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On second day of draft, Rays take eight pitchers

ST. PETERSBURG — After selecting three left-handed hitting position players Thursday during Day 1 of the baseball draft, the Rays went with pitching Friday.

All pitching.

The Rays used all eight of their picks from rounds three to 10 on pitchers — three out of high schools and the rest from colleges.

"There were (eight) pitchers that we really liked when our time came to call," Rays scouting director Rob Metzler said. "We're excited. We thought we added some pitchers with starter profiles, with size, good clean arms and we're excited to put them in the system and see what happens."

Six of the pitchers stand 6 feet 3 or taller.

The Rays took right-hander Austin Franklin from Paxton (Fla.) High in the third round. Franklin is 6-3, 215, and hits 95 mph on his fastball.

In the fourth round, the Rays went with right-hander Easton McGee from Hopkinsville (Ky.) High. McGee is 6-7, 220, and throws his fastball at 93.

Mickey York, son of former big-league pitcher Mike York, was taken in the fifth round. The right-hander from the College of Southern Nevada is 6-2, 190, and throws his fastball at 95.

Zack Tragetz, a right-hander from Faith Lutheran High in Las Vegas, was 6-1 with a 1.71 ERA this season. The 6-3, 210 Tragetz also played first base, batting .444 with 32 RBI.

In the seventh round, the Rays selected right-hander J.D. Busfield out of Loyola Marymount University. He is 6-7, 230, and throws a 95 mph fastball.

Lefty Kenneth Rosenberg from Cal State Northridge was the eighth-round pick. He was 6-1 last season and held hitters to a .198 batting average.

In the night round, the Rays went with Peter Bayer, a 6-4, 195-pound righty from Cal Poly Pumona.

Spender Jones, a right-hander from the University of Washington with a 93 mph fastball, was the last pick of the day for the Rays. As a reliever, the 6-5, 205-pound Jones was 6-1.

The draft ends today with rounds 11-40.

On second day of draft, Rays take eight pitchers 06/10/16 [Last modified: Friday, June 10, 2016 9:51pm]
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