Rays preparing for everything as draft approaches
With a week to go until the start of baseball's draft, Rays scouts and officials are convening in St. Petersburg feeling they are extremely well prepared for anything that could happen before they make the 20th pick while admitting there is no way to know what will.
"We have some idea what might be there," scouting director R.J. Harrison said, "but … it's unpredictable and our experience has been over the last few years that the best thing you can do is just be prepared as well as you can and react when the time comes."
Harrison said the draft class is solid overall, probably deeper in high school pitchers than position players, with "a pretty good crop" of college pitchers and some college position players "that we're fairly intrigued by."
The Rays lined their draft board up Wednesday and now will work on adjusting and anticipating what the teams ahead of them may do starting June 5, which, as they've learned in recent years, can be surprising.
"There's been situations where things have blown up right ahead of you and then there's situations where guys are coming down to you that you didn't think were going to be there," Harrison said. "You try to prepare yourself for everything and just be ready, and that process is getting ready to start now."
After picking 20, the Rays next selections are 60, 72, 96 and 127. The draft continues for 40 rounds and three days.