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Rating the draft, thus far

They have been professionals for nearly two months. Some have made the adjustment with few problems, others have had a tougher time.

Of the Devil Rays' top 10 picks in the June draft, seven are playing for Princeton or Hudson Valley in the short-season rookie leagues. Fourth-round pick Alex Santos, sixth-rounder Eric Henderson and eighth-rounder Ryan Gloger have not signed.

Here's a look at how the draft picks are doing as their first season draws to a close:

Josh Hamilton was the much-publicized first overall pick, and he is showing why in Princeton of the Appalachian League. Hamilton, a power-hitting left-handed outfielder, is hitting .351 in 49 games through Monday. He leads the team in runs (46), hits (72), doubles (16), steals (18) and RBI (41).

"He's done a great job so far," Princeton manager Bobby Ramos said. "He's got a bright future."

Second-round pick Carl Crawford, an outfielder from Houston's Jefferson Davis High, is doing well in Princeton. Crawford is hitting .298 in 44 games. A versatile hitter, Crawford has 11 doubles and nine steals.

Third-round pick Doug Waechter, a former Northeast High pitcher, is going through a tough adjustment. He has appeared in seven games, started four, and is 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA. In 21 innings, he has given up 27 hits, walked 22 and struck out 23.

Fifth-rounder Seth McClung, a RHP from Greenbrier East High in Lewisburg, W.Va., is 2-3 with a 6.68 ERA for Princeton. McClung has appeared in nine games and started seven.

Seventh-rounder Andrew Beinbrink plays for Hudson Valley, a step up from Princeton. A third baseman from Arizona State, Beinbrink is hitting .314 with a team-high 16 doubles in 51 games. He also has a team-high 36 RBI.

Ninth-rounder Dan Ortiz and 10th-rounder Nathan Cromer are playing for Princeton. Cromer's twin, Jason, was an 11th-round pick and is also in Princeton.

Ortiz is splitting time with Israel Osorio at first base and is hitting just .143 in 29 games. Nathan Cromer is 0-3 with a 9.55 ERA. Jason Cromer is 1-2 with a 9.15 ERA.

Gloger, a hard-throwing lefty from Tampa Jesuit, is with the U.S. Junior National team in Taiwan. He has not signed with the Devil Rays and is expected to attend Stanford this fall.

DURHAM: First baseman Steve Cox was named the International League's player of the month for July after batting .379 with six home runs, 34 RBI, 23 runs scored and 14 doubles. Through Sunday Cox was hitting .331 with 19 home runs and a team-high 95 RBI.

ORLANDO: Orlando finished below .500 in the first half of the season, but it has a two-game lead over Jacksonville in the second half of the season through Monday. The Rays are 24-19 after a 6-3 win over Jacksonville on Monday.

ST. PETERSBURG: Miguel Cairo made a rehab assignment appearance Monday and went 3-for-6 with two runs scored in a 10-9 loss to Clearwater. Cairo is expected to be activated from the disabled list today.

CHARLESTON: With seven strikeouts against Piedmont on Sunday, RHP Delvin James has 101 strikeouts this season, a career best.

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