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Rays Day 1 draft picks

Rays' picks

Rd/No. Player, Position School B/T Ht./Wt. Age

1/1 Tim Beckham, SS Griffin (Ga.) High R/R 6-1½ / 192 18

The scoop: A five-tool player with the upside of being a big-league superstar.

2/47 Kyle Lobstein, LHP Coconino (Ariz.) High L/L 6-3 / 200 18

The scoop: Big lefty was 6-2 with a 1.32 ERA; considered a "stronger Chuck Finley" type.

3/78 Jake Jefferies, C UC-Davis L/R 6-2 / 200 20

The scoop: Contact hitter (11 strikeouts in 248 at-bats) was a solid receiver with "fringy" arm.

4/113 Ty Morrison, CF Tigard (Ore.) High L/R 6-2 / 170 17

The scoop: Speed player who needs to develop bat; ranked 179th overall by Baseball America.

5/143 Mike Sheridan, 1B William & Mary L/L 6-2 / 215 20

The scoop: Hit .423 with 72 RBIs in 56 games; struck out only 11 times in 227 at-bats.

6/173 Shane Dyer, rhpSouth Mountain (Ariz.) CC R/R/ 6-3 / 185 20

The scoop: Nebraska signee was 6-5 with a 3.05 ERA; was 24th-round pick by Colorado in 2006.

Compiled by Marc Topkin with information from Baseball America and mlb.com.

Rays Day 1 draft picks 06/05/08 [Last modified: Thursday, June 5, 2008 10:40pm]
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