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Day 1 picks for Rays in 2013 MLB draft

Arkansas’ Ryne Stanek has a mid 90s fastball that might have the potential to go higher with some changes in mechanics.

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Arkansas’ Ryne Stanek has a mid 90s fastball that might have the potential to go higher with some changes in mechanics.

First round (No. 21 overall)

Nick Ciuffo

Position: CatcherHeight/weight: 6-1; 205

Bats/throws: Left; rightSchool: Lexington (S.C) High

Details: Pronounced SHOO-fo. … Hit .468 with five homers and 33 RBIs and a .562 on-base percentage, leading school to state title and earning Gatorade South Carolina player of the year honor. … In 123 career high school games, hit .401 with 11 home runs and 93 RBIs. … Has a scholarship offer from South Carolina. … Known for personality and high-energy style. … Per Baseball America: "He is a good receiver with a strong arm and quick release. He plays with energy and has matured into a leader on the field for a nationally ranked team. He projects to hit for at least average power and draws comparisons to (Rangers catcher) A.J. Pierzynski for his tools and competitive edge. He committed to South Carolina before recording a varsity at-bat and has excellent baseball aptitude."

Supplemental first round (No. 29 overall)

Ryne Stanek

Position: Right-handed pitcherHeight/weight: 6-4; 190

Bats/throws: Right; rightSchool: University of Arkansas

Details: Was 10-2 with a 1.39 ERA for the Razorbacks, with 79 strikeouts in 97⅓ innings in 2013. … Reaches 97 mph with his fastball. … Named after Cubs great Ryne Sandberg but grew up a Cardinals fan. … Turned down Mariners out of Blue Valley High in Stilwell, Kan., to attend Arkansas. … Per Baseball America: "His fastball ranges from 92-98 mph, with long levers and twitchy athleticism that help him generate arm speed. … A tweak here or there could unlock Stanek's frontline potential, but other scouts see him as a future closer or setup man in the Daniel Bard mode."

Second round (No. 60 overall)

Riley Unroe

Position: ShortstopHeight/weight: 6-0; 175

Bats/throws: Both; rightSchool: Desert Ridge (Mesa, Ariz.) High

Details: Hit .553 with 10 homers and 59 RBIs. … Has a scholarship offer from Southern Cal, and Baseball America says it "likely will take a seven-figure bonus" to sign him. … Versatile enough to play second base or centerfield. … His father, Tim, played briefly in majors for Brewers, Angels (when Joe Maddon was bench coach) and Braves. … Per Baseball America, "He has soft hands and a strong arm and is a heady player who is always in the right position."

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Day 1 picks for Rays in 2013 MLB draft 06/06/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 7, 2013 12:29am]
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