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Rays second round pick, SS Derek Dietrich in town, ready to start pro career



Rays second-round draft pick Derek Dietrich is at Tropicana Field today, saying a deal could be finalized today, and he's ready to report this weekend to start his professional career in Hudson Valley.


It's been a whirlwind week for Dietrich, a Georgia Tech junior who's college career ended Monday night, and was chosen 79th overall on Tuesday.

"It's been pretty exciting, pretty hectic," Dietrich said. "I'm excited, can't wait to get ready and go out and play for the Tampa Bay Rays."

Dietrich said he's heard great things about the organization from friend OF Matt Joyce, who he shares an agent with.

One of the Rays first round picks, C Justin O'Conner, is expected to be here tommorrow.

[Last modified: Saturday, July 10, 2010 12:15am]


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