The Rays return from the vaunted 2011 draft got even weaker Monday as RHP Taylor Guerrieri, their top pick, was claimed on waivers by the Blue Jays.
Guerrieri missed most of this season due to arm issues, pitching twice for Triple-A Durham in April, but was said by season's end to be healthy and ready for spring training.
After being taken 24th overall and signed for $1.6-million, Guerrieri got off to a promising start in his career but was set back by 2013 Tommy John surgery and then a drug suspension.
He pitched his first full season in 2016 at Double-A Montgomery, going 12-6, 3.76) and opened 2017 at Durham with hopes of getting to the majors at some point, but was quickly derailed by injury, which was never fully disclosed.
The Rays apparently were trying to get Guerrieri through waivers to get him off their 40-man roster as they have several prospects to add.
So from those 10 picks, the Rays to this point have only LHP Blake Snell (pick No. 52) in the majors, and INF Jake Hager (32), RHP Jeff Ames (42) and LHP Grayson Garvin (59) in the minors. All three have been slowed by injury.
The Rays traded OF Mikie Mahtook (31) to Detroit in Jan. 2017 and lost OF Tyler Goeddel (41) to the Phillies in the Dec. 2015 Rule 5 draft. They released the other three – INF Brandon Martin (38), OF Kes Carter (56), OF James Harris (60). Martin is awaiting trial in a triple murder and faces the death penalty.
For a look back at the 2011 class, here is a story from this spring.