Rays draft: Day Two
Update 9:24 p.m. The Rays were very happy again with how the draft has gone through two days - and 30 rounds - with scouting director R.J. Harrison saying the haul was "well above average, in our estimation."
“We couldn’t have drawn it up any better," executive VP Andrew Friedman said. "“We felt like what we were able to accomplish in the last two days in terms of the depth and different types of players that we were able to add to our system is something that I think — in three, four, five years — we’re going to look back on this draft very fondly."
They pointed to second-round pick, Long Beach State JR Jacob Thompson, a hard-throwing starter whom Friedman says "we feel like he's got a chance to move through the system pretty quickly."
The two other interesting picks with the nex two, Georgia Tech junior SS Derek Dietrich and Highline High SS Ryan Brett, who projects at second base.
Update 1:16 p.m. The Rays selected shortstops with their next two picks, with Georgia Tech junior Derek Dietrich and Highline High (Washington) SS Ryan Brett.
Brett, at 5-9, 180 pounds "could be a real steal," according to mlb.com's scouting report," stating the switch-hitter is a scrappy leadoff type with excellent hitting skills from both sides of the plate. They say he could be an above average defender if he moves to second.
Update 1:10 p.m. The Rays began Day Two of the draft by picking RHP Jacob Thompson, a junior from Cal State Long Beach at No. 66. Here's the scouting report from mlb.com
"Thompson's name was moving up Draft boards over the course of the spring as an intriguing college right-hander who appeared to figure some things out. Having left high school a year early, he's still very young, but the maturing process may have started in earnest this season. He shows the ability to throw three pitches for strikes and maintain his stuff and velocity deep into his starts. Even if the changeup doesn't completely come around, he could be a very good short relief option with his fastball-slider combination."
Developing: The Rays, having completed what they felt was a successful first day of the draft Monday night, still have some work to do today as the draft resumes at noon.
Tampa Bay boasts the 66th, 79th and 98th selections, and a total of 53 picks, their most since before the draft was restricted to 50 rounds in 1998. The only other teams with as many selections in the first 100 are the Jays (eight) and the Angels (six).
With the Rays selecting three high school position players on Monday, including slugging outfielder Josh Sale at No. 17, it'll be interesting to see if they focus a little more on pitching on day two. Though they have a lot of depth at pitching in their minor league system, executive VP Andrew Friedman has said, "you can never have enough pitching."
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We will keep you posted later in the day with updates, as well as comments from Friedman and Rays scouting director R.J. Harrison.