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Draft report: LHP Burke to start Day 2


After taking Wichita St. 1B Casey Gillaspie with the No. 20 pick on Thursday, then following up with two right-handed pitchers, Cameron Varga (Cincinnati Christian Academy) and Brent Honeywell (Walters State Community College), the Rays are set for day two of the annual selection meeting.

We will provide an updated list here as they go through rounds 3-10:

3. LHP Brock Burke, Evergreen HS, Colo.
Burke is a University of Oregon commit who had a 19-strikeout game earlier this season.

4. RHP Blake Bivens, Geo Washington HS, Va.
Per Bivens has skyrocketed up Draft boards within the last year after showing much more consistent velocity and an incredible curveball. Bivens will sit 90-92 mph with his fastball, touching 93, with very good tailing action at lower velocities. Many already consider his curveball a plus pitch and a difference-maker at the next level due to its tight rotation and late, downward movement. Bivens has been able to get by in high school without a changeup and will need to add one in order to remain a starter in pro ball. Bivens is a very advanced pitcher for his age and has shown an impressive feel for pitching, but needs to improve his command as he moves forward.

5. SS Michael Russell, Univ. of North Carolina
From Russell is the quintessential scrappy college shortstop. None of his tools grade as better than average, but scouts love the way he plays the game and think his work ethic and versatility could translate into a big league role as a utilityman. Though Russell didn't perform well with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer, he rebounded with a strong spring. He has a short, quick right-handed stroke and does a fine job of controlling the strike zone. He has more pop than most middle infielders and can hit mistakes out of the park. With average quickness and fringy range, Russell won't be an everyday shortstop at the next level. But he has enough athleticism, instincts and arm to play almost anywhere on the diamond. If he's going to become a regular, it would be at second base.

6. C Mac James, Univ. of Oklahoma

7. RHP Mike Franco, Fla. International

8. 3B Daniel Miles. Tennessee Tech

9. RHP Chris Pike, Oklahoma City Univ.





[Last modified: Friday, June 6, 2014 6:22pm]


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