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Rays take CF Ryan Boldt with 53rd pick

With the 53rd overall pick in the draft, the Rays selected center fielder Ryan Boldt from Nebraska.

Boldt, 6-2, 212 pounds, batted .344 during his junior season with 24 multi-hit games. He led the Cornhuskers in runs scored in all three of his seasons.

Boldt was the 61st prospect by MLB.com. This is what MLB.com had to say about Boldt:

"One of the best high school position prospects in the 2013 Draft, Boldt saw his chances of going in the first round disappear when he tore the meniscus in his right knee in a season-opening doubleheader. The Red Sox made a serious run at him after selecting him in the 22nd round, but they couldn't divert him from attending Nebraska. Boldt continues to draw comparisons to Cornhuskers coach Darin Erstad, the No. 1 overall pick in 1995.

Boldt does a nice job of controlling the strike zone and using the opposite field. He has the bat speed and strength to provide average power and shows it during batting practice, though his current approach is geared more to line-drive contact. Boldt has solid speed but isn't as quick as he was in high school, when he set a U.S. national 18-and-under team record with five steals in one game.

Though he has lost a step, Boldt gets the job done in center field and exhibits good jumps and routes on fly balls. He has a decent arm and makes accurate throws."

[Last modified: Friday, June 10, 2016 12:16am]

    

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