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Draft review: 2008-12

Of the 253 players the Rays drafted and the 167 they signed over the last five years, none have played in their majors for them. Here is a look at where their top 10 round picks are from each year, with comments from Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis:

(Key: c is college pick; h is high school; Durham is AAA, Montgomery AA, Charlotte advanced Class A, Bowling Green Class A, Hudson Valley short-season Class A, Princeton rookie-level, GCL Gulf Coast League rookie level)

Rd.  2008

1) INF Tim Beckham-h           Hitting .278 in 3rd season at Durham
2) LHP Kyle Lobstein-h           Rule 5 draftee, traded to DET (for ml C Curt Casali)
3) C Jake Jefferies-c              Traded to MIA (for Burke Badenhop), now at AAA
4) OF Ty Morrison-h               Reached AA, on DL with elbow injury
5) 1B Michael Sheridan-c        Independent league; had reached AA, released 2013
6) RHP Shane Dyer-c             Class A with Reds; released by Rays 2012    
7) OF Jason Corder-c             Out of baseball; released by Rays 2010
8) 2B Anthony Scelfo-c           Out of baseball; released by Rays 2012
9) LHP Shawn Smith -h           Independent league; released by Rays 2011
10) 2B Matthew Hall-h            Out of baseball; retired 2012

Callis’ comment: “If your 2008 draft is any good you should have guys in the big leagues by now, and the thing is they had the No. 1 overall pick in 2008.’’

Rd. 2009

1) 2B LeVon Washington-h       Did not sign; Rays got comp pick (Justin O'Conner)
2) SS Kenny Diekroeger-h        Did not sign; Rays got comp pick (Derek Dietrich)
3) OF Todd Glaesmann-h         ‘12 Player of Year, hitting .217 at Montgomery
4) C Lucas Bailey-h                  Hitting .194 at Charlotte
5) 1B Jeff Malm-h                    Hitting .212 at Charlotte
6) RHP Devin Fuller-c               Out of baseball; released by Rays 2010
7) OF Cody Rogers-c                Drug-test suspension, on restricted list; reached Class A
8) OF Brett Nommensen-c         Released by Rays 2013; had reached AA
9) LHP Kevin James-h              Released by Rays 2013
SS Derek Dennis-h                   Did not sign

Callis’ comment: “I don’t know what happened, but they screwed that up because you can’t not sign your first two picks.’’

Rd. 2010

1) OF Josh Sale-h                    Suspended for 2nd time (conduct, drugs)
1s) C Justin O’Conner-h            Hitting .235 at Bowling Green
1s) OF Drew Vettleson-h            Hitting .253 at Charlotte
2) RHP Jacob Thompson-c         5-5, 5.28 in 2nd season at Montgomery
2s) INF Derek Dietrich-c            Traded to MIA (for Yunel Escobar), in majors
3) INF Ryan Brett-h                   Drug suspension, now hitting .268 at Charlotte
4) RHP Austin Wood-c               Did not sign
5) RHP Ian Kendall-h                1-0, 6.21 at Hudson Valley in ‘12
6) RHP Jesse Hahn-c                 0-1, 0.75, All-Star at Charlotte
7) OF Michael Lorenzen-h          Did not sign
8) RHP Merrill Kelly-c                 4-5, 3.62 at Montgomery
9) C Jake DePew-h                    Hitting .212 at Charlotte
10) OF Deshun Dixon-h             Drug suspension, released by Rays 2012

Callis’ comment: “They had a bunch of extra picks and they kind of misfired; Josh Sale has been a disaster.’’

Rd.  2011
1) RHP Taylor Guerreri -h          3-2, 3.14, All-Star at Bowling Green
1) OF Mike Mahtook-c              Hitting .240 at Montgomery
1) SS Jake Hager-h                  Hitting .284, All-Star at Charlotte
1s) SS Brandon Martin-h           Hitting .267 at Bowling Green
1s) 3B Tyler Goeddel-h             Hitting .220, All-Star at Bowling Green
1s) RHP Jeff Ames-c                 5-1, 2.75, All-Star at Bowling Green
1s) LHP Blake Snell-h               1-4, 3.82 at Bowling Green
1s) OF Kes Carter-c                  Hitting .247 at Charlotte
1s) LHP Grayson Garvin-c          On DL at Charlotte; 2-4, 5.05 in ‘12
1s) OF James Harris-h              Hit .182 at Princeton in ‘12
2) OF Granden Goetzman-h       Hitting .153 at Bowling Green
2) RHP Lenny Linsky -c             1-2, 2.40 at Charlotte
3) SS Johnny Eierman-h            Hit .231 in GCL in ‘12
4) 3B Ricco Torrez-c                  Hitting .224 at Montgomery
5) 3B Jonathan Davis-h             Did not sign
6) RHP Jake Floethe-c               4-4, 4.21 at Charlotte/Montg.
7) LHP Ryan Carpenter-c            4-3, 3.55, All-Star at Charlotte
8) 1B John Alexander-h             Hit .230 at Princeton in ‘12
9) C Matt Rice-c                        Retired 2012; hit .301 at Bowling Green
10) RHP Jacob Faria-h               3-4, 5.14 at Princeton in ‘12

Callis’ comment: “Looks promising, but I’d also say any draft where you have 12 picks in the first two rounds should look promising two years later.’’

Rd. 2012
1) 3B Richie Shaffer-c             Hitting .250 at Charlotte
2) SS Spencer Edwards-h         Hit .188 at GCL in ‘12
3) CF Andrew Toles-c              Hitting .317, All-Star at Bowling Green
4) RHP Nolan Gannon-h           Was 2-2, 3.00 at GCL in ‘12
5) CF Bralin Jackson-h            Hit .253 in GCL in ‘12
6) RHP Damion Carroll-h         Was 1-0, 2.33 in GCL in ‘12
7) OF Marty Gantt-c                Hitting .304 at Bowling Green
8) C Luke Maile-c                   Hitting .259, All-Star at Bowling Green
9) OF Joey Rickard-c               Hitting .238 at Bowling Green
10 LHP Sean Bierman-c            2-2, 1.62 at Bowling Green

Callis’ comment: “Shaffer was one of the better college bats in the draft and sticks out in a system that needs hitters. After him are guys with high ceilings who will need time to develop.’’

Compiled by Marc Topkin from,,, and help from the Rays media relations staff.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 6, 2013 7:54am]


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