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Tracking the Rays’ top draft signees

Friday marked the signing deadline for MLB draftees. Here’s where the Rays’ top talent is now.
Tampa Bay Rays newly signed top pick Greg Jones before talking with reporters at Tropicana Field during Rays batting practice before the Rays take on the Oakland Athletics in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (DIRK SHADD  |  Times)
Tampa Bay Rays newly signed top pick Greg Jones before talking with reporters at Tropicana Field during Rays batting practice before the Rays take on the Oakland Athletics in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Published Jul. 17, 2019

The Rays selected 42 players in the MLB amateur draft last month. Tampa Bay signed 33 of those players to professional contracts before Friday’s signing deadline. Tampa Bay had an allotted bonus pool of $10,333,800, the 10th largest in baseball, to sign their picks.

Here’s where the Rays’ top 10 picks can be found now.

SS Greg Jones

Round: 1, No. 22 overall

Sophomore, UNC Wilmington

Signed to $3,027,000 bonus

Jones, the Rays’ top overall pick, signed his contract on June 11 at Tropicana Field. Three days later, the Rays assigned him to the Class A short season Hudson Valley Renegades. Through 22 games with the Renegades, Jones is hitting .299/.378/.391 with six doubles and a triple. Jones’ strongest tool is his speed, and he has nine stolen bases on the young season.

JJ Goss talks to reporters before a Rays game against the Angels on June 14, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)

RH JJ Goss

Round: Competitive Balance A, No. 36 Overall

Cypress Ranch High School

Signed to $2,045,400 bonus

Goss signed his professional contract with the Rays at Tropicana Field on June 14, just three days after Jones, and Tampa Bay assigned the high school graduate to the Gulf Coast League. Through two starts with the GCL Rays, Goss has a 12.00 ERA in three innings of work. He struggled in his first start, allowing three hits and three runs in only one inning. He rebounded in his last outing to hold the GCL Braves to one run on two hits over two innings.

Campbell Camels Seth Johnson (26) throws a pitch during a game between the Quinnipiac Bobcats and the Campbell Camels on June 2, 2109 at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, NC. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

RH Seth Johnson

Round: Competitive Balance A, No. 40 Overall

Junior, Campbell

Signed to $1,722,500 bonus

Johnson signed on June 12 and joined Goss with the GCL Rays. He surrendered one hit in each of his two starts, and he has yet to allow a run through his first four innings of work in the Gulf Coast League.

John Doxakis talks to reporters before a Rays game against the Angels on June 13, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)

RH John Doxakis

Round: 2, No. 61 overall

Junior, Texas A&M

Signed to $1,129,700

Doxakis signed with the Rays on June 14, and the Rays assigned him to Hudson Valley with Jones. In four starts with the Renegades, Doxakis has a 3.24 ERA with eight strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings. In his last outing, Doxakis allowed three runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings against the Staten Island Yankees.

OF Shane Sasaki

Round: 3, No. 99 overall

Iolani High School

Signed to $472,500 bonus

Sasaki, the top high school prospect out of Hawaii, signed to a $472,500 bonus with the Rays last week. He is not currently on a minor-league roster.

LH Graeme Stinson

Round: 4, No. 128 overall

Junior, Duke

Signed to $440,400 bonus

Stinson agreed to terms with the Rays on June 18, and Tampa Bay assigned him to the GCL Rays on July 3. Stinson has yet to appear in an official game.

Ben Brecht of UC Santa Barbara pitches to Missouri State during an NCAA college baseball game, Friday, March 22, 2019, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (AP Photo/John McCoy)

LH Ben Brecht

Round, 5, No. 158 overall

Junior, UC Santa Barbara

Signed to $297,500 bonus

Brecht signed with the Rays on June 13 and Tampa Bay assigned him to Hudson Valley the next day. The pitcher has made two appearances (one start) for Hudson Valley, posting a 1.93 over 4 2/3 innings. In his last outing, a July 7 start against Vermont, Brecht recorded three innings of one-run ball.

RH Colby White

Round 6, No. 188 overall

Junior, Mississippi State

Signed to $197,500 bonus

The Rays signed White on June 13 and assigned him to Hudson Valley on June 14. In five games, all relief appearances, White owns a 5.79 ERA for the Renegades. In his last outing, White recorded 1 2/3 hitless innings while walking two and striking out two against Mahoning Valley.

Jake Guenther

Round 7, No 218 overall

Senior, TCU

Signed to $197,600 bonus

Guenther, the third position player selected by the Rays in the 2019 draft, signed with Tampa Bay on June 30. The Rays assigned Guenther to the Princeton Rays of the Appalachian League on July 1. Through nine games, Guenther is hitting .281/.395/.281 with three walks.

Oklahoma's Nathan Wiles throws against Minnesota during an NCAA college baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

RHP Nathan Wiles

Round 8, No. 248 Overall

Junior, Oklahoma

Signed to $162,900 bonus

The Rays selected Wiles with their eighth round pick in the 2019 draft, and the right-handed pitcher signed with Tampa Bay on June 13. He made his first professional appearance with Hudson Valley on June 20. In six outings (three starts), Wiles owns a 4.50 ERA. He recorded a perfect inning with one strikeout in his last outing, a relief appearance against Mahoning Valley.

Unsigned

The following unsigned players have remaining college eligibility and will not be joining the Rays organization this year.

  • Cam Shepherd - SS, Junior, Georgia, Round 20, No. 608 overall
  • Andrew Peters - RH, JC Second-year, John A. Logan College, Round 21, No. 638 overall
  • Robbie Peto - RH, Junior, Stetson, Round 26, No. 788 overall
  • Mitchell Parker - LH, JC First-year, San Jacinto College North, Round 27, No. 818 overall
  • Zach Bravo - RH, JC Second-year, Butler County CC, Round 29, No. 878 overall
  • Michael Carpentier - C, High School Senior, Yucaipa HS, Round 30, No. 908 overall
  • Brannon Jordan - RH, JC Second-year, Cowley County CC, Round 31, No. 938 overall
  • Kody Huff - C, High School Senior, Horizon HS, Round 32, No. 968 overall
  • Carson Coleman - RH, Junior, Kentucky, Round 33, No. 998 overall

Shepherd is the highest draft pick to go unsigned. He found early success at Georgia, hitting .307 with 23 extra-base hits his freshman season in 2017, but has has struggled to maintain that performance. He hit .231 in 63 starts at shortstop for the Bulldogs in 2019.

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