STEMP SECOND BASEMAN

ROUND 29 - NO. 870 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 5-10/175 BORN 7/20/1993 SCHOOL Washington State Univ. HOMETOWN Kennewick, Wash.

                Named first team All-Pac 12 as a redshirt junior, finishing the regular season among conference leaders in avg. (.355, 5th) and SB (12, T-2nd)…led the team in hits (65), runs (32), total bases (71, tied) and multi-hit games (17).

                Rejoined the program for the 2016 season after taking a year off from baseball.

                Former major leaguers to be drafted out of Washington State include John Olerud, Aaron Sele, Scott Hatteberg and former Rays pitcher Mark Hendrickson, who was drafted a record 6 times before signing.

 

KEA'VON EDWARDS SHORTSTOP

ROUND 30 - NO. 900 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-1/175 BORN 3/5/1998 SCHOOL Putnam City (Okla.) HS HOMETOWN Putnam City, Okla.

                Goes by "K.V"…named all-state by the Oklahoma Coaches Association following his high school senior season.

                Named to the Top Prospect List following the Perfect Game 2014 National Underclass Showcase in Fort Myers.

                Is the second player the Rays have ever selected from Putnam City HS, after Andrew Heaney in 2009 (did not sign).

                Committed to play college baseball at Coastal Carolina University.

 

JOEY ROACH CATCHER

ROUND 31 - NO. 930 OVERALL

B/T L/R HT/WT 5-11/200 BORN 8/27/1993 SCHOOL Georgia State University HOMETOWN Holly Springs, N.C.

                Was a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award honoring the nation’s top catcher in both 2015 and 2016…hit .325 (55-for-169) with 13 2B, 11 HR and 45 RBI as a senior, ranking among the Sun Belt’s top ten in all those categories.

                Was one of 10 finalists for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate baseball, which looks for notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition…winner has yet to be announced.

                Had a 3.89 GPA as an actuarial science major…is the only first-team Academic All-American in program history.

 

DEION TANSEL SHORTSTOP

ROUND 32 - NO. 960 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 5-8/155 BORN 6/4/1994 SCHOOL University of Toledo HOMETOWN Grand Rapids, OH

                Claimed MAC Defensive Player of the Year in both his junior and senior seasons (2015-16)…hit .327 (73-for-223) in 58 games (all starts) this season as finished his collegiate career ranked fourth in program history with 247 hits.

                Is the fifth drafted player in MLB Draft history named Deion…the first was outfielder Deion Sanders.

                Majored in multi-age education and was Academic All-MAC in 2015.

 

HAYDEN WESNESKI RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 33 - NO. 990 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-1/190 BORN 12/5/1997 SCHOOL Cypress-Fairbanks (Texas) HS HOMETOWN Cypress, Texas

                Went 8-0 with an 0.85 ERA (58-IP, 7-ER) and 74 SO as a senior and 5-3 with a 1.41 ERA as a junior.

                Also played quarterback on the Cypress-Fairbanks football team.

                Committed to play college baseball at Sam Houston State University.

 

BOBBY MELLEY FIRST BASEMAN

ROUND 34 - NO. 1020 OVERALL

B/T L/R HT/WT 6-3/230 BORN 4/10/1994 SCHOOL Univ. of Connecticut HOMETOWN Centerville, Mass.

                Hit .313 (72-for-230) with 16 2B, 11 HR and a team-high-tying 55 RBI in 60 games (all starts) as a senior captain.

                Arrived at UConn without a baseball scholarship and went on to start 225 consecutive games, snapped this season due to a stomach virus…his 290 hits, 60 doubles, 170 RBI and 132 walks all rank top ten in school history.

                Wears the initials A.R. on his cleats for Artie Rood, his former Little League coach who died from bile duct cancer in 2011.

                Other former selections from the University of Connecticut are Charles Nagy, George Springer and Nick Ahmed.

 

ALEX ESTRELLA LEFT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 35 - NO. 1050 OVERALL

B/T L/L HT/WT 5-11/170 BORN 9/12/1993 SCHOOL Univ. of New Mexico HOMETOWN Las Vegas, Nev.

                Fifth-year senior went 2-2 with a 2.96 ERA (27.1-IP, 9-ER) and 7 saves in 26 relief apps this past season.

                Missed the entire 2014 season due to an elbow injury…was a double major in economics and finance.

                Was a high school teammate of Rays farmhand Jake Hager at Sierra Vista HS in Las Vegas, Nev. …he was a first team all-state outfielder and a first team all-region pitcher there.

 

ANTHONY PARENTE RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 36 - NO. 1080 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-2/210 BORN 5/29/1994 SCHOOL Fullerton Coll. HOMETOWN Lakewood, Calif.

                Went 5-2 with a 4.73 ERA (66.2-IP, 35-ER) in 14 apps (13 starts) in 2016, his lone season with Fullerton.

                The season prior, he played in the same conference with Cypress and made 6 apps (3 starts).

 

RYAN ZEFERJAHN RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 37 - NO. 1110 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-4/190 BORN 2/29/1998 SCHOOL Seaman (Kan.) HS HOMETOWN Topeka, Kan.

                Ranked the No. 97 overall prospect in the draft by MLB.com and the No. 149 prospect by Baseball America.

                Lost a playoff start to Saint Thomas Aquinas HS opposite Riley Pint, who went No. 4 overall to the Rockies.

                Committed to play college baseball at the University of Kansas.

 

BRIAN McAFEE RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

ROUND 38 - NO. 1140 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-3/210 BORN 9/30/1992 SCHOOL Duke Univ. HOMETOWN Bothell, Wash.

                Ranked the No. 355 overall prospect in the draft by Baseball America.

                Went 7-5 with a 4.11 ERA (92-IP, 42-ER) in 14 apps (all starts) as a fifth-year senior at Duke, his only season there…was a graduate transfer from Cornell University after a medical redshirt granted an additional year of eligibility.

                Only made two starts with Cornell in 2014 before missing the remainder of the season due to injury.

 

JOSHUA MARTINEZ OUTFIELDER

ROUND 39 - NO. 1170 OVERALL

B/T L/L HT/WT 6-1/160 BORN 10/13/1998 SCHOOL Caguas Military Acad. (P.R.) HOMETOWN Caguas, PR

                Attended the 2015 Caribbean Top Prospect Showcase and 2014 Caribbean Underclass Showcase.

                Became the seventh player selected from Caguas Military Academy, all of them since 2011…was the first ever se­lected by the Rays.

 

ANDREW DASCHBACH FIRST BASEMAN

ROUND 40 - NO. 1200 OVERALL

B/T R/R HT/WT 6-3/215 BORN 10/22/1997 SCHOOL Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) HOMETOWN Atherton, Calif.

                Ranked the No. 490 overall prospect in the draft by Baseball America.

                Participated in the Area Code Games for two straight years and was a finalist in its 2015 HR Derby…lost to Blake Rutherford in the overtime round…Rutherford was the first round pick of the Yankees this year (18th overall).

                Also played football and basketball in high school and turned down several Division I offers to play both baseball and football at the collegiate level…committed to the University of Stanford.

 

 

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