Afternoon draft update
One more quick look at what the experts are saying before the real thing begins at 7 p.m., on MLB Network
Here's the latest from ESPN's Keith Law:
No. 17: Christian Colon, SS, Cal State Fullerton. I could see (Arkansas 3B) Zack Cox going here, with the Rays just playing hardball with the pick as they did last year with Levon Washington; Cox is asking for a lot of money, but he'll get less as a 22-year-old in next year's stacked draft class. I've also heard they have interest in (Wash prep OF) Josh Sale.
No. 31: Michael Kvasnicka, C, Minnesota. This pick is unprotected and the Rays will want a player who's certain to sign here. I've also heard )Drew) Vettleson.
Baseball America's Jim Callis still has the Rays taking Miami C Yasmani Grandal with the 17th pick and Georgia Tech SS Derek Dietrich.
His earlier post:
17. RAYS. Tampa Bay doesn't lack for much in the way of talent, but it does need a catcher. The Rays may not want to haggle with Grandal, but he would fill a need and he will go somewhere in the first round. They'd have interest in DeShields, Josh Sale and Skole, with Alabama's Reggie Golden possibly the next high school outfielder on their list.
PROJECTED PICK: Yasmani Grandal.
31. RAYS. As with No. 15, this bonus pick for failing to sign a first-rounder last year won't draw compensation if the Rays don't sign this year's pick. So Tampa Bay figures to take a player it knows it can sign, such as Bettis, Dietrich, Gyorko, Jenkins or Minnesota catcher/outfielder Mike Kvasnicka, who's no longer generating early first-round buzz. The Rays also could cut a discount deal with Canadian high school catcher Kellin Deglan or California prep outfielder Michael Lorenzen.
PROJECTED PICK: Derek Dietrich.