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Tampa Bay Rays sign 14 draft picks, topped by 8th-rounder Nommensen



While negotiations with their top picks appear to be in the early stages, the Rays today announced the signing of 14 selections from last week’s first-year player draft:

8th round CF Brett Nommensen, Eastern Illinois;
12th round RHP Andrew Bellatti, Steel Canyon HS, CA;
13th round RHP Hunter Hill, Howard College, TX;
14th round RHP Zachary Quate, Appalachian State;
16th round 2B Tyler Bortnick, Coastal Carolina Univ;
22nd round LHP Jake Sullivan, Univ of Arkansas-Little Rock;
26th round SS Daniel Rhault, Univ of Rhode Island;
29th round LF Gabe Cohen, UCLA;
31st round LHP Aaron Dott, Univ of Wisconsin-Whitewater;
34th round SS Kyle Spraker, Loyola Marymount;
39th round LHP Daniel April, Mercer Univ;
42nd round 3B Bennett Davis, Elon;
47th round OF Jason Patton, Kent State;
50th round C David Wendt, Dowling College.

As for some top early-round updates:

Rays second-round pick, SS Kenny Diekroeger (Menlo HS, Calif), a Stanford commitment, has yet to begin negotiations with the Rays, but plans to meet with them in Tampa in a couple weeks. Diekroeger said he has a good relationship with area scout Brian Morrison and is excited about possibly going to a “great organization,” but admits it’ll be a tough decision. “It’s Stanford,” he said. “It’s got a tremendous baseball team, and at this time last year, I was really set on going there. I didn’t think the draft would be an option. But I have a tremendous option in professional baseball (now)..I've got two great options, and can't go wrong either way."

Third-round pick CF Todd Glaesmann ( Midland HS, Tex), a Texas A&M commitment, said his advisor plans to chat with the Rays at the end of this week. “It’ll probably take a little while, they understand I have a strong commitment to A&M,” he said. “But I think we’re going to try to get something done so I can start my career playing toward the major leagues.” Glaesmann loves A&M, where his father, Ronnie, attended, and his younger brother, Clint, will be a junior this year, but he appears open to signing. “If we can get it worked out, (the Rays) want to get me to a rookie ball club as soon as possible so I can get some at-bats this summer,” Glaesmann said.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:47am]


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