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Rays draft: Live blog

Update 9:44p.m The Rays second pick, at No. 31 is coming up soon with Angels on the clock.

Update 8:40 p.m The Rays picked OF Josh Sale from Bishop Blanchet HS in Seattle with the No. 17 pick. They have two more selections (31 and 42).

Update 8:33 p.m. The Rays are now on the clock. 3B Zack Cox and OF Josh Sale, two of Baseball America's top 10 ranked prospects, are still available.

Update 8:26 p.m. The Cubs are on the clock, with the Rays on deck, so their first pick should be coming within the next 10 minutes. OF Josh Sale, whom the Rays reportedly have interest in, is still on the board.

Update 8:10 p.m. So much for the mock drafts. The Reds just selected Miami C Yasmani Grandal, a player that Baseball America predicted the Rays would get at No. 17.

Grandal was the ACC Player of the Year.

Update 7:49 p.m. Another player the Rays were rumored to have interest in, Delino DeShields Jr, has just been selected at No. 8 by the Astros.

DeShields, a very athletic centerfielder, is the son of former big leaguer Delino DeShields. He was the 55th ranked overall prospect by Baseball America.

Update 7:28 p.m. With the fourth pick, the Royals selected Cal State Fullerton SS Christian Colon, a player ESPN's Keith Law predicted had a chance to fall to the Rays at No. 17.

Colon, the ninth-ranked prospect by Baseball America, led the Big West in homers.

Update 7:10 p.m. As expected, the Nationals selected much-hyped catching prospect Bryce Harper, giving them potential franchise-changing top picks in consecutive years (the 2009 top pick, RHP Stephen Strasburg, will make his major league debut tommorrow).

What was interesting, however, is that Harper was introduced as an outfielder, which he can also play, one option the Nationals can use to develop him and get him to the big leagues quicker.

Developing: The 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft will begin shortly (at 7 p.m. on MLB Network), and the Rays are preparing for what will be a busy evening.

For the first time in team history, the Rays have two first round picks, and three of the first 42 selections (all of which will be made tonight).

They'll have their original pick, at No. 17, and were awarded No. 31 as compensation for not signing 2009 first-round pick LeVon Washington. They were awarded No. 42 as compensation for not re-signing free agent catcher Gregg Zaun.

We'll keep you posted as the draft goes on, with updates on the Rays picks and comments from Rays scouting director R.J. Harrison and executive VP Andrew Friedman.

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 12:15am]

    

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