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Baseball America looks at Rays draft picks

Sale Here's what Baseball America (via Sports Illustrated) had to say about the players the Rays selected in Tuesday's portion of the MLB draft. If you want to read Baseball America/SI's breakdown of every teams' picks on Tuesday, you can do so by clicking here.

As far as the Rays, here's Baseball America's take, starting with Josh Sale (seen to the right in the photo).

No. 17 pick Josh Sale, a 3B/OF from Bishop Blanchet High in Washington:
Sale is a strong and compact left-handed hitter who out-hit Bryce Harper in BP at last year's Aflac All-America game. He may catch, but will probably man either left field or first base. Sale loves to hit the fastball, but will need to learn to hit the curve in the minors. If so, he will provide impressive power for the Rays.

No. 31 pick Justin O'Conner, a catcher from Cowen High in Indiana:
O'Conner has dabbled at almost every position on the diamond, but the Rays will convert him to a backstop. He showed promise but was overshadowed often on the summer showcase circuit last year by bigger-name players. At that time, he showed promise but no one single big tool. This spring, O'Conner developed rapidly, flashing power, arm strength and versatility. He profiles as the rare catcher who can hit, hit for power, throw and run well.

No. 42 pick Drew Vettleson, an outfielder/RHP from Central Kitsap School in Washington:
Tampa's selection of Vettleson is a bit of a reach. He has a fine arm and strong build but does not run well and does not easily fit any one position. His bat shows power but his swing is unusually long on the back end, raising questions about his ability to make consistent contact. Vettleson has dabbled with the gimmick of switch-pitching, but will ditch that as a pro.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 8, 2010 3:17pm]


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