Draft daze — the 1s
With the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's draft, the Rays have a chance to add another impact player. What they've done with their first pick in the previous 12 drafts:
Year, RD./Pick, Player, POS., For Rays, Status
1996, 1/29, Paul Wilder, OF, Minors only, Out of baseball
1997, 1/31, Jason Standridge, RHP, 0-5, 6.38 ERA, 21 G, Pitching in Japan
1998, 4/132, Josh Pressley, 1B, Minors only, Playing in independent league
1999, 1/1, Josh Hamilton, OF, Minors only, Drafted, Rangers starter
2000, 1/6, Rocco Baldelli, OF, .282, 48 HR, 419 G, 60-day disabled list
2001, 1/3, Dewon Brazelton, RHP, 8-23, 5.98, 54 G, Traded, out of baseball
2002, 1/2, B.J. Upton, SS, .285, 32 HR, 276 G, Rays starter in OF
2003, 1/1, Delmon Young, OF, .293 in 192 G, Traded, Twins starter
2004, 1 /4, Jeff Niemann, RHP, 1-1, 5.79 2 G, Triple-A Durham
2005, 1/8, Wade Townsend, RHP, Minors only, Class A Vero Beach
2006, 1/3, Evan Longoria, 3B, .252, 7 HR 45 G, Rays starter
2007, 1/1, David Price, LHP, Minors only, Class A Vero Beach
Got a minute? | Scott Kazmir
Best meal you make?
Spaghetti — mom's recipe.
Guilty pleasure at the mall?
Hmm … Cinnabon.
Band you'd like to be on stage with?
Whose autograph would you pay for?
Muhammad Ali, definitely.
Where's that Maxim Hot 100? (Opening the magazine to a familiar page …) Right there, Elisha Cuthbert (right). She's unbelievable. (And No. 6)
ESPN.com's Keith Law says the Rays are down to FSU C Buster Posey and Georgia high school SS Tim Beckham for the top pick in Thursday's draft, and he has them taking Posey. … Baseball America's updated rankings have Beckham No. 1 and the Rays taking him. … So does mlbdraft
source.wordpress.com. … MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo's mock draft has the Rays taking Beckham but on a blog says they "narrowed their choice" to Posey and Vanderbilt 3B Pedro Alvarez, with the (odd) idea that 3B Evan Longoria moves to second.
So if there is ever a playoff game at the Trop, will it sell out without a free postgame concert? … Mets star Pedro Martinez raved after seeing LHP David Price, saying the 22-year-old was "amazing," approached hitters "like a big-leaguer" and "seems far superior" to Martinez at that age. … Equipment manager Chris Westmoreland's nephew, Rhode Island prep star Ryan, is projected as a high-round draft pick. … Disgusted with their team, the MetsGeek.com bloggers "adopted" the Rays and rechristened themselves RaysGeek. … White Sox officials, who do things like sell the starting times of their games to 7-11, weren't happy with the Rays for starting Saturday's game at 6:10 (and thus inside Fox's national window), forcing their TV coverage to join the game in progress. … ESPN's Buster Olney says the Rays are "for real," are "not going away" and "if you told me that at year's end they finished with a better record than any team other than Boston, I wouldn't be shocked." … A June 15 fashion show at the International Plaza Nordstrom benefits the team charity foundation and the Children's Dream Fund.
Draft daze —
the current ones
The rounds the current players were drafted:
Rocco Baldelli* 2000
Cliff Floyd 1991
Matt Garza 2005
Gabe Gross 2001
J.P. Howell 2004
Scott Kazmir 2002
Evan Longoria 2006
Trever Miller 1991
Carlos Pena 1998
B.J. Upton 2002
Carl Crawford 1999
Edwin Jackson 2001
Troy Percival* 1990
Jason Hammel 2002
Jason Bartlett 2001
Chad Orvella* 2003
Andy Sonnanstine 2004
Gary Glover 1994
James Shields 2000
Eric Hinske 1998
Jonny Gomes 2001
Shawn Riggans 2000
Dan Wheeler 1996
Not drafted: Willy Aybar, Grant Balfour, Akinori Iwamura, Dioner Navarro, Al Reyes
* Disabled list
2005, a draft odyssey
It's not clear exactly what happened with their No. 8 overall pick, but the story is that some Rays officials wanted to draft Craig Hansen, a reliever with hefty bonus demands, and ownership said no. The Rays instead took RHP Wade Townsend, whose career has been stalled by injuries. Among those drafted later: OFs Cameron Maybin, Andrew McCutchen and Jay Bruce, and RHP Matt Garza.