Tampa Bay Rays

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 17 Josh Sale OF Bishop Blanchet HS, Seattle Wash. $1,620,000
Though he works hard, Sale isn't a great fielder, thrower or runner, but there's thunder in his bat. And in a year thin on impact hitters, that's what teams will be buying with Sale in the first round. Sale's father is Samoan and ranks among the best in the nation in drug-free powerlifting. He has inherited his father's love for working out and has a rock-solid, 6-toot-1, 215-pound frame. With bat speed better than Travis Snider--one scout even called it the best bat speed he has ever seen from an amateur--Sale has raw power that approaches the top of the scouting scale. How much of his power he'll be able to use, though, is a question because of a few flaws in Sale's lefthanded swing. He has a high back elbow and sometimes strides too early, but the biggest concern is that he raises up out of his crouched stance, changing his eye level and leaving him susceptible to breaking balls. Most scouts believe the problems are fixable because he's coachable and works hard. He also has a great feel for the strike zone and a patient approach at the plate, and he's so strong that calming down his swing shouldn't sap his power. He also has great hand-eye coordination, as evidenced by the fact that he golfed with a single-digit handicap until he was 15--as a righthanded player. Scouts rave about Sale's makeup and work ethic. He is articulate and studies hard in school, but won't make it to Gonzaga.
1 31 Justin O'Conner C Cowan HS, Muncie, Ind. Ind. $1,025,000
Scouts had been split on whether O'Conner was a better prospect as a power-hitting third baseman or as a pitcher with a 93-95 mph fastball and a hammer curveball. When he began catching at the end of the showcase circuit last summer and played regularly behind the plate this spring, though, it settled any debate about his future. He's now the top high school catching prospect in the 2010 draft. His standout tool is his arm, which grades as plus-plus and is capable of producing 1.8-second pop times. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is agile behind the plate, though his inexperience shows in his receiving. O'Conner also generates above-average thunder with his tremendous bat speed, showing power to all fields in batting practice. He homered twice (while pitching a one-hitter) in a state Class A sectional championship game, tying the Indiana career home run record with 51. A righthanded hitter, he's pull-conscious in games and struggled at times against quality pitching last summer, so there's some question whether he'll hit for a high average. Even if he doesn't, his arm and power could make him an all-star catcher. And if he can't make it as a position player, he has an attractive fallback option as a pitcher. The Arkansas recruit is unlikely to make it past the first round.
1s 42 Drew Vettleson OF Central Kitsap HS, Silverdale, Wash. Wash. $845,000
Vettleson has generated more publicity for being a rare switch-pitcher, but he's a pro prospect as an outfielder. He sits at 88-90 mph from the right side with a good curveball, but he's a better hitter—which says a lot. Vettleson has a quiet approach in the box and he's patient with good pitch recognition. His hand positioning is unique, as he starts with his hands letter-high and deep behind his rear leg. It's a simple swing and he's short to the ball, but it also causes stiffness in his lead arm, which could cause problems when he faces better velocity. It worked for him on the showcase circuit, as he was on fire against some of the country's best pitchers all summer. His swing is smooth and scouts believe he'll make adjustments to hit for average and power. He profiles as a corner outfielder with below-average speed, but has great instincts and makeup. Vettleson hasn't played against great high school competition and has been hard to see, as he's typically pitching, playing shortstop or playing center field lefthanded. Where he ends up going in the draft will likely hinge on how he does in predraft workouts.
2 66 Jake Thompson RHP Long Beach State Calif. $555,000
Due to California high school transfer rules, Thompson did not pitch varsity baseball in his junior season at Wilson High, which is directly across the street from Blair Field, Long Beach State's home field. He graduated from Wilson a semester early to play for the Dirtbags. Thompson's college career has been a mixed bag, with bursts of brilliance interspersed with wildness and control problems. Relying heavily on his fastball, Thompson is an aggressive hurler who resembles, in frame and style, former big leaguer Troy Percival. His 92-94 mph fastball peaks at 95, and Thompson adds an excellent changeup which he mixes in sparingly. Thompson's primary weakness is his curveball, a pitch he short-arms and doesn't finish off cleanly. Scouts think that Thompson's results don't match his talent because of his unusual arm stroke, which will need to be cleaned up, and a weak delivery finish in which he circles away from the plate. He has the arm and raw stuff to be a mid-rotation starter, but he will more likely end up in the bullpen.
