Rays first pick; OF Josh Sale
Updated 10:29 p.m. Josh Sale said he was "excited" and "extremely grateful" the Rays selected him, and it seems as though he's leaning toward starting his professional career.
"I don't have a definite answer, but I don't see myself going to school,' Sale said. "Right now, I'm just thankful for the Tampa Bay Rays investing in me and I'm extremely happy that they did. It's been a non-stop celebration."
Developing: The Tampa Bay Rays picked OF Josh Sale with the 17th selection of the draft.
Sale (pronounced SAW-LAY) played for Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle, and was ranked the 10th overall prospect by Baseball America, which projects him as a .280 hitter with 30 HR power.
Sale, who hits left-handed and throws right, and is 6-1, 205 pounds. The Gonzaga commitment posted a .460 average with 13 homers and 49 RBI in 2009.
The pick earned some good reviews from the MLB panel of analysts, with former big leaguer Harold Reynolds saying, "I love his makeup, his personality." Reynolds suggests that Sale, who has played catcher before, "may be a guy you see move behind the plate before it is all said and done."
Former MLB GM John Hart said "this is a very good Tampa pick." "They're not afraid to go for high school upside players. With Sale, they got the big power."
Stay tuned as we should be hearing from Sale in the next hour.