Draft night report: Picking 21st and 29th
Rays officials are ready for the 7 p.m. start of the draft, which they consider incredibly important in their efforts to acquire the talent to be competitive.
The Rays have two first round picks, the 21st, which they earned based on last year's record, and the 29th, which they received as compensation for the loss of free agent B.J. Upton.
Based on the schedule, they should be picking at around 8:50 and 9:30.
They also will have the 60th pick tonight, which should take place at around 10:45.
With the Rays picking that far down, there is no certainly about who they will take.
Based on the latest mock drafts of several experts, some names to watch are C Nick Ciuffo. from Lexington High in South Carolina; OF Josh Hart, from Parkview High in Lilburn, Ga.; SS Hunter Dozier from Stephen F. Austin State.
Also mentioned in connection with the Rays are SS Tim Anderson of East Central (Miss.) CC, LHP Cody Reed of Northwest Mississippi CC, and RHP Phil Bickford, from California's Oaks Christian High.