2 79 Derek Dietrich 3B Georgia Tech Ga. $457,200
Dietrich is one of three unsigned 2007 Astros draft picks--Arkansas' Brett Eibner and Texas Tech's Chad Bettis are the others--who figure to go in the first two rounds this year. Dietrich was the highest pick, a third-rounder, and could still fall to that round despite having his best college season. He's a difficult player for scouts to judge because he doesn't fit an obvious pro profile. His lefthanded bat brings value, as do his strong arm and developing power, and he tied his career high with 14 homers this spring. He plays hard and has been a serviceable college shortstop defensively. Scouts believe he lacks the footwork or athletic ability in his 6-foot-1, 196-pound frame to stay at short, though, and wonder if his footwork can improve enough for him to play at second. Most doubt that and believe third base is his best fit with the glove, and he may not produce enough power to profile as a regular there. He also could prove to be a versatile big leaguer in the mold of Geoff Blum or Scott Spiezio, who both had the advantage of switch-hitting.
3 98 Ryan Brett 2B Highline HS, Burien, Wash. Wash. $341,100
Brett is a throwback player who's fun to watch. He's always dirty, doesn't wear batting gloves and is a sparkplug who always plays at full speed. For most of the year he tried to switch-hit, but he reverted back to his natural righthanded swing as the draft drew near. He has a knack for getting the barrel on the ball, though sometimes he tries to play bigger than he is and scouts said they would like to see him embrace small ball. Brett is smallish at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, but he works out regularly with Josh Sale and is strong. Scouts are split on where he'll play defensively. Some believe he'll be able to stay at second base, while others say his actions are too choppy and the game will be too fast for him there. He's an above-average runner and could be an above-average defender in center field. The speed also makes him a terror on the basepaths, and some scouts think that if he fulfilled his commitment to Gonzaga that he could bat better than .400 and steal 40-50 bases a season. In professional ball, his ceiling would be a .285 hitter with about 12 home runs and 20 stolen bases a season. He'll likely be drafted around the third round and is considered signable.
4 131 Austin Wood RHP St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
Wood has a big arm and a big-school track record. Drafted by the Astros in the 36th round in 2008 out of high school, he began his college career at Florida State, making five starts as a freshman in 2009 and walking 25 in 23 innings. He transferred to St. Petersburg JC, where he also failed to stick in the rotation. However, he probably had the best arm in the junior-college ranks this season, and garnered first-three-rounds interest even after dropping back into a bullpen role. He wound up going 3-4, 4.81, and control was a problem for him all season as he walked 21 in 43 innings. Worse, he fell behind hitters too often and had to groove fastballs, leading him to get hit around more than he should. His only appearance in the Florida postseason junior-college tournament was a 13-pitch, four-out outing when the game was not in doubt. Wood's 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame and power arm are hard for scouts to walk away from. He lives in the 90-95 mph range as a starter, sitting at 93-94, and hit 96 in a relief stint in the state tournament. His slider also grades out as average at times, and he has flashed a changeup that is better than his breaking ball at times. His arm works well, so scouts believe his control should improve with maturity and professional instruction. His future role likely is as a reliever, though his durable body and three-pitch repertoire will give him a chance to start.
5 161 Ian Kendall RHP Ashland (Ore.) HS Ore. $250,000
Oregon high school righthander Ian Kendall flew under the radar this spring. He comes from Ashland High, which is as close to Sacramento as it is to Portland and did not play on the summer showcase circuit. But scouts that made the trek discovered a diamond in the rough. Kendall, listed at 6 feet and 205 pounds, was 91-95 mph this spring and showed an above-average power curveball and flashes of an above-average changeup. Kendall has a clean arm action and great work ethic. An Oregon State commit, Kendall was selected highly enough that he'll have a tough decision to make this summer.
