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On Draft Day, Devil Rays Are Winners

Jim Callis -Premium Content

In their short existence, the Devil Rays never have won more than 70 games nor finished higher than fourth place. They've occupied the American League East basement in eight of their nine seasons. But one thing Tampa Bay has done well is execute first-round picks. The Rays reached for Paul Wilder with their first-ever draft choice in 1996, but since then they haven't missed too often.

Minors | #2007#Column

Scouting Reports: Texas

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Even in an unremarkable year for the Lone Star State, Texas offers more than a hundred players worth taking a look at, including a dozen who could go in the first or supplemental rounds.

Draft | #2007

Scout’s View: Trevor Plouffe

Chris Kline -Premium Content

The Padres are moving 2004 No. 1 overall pick Matt Bush to the mound, which makes sense considering he's hit just .221/.291/.276 in 624 at-bats before finally moving to high Class A this season. This is purely coincidence, but another first-rounder—and another shortstop—is having similar difficulty—more in the field than at the plate this season—but a move like the Padres are making with Bush could soon be on tap for Twins shortstop Trevor Plouffe.

Minors | #2007#Scout's View