The Rays have been busy signing top draft picks and landed their highest selection so far on Tuesday, agreeing to a $963,000 bonus with first-rounder Jake Hager. The deal is slightly above MLB's recommendation for his No. 32 slot, which is $954,000.
A shortstop from Las Vegas' Sierra Vista HS, Hager has solid tools across his board to go with keen instincts. He profiles as a good hitter with gap power and average speed, and he has the actions and arm strength to remain at shortstop. He had committed to Arizona State.
Tampa Bay had a record 12 picks in the first two rounds, and now has signed six of those choices. Yet to join the fold are South Carolina high school righthander Taylor Guerrieri and Louisiana State outfielder Mikie Mahtook (first round); California prep shortstop Brandon Martin, California high school third baseman Tyler Goeddel and Vanderbilt lefthander Grayson Garvin (supplemental first round); and Hawaii righthander Lenny Linsky (second round).
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