6 191 Jesse Hahn RHP Virginia Tech Va. $525,000
Three years ago, one of Hahn's high school teammates and rotation partners was getting tons of draft attention. The teammate was righthander Matt Harvey, who ended up dropping to the third round and honoring his commitment to North Carolina. Now, both Fitch (Conn.) High alums could be drafted in the first round. Hahn has an ideal pitcher's frame at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, but he missed three weeks of action this spring. He had an MRI on his right elbow that revealed no structural damage. When healthy, Hahn has an electric arsenal. He has a plus fastball that sits 92-94 mph with some armside run. He has been able to run his fastball up to 96-97, especially when he pitched out of the bullpen in the Cape Cod League last summer, but has learned that he's better when he dials it back. He has two average to plus secondary offerings in a slider and curveball, as well as a potentially average changeup. His curveball has 12-to-6 action, but he raises his arm slot on the pitch, which could give it away to hitters. He mixes in an 80-82 mph slider that occasionally gets big on him but is also an average or better offering. His changeup has some fade and really works well when he locates down and to his arm side. His command isn't exceptional, but scouts don't see it as a problem moving forward. Working against Hahn are a spotty medical history and limited track record of performance. As a freshman he went 3-7, 4.64 in 64 innings with 36 strikeouts and 25 walks. He saw significantly less time as a sophomore, going 1-2, 6.00 in 24 innings. Only two of his 17 appearances were starts. Hahn has seen a big turnaround this season, going 5-2, 2.81 with 64 strikeouts and 14 walks through 58 innings.
7 221 Michael Lorenzen OF Fullerton (Calif.) Union HS Calif.
Lorenzen is a potential five-tool talent, and his 6-foot-3, 190-pound build and skills draw comparisons to Jake Marisnick, a third-round pick of the Blue Jays last year out of nearby Riverside Poly High. Tall and projectable, Lorenzen has a howitzer arm. Clocked at 93 off of the mound, his throws from right field approached 100 mph at a showcase last fall, albeit with a running start. A fine defender who fits at any of the three outfield spots, he routinely ran 60 yards in the 6.7-second range at showcase events. The primary concern regarding Lorenzen is his bat. Scouts have reservations about his quickness at the plate, and he has rarely impressed in games or BP when using a wood bat and facing tougher pitching. At this stage, Lorenzen is a mistake hitter, able to hammer pitches left out over the plate but unable to handle much of anything else with metal or wood. He shows enough promise, however, that he will get every opportunity to succeed as an outfielder in pro ball. If he emerges as a hitter, he has the other tools to be a big league star. Given Lorenzen's tremendous all-around talent, a switch to the mound would occur only as a last resort.
8 251 Merrill Kelly RHP Arizona State Ariz. $125,000
Righthander Kelly gets results, but does it with a lot of funk and deception. He sinks an average fastball that touches 92 mph, and he throws it for strikes. But he's rigid with an "iron Mike" delivery, and as one scout put it, "You just don't see guys pitch like that in the big leagues." Kelly mixes in a breaking ball, but it's his above-average changeup that is his second-best pitch. Because of his mechanical issues, he profiles better as a reliever in pro ball.
9 281 Jake DePew C Granite City (Ill.) HS Ill. $460,000
Jake DePew is the best defensive catcher in Illinois this year, a quality receiver with an average arm. The switch-hitter is still a work in progress with the bat, and he'll have to make work hard to keep his 6-foot-1, 210-pound frame in shape. Though he has committed to Louisville, he's considered signable.
10 311 Deshun Dixon OF Terry HS, Jackson, Miss. Miss. $125,000
Deshun Dixon has quite a legacy to live up to. His older brother Rashun plays in the Athletics system, while older brothers Antwon and Anthony play college football at Midwestern (Texas) State and Mississippi State. The youngest of the family, Deshun may have drawn the short straw athletically. He's shorter and not as physical as his brothers and lacks explosiveness as a hitter. He's an above-average runner but at 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, he's not a burner and is a tweener offensively. On the mound, Dixon has flashed an average fastball but pitched in the 80s most of the year. He has hand speed and a solid breaking ball, and his arm works. He got better as the season went on, leading Terry High to the state finals, but wasn't expected to be picked with a single-digit pick or to approach brother Rashun's $600,000 signing bonus.
