Mark June 6 down as one of the most important days in the history of the Tampa Bay Rays franchise. The team plays at Anaheim that day, but the more significant news will be happening in New Jersey (and in the offices at Tropicana Field) as the MLB draft gets underway.
MLB released the official order on Thursday, and the Rays - as the payback for all the free agents they lost - have 10 of the first 60 picks. The first round and compensation round are held the first day, starting at 7 p.m. with coverage on MLB Network. Teh draft resumes June 7 with round 2, and will be completed on June 8 when teams either get to round 50 or pass.
Here is the rundown:
No. 24. (from the Red Sox for Carl Crawford
No. 31 (form the Yankees for Rafael Soriano)
No. 32 (their original pick)
No. 38 (for Soriano)
No. 41 (for Crawford)
No. 42 (for Grant Balfour, who signed with Oakland)
No. 52 (for Brad Hawpe, who signed with San Diego)
No. 56 (for Joaquin Benoit, who signed with Detroit)
No. 59 (for Randy Choate, who signed with Florida)
No. 60 (for Chad Qualls, who signed with San Diego)
Also, the Rays have two picks in the second round, for 12 of the first 89 total.
No. 75 (from the A's for Balfour)
No. 89 (their original pick)