11 341 Travis Flores 1B Desert Ridge HS, Mesa, Ariz. Ariz. $155,000
With his big power, first baseman Flores might have the best single tool in Arizona's high school class. He won the Power Showcase home run derby last winter. But he's a one-dimensional player, and scouts are worried his power will show only in BP at the pro level because he has trouble recognizing offspeed pitches and breaking balls. Defensively, he's limited to first. He is committed to Arizona State.
12 371 Phil Wunderlich 1B Louisville Ky.
Wunderlich missed just one game in 2009 despite tearing the labrum in his throwing shoulder in February, an injury that required surgery and prevented him from trying out for Team USA. He didn't miss any time this spring after a pitch hit him in the face in April, breaking his nose and orbital bone. Wunderlich's bat is as impressive as his ability to play through pain. He packs plenty of lefthanded power into a 6-foot, 225-pound frame, hitting 38 homers over the last two seasons, and makes consistent contact. His lack of athleticism and a natural position holds him back as a prospect. A DH as a freshman, he played left field in 2009 and moved to third base this spring. He has good hands but not much range and a diminished arm at the hot corner, and he doesn't cover enough ground in the outfield. He has worked hard to improve but is probably destined for first base, and he's short for that position.
13 401 Robby Price 2B Kansas Kan.
Price, whose father Ritch coaches the Jayhawks, has outstanding plate discipline and a line-drive approach with a little pop. He has soft hands and turns the double play well at second base.
14 431 Austin Hubbard RHP Auburn Ala.
Hubbard, the Tigers' closer, has a fringy fastball that sits 87-90 mph and throws a lot of sliders from 79-82 mph and touching 84. It works, as he was 5-2, 1.96 with nine saves, but he wasn't expected to be a high pick.
15 461 Brandon Henderson LHP Chesnee (S.C.) HS S.C. $125,000
Henderson, a Gardner-Webb recruit, went 14-0 this season and threw two-hitters five days apart to drive Chesnee to its first state title since 1988. He has a three-pitch mix also topped by a breaking ball. He's slender at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, and his present fastball velocity, in the mid-80s, is probably a bit short at this point for pro ball.
16 491 Nate Garcia RHP Santa Clara Calif.
It was somewhat surprising that no one signed Santa Clara righthander Garcia as a junior. He has been a weekend starter most of his college career, and scouts respect his bulldog attitude on the mound. He profiles as a reliever with his 87-90 mph fastball and feel for a big overhand curveball.
17 521 Cody Anderson RHP Feather River (Calif.) JC Calif.
Andersen has a great pro frame at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, so he looks the part. He also plays football. He's a switch-hitter with some strength, but he doesn't have a clearly defined position. He has also expressed interest in going on a Mormon mission, so teams might hold off on signing him.
18 551 Jimmy Patterson LHP Arizona State Ariz.
Patterson was an interesting two-way prospect at Central Arizona JC last year and reportedly turned down a six-figure offer from the Red Sox as a 34th-round pick. He saw limited action this year, pitching 30 innings and getting 15 at-bats, so scouts expect him to return for another year unless he transfers elsewhere.
19 581 Craige Lyerly 2B Catawba (N.C.) N.C.
Lyerly's speed is a standout tool, and he has a chance to be a utility player if his footwork improves. He's a solid hitter with well-below-average power and a fringy arm.
20 611 C.J. Riefenhauser LHP Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
21 641 Adam Liberatore LHP Tennessee Tech Tenn.
Liberatore, who is coming off Tommy John surgery last April, touched the low 90s last year before getting hurt and was pitching in the upper 80s this season while touching 92.
22 671 Matt Koch C Loyola Marymount Calif.
Loyola Marymount's Matt Koch, whose older brother Brady played for the Lions from 2001-2004, emerged as the team's best power hitter this season with 15 home runs. The redshirt sophomore's defensive skills as a catcher are not outstanding, but his raw power may appeal to clubs seeking a backstop with pop.
23 701 Kevin Patterson 1B Auburn Ala.
Patterson was slugging .769 thanks to 16 home runs in 114 at-bats. A 24th-round pick in 2007 out of high school (White Sox), Patterson had a tough college career, struggling with defensive fundamentals, nagging injuries and contact. He had struck out in 33 percent of his at-bats over three seasons. While Patterson runs well, including a 6.8-second 60 time on scout day, he's a poor left fielder who takes bad routes to the ball, and he has played almost exclusively at DH for Auburn this season. He could still go with a single-digit pick thanks to his strength and bat speed, which give him greater raw power than anyone else on his team.
24 731 Daniel Poncedeleon RHP La Mirada (Calif.) HS Calif.
25 761 Matt Spann LHP Columbia (Tenn.) Central HS Tenn.
26 791 Justin Woodall LHP Alabama Ala.
27 821 Chris Winder OF Odessa (Texas) JC Texas
28 851 Julio Espinoza SS Rialto (Calif.) HS Calif.
29 881 Scott Lawson 2B Miami Fla.
30 911 Nick Schwaner 3B New Orleans La.
31 941 Kevin Kiermaier OF Parkland (Ill.) JC Ill.
32 971 Bryan Fogle OF Erskine (S.C.) S.C.
33 1001 Scott Simon RHP Central Valley HS, Spokane, Wash. Wash.
34 1031 Steve Tinoco 1B Long Beach State Calif.
35 1061 Spencer Davis RHP The Woodlands (Texas) HS Texas
36 1091 Robert Dickmann LHP Pepperdine Calif.
37 1121 Demondre Arnold RHP Creekside HS, Fairburn, Ga. Ga.
38 1151 Will Anderson RHP Foothill HS, Pleasanton, Calif. Calif.
Fresno State has also put together a good recruiting class and righthander Anderson could be a key member. He has a good feel for pitching, with an upper 80s fastball that flirts with 90-91 on occasion and good movement. His curveball is a slurvy, and he also mixes in a split. Anderson's older brother John was drafted out of Chabot JC by the Blue Jays in 2008.
39 1181 Parker Markel RHP Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Righthander Markel can run his fastball up to 93 mph, but he's a guy who doesn't have a clean delivery and profiles as a middle reliever.
40 1211 Wade Broyles RHP Belhaven (Miss.) Miss.
41 1241 Chris Rearick LHP North Georgia College and State Ga.
42 1271 Preston Overbey 3B University School HS, Jackson, Tenn. Tenn.
43 1301 Ryan Hornback C San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
Hornback has soft hands and a strong arm, but the 6-foot, 170-pounder needs more strength as well.
44 1331 Mickey Jannis RHP Cal State Bakersfield Calif.
45 1361 Blake Freeman LHP Sunnyslope HS, Phoenix Ariz.
46 1391 George Jensen RHP Des Moines Area CC Iowa
47 1421 Hector Montes 1B Bonita Vista HS, Chula Vista, Calif. Calif.
48 1451 Blake Barnes RHP Howard (Texas) JC Texas
Blake Barnes might have made a case for getting drafted ahead of Howard JC teammate Burch Smith. He showed a 90-92 mph fastball, touched 95 and displayed a true slider when he was 100 percent. There's still projection remaining in his 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame. He has committed to Oklahoma State for his junior season.
49 1481 Danny Hoilman 1B East Tennessee State Tenn.
East Tennessee State first baseman Paul Hoilman rivaled Kirby-Jones for gaudy numbers, batting .421/.526/.860 in dominating the Big South Conference. Hoilman has feel for hitting and has a mature approach against mediocre pitching, as well as the strength to hit for power with wood. He hit eight homers last summer in the New England Collegiate League. His athletic ability is modest and his defense, while improved, rates below average.
50 1511 Cory Maltz RHP Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas