Tampa Bay Rays

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 24 Taylor Guerrieri RHP Spring Valley HS, Columbia, S.C. S.C. $1,600,000
Guerrieri will be one of the toughest calls for clubs in the first round. He has one of the draft's best arms, and among preps he ranks behind only Oklahomans Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley in pure stuff. Guerrieri has a pitcher's body at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds with long arms, coat-hanger shoulders and present strength. Getting his "man strength," to use the scouting term, has allowed him to maintain his delivery better, and his stuff has improved as a result. At his best, Guerrieri's fastball touches 98 mph and sits in the 93-96 range. He throws his curveball with power as well at 80-83 mph. He flashes a changeup and a cutter in side sessions but rarely uses them in games. Like most high school pitchers, his velocity can vary from start to start, but he still sits 91-93 on his off days. His athleticism and strength allow him to repeat his delivery well, though his command is a question. A South Carolina signee, Guerrieri could go in the first 10 picks if teams are sold on his makeup, but many are not. He's on his second high school thanks to off-field incidents at North Augusta (S.C.) High, and scouts continue to research his decision-making.
1 31 Mikie Mahtook OF Louisiana State La. $1,150,000
Mahtook burst onto the scene as a freshman, earning a starting spot midway through the 2009 season and helping to spark Louisiana State to the College World Series championship. He was good enough in center field to push premium athletes Leon Landry and Jared Mitchell to the outfield corners, yet at 6-foot-1, 192 pounds, some scouts are still skeptical whether he can play the middle garden in the big leagues. He played right field as a sophomore and moved back to center as a junior. He has an average arm, but if he gets any bigger and loses his slightly above-average speed, he may have to go to left. Mahtook's swing isn't technically proficient, but he's strong, repeats his stroke and has a feel for the barrel. He made consistent hard contact all season, and his OPS (1.205) was higher than it was last season. Scouts expect clubs that value performance to keep Mahtook from sliding beyond the supplemental round.
1 32 Jake Hager SS Sierra Vista HS, Las Vegas Nev. $963,000
Hager doesn't have one standout tool, but he can do a little bit of everything and always plays hard. He's an average runner but has nice actions at shortstop with an above-average arm. Hager is a good hitter and performed with wood at showcase events last fall. He has some pop, though he profiles as more of a gap hitter with average power. His tools play up because he's the prototypical baseball rat. He has passion for the game and is typically the dirtiest guy on the field, playing with toughness and energy. He's a leader on the field with good makeup, exactly what you want from a shortstop. He could go as high as the second round and if he doesn't sign, he'll head to Arizona State.
1s 38 Brandon Martin SS Santiago HS, Corona, Calif. Calif. $860,000
Perhaps the most improved prep player in Southern California, Martin has rocketed to the top of the region's thin group of high school infielders by showing off five legitimate tools this spring. He worked hard to add muscle in the offseason, and it paid dividends at the plate. Scouts used to question his bat, but now they praise his line-drive swing and bat speed. Some scouts think he'll develop at least average power, while others regard his power as fringy. He's a good high-ball hitter with an aggressive approach, and he could mature into a solid-average hitter. An average runner, Martin is a fast-twitch athlete who can make highlight-reel plays at shortstop, though he has plenty of work to do there. He has good range and a strong arm with good carry, but he's also an upright defender who tends to field balls deep and needs to smooth out his actions. He has a quiet personality but is a good teammate and a hard worker.
1s 41 Tyler Goeddel 3B St. Francis HS, Mountain View, Calif. Calif. $1,500,000
Goeddel's father, David, is a pioneer in the biotechnology industry and helped develop synthetic insulin and human growth hormone. His brother, Erik, is a pitcher in the Mets organization, drafted out of UCLA last year. Tyler has a gangly and projectable 6-foot-4, 170-pound frame. He's also a well above-average runner, athletic enough to play third base, though his speed may be best utilized in center field. Goeddel has above-average arm strength and shows intriguing tools at the plate. He takes aggressive swings with bat speed, and his bat head stays in the hitting zone for a long time. Scouts have to project on Goeddel's power, but it's not hard to envision him hitting for at least average power as he adds muscle to his frame. Goeddel missed time this season with mononucleosis, but he still has the track record and skill set to be a premium pick.
1s 42 Jeff Ames RHP Lower Columbia (Wash.) JC Wash. $650,000
Ames has already been drafted twice: by the Phillies (46th round) in 2009 out of high school in Vancouver, Wash., and last year by the Rockies (30th round) out of Lower Columbia. His stuff has gradually improved each year, and he took things up a notch last summer, sitting 92-95 mph and touching 97 in the West Coast League, ranking as the league's No. 3 prospect. His stuff has held up this spring, as his fastball has been consistently in the mid-90s. His fastball has nasty, riding life and arm-side run. His breaking ball doesn't always show the tight break scouts like to see, his changeup is just all right, and he does pitch with some effort, but he should go high enough this year to keep him away from his commitment to Oregon.
1s 52 Blake Snell LHP Shorewood HS, Shoreline, Wash. Wash. $684,000
Snell is a long and lean 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, but he has narrow, sloping shoulders and may always be skinny, and scouts don't see anywhere to put a lot of added weight on his frame. His fastball sits between 88-92 mph, and he has touched 94 this season. While that grades out as an average fastball, scouts question whether he'll be able to maintain that velocity over a full minor league season because of his frame. His curveball and changeup are just average at best. Snell has performed well this season and wasn't fazed when there were 40-50 scouts behind the backstop. Snell was home schooled until this year and was committed to Washington's banner class, but he has not yet qualified academically, which may make him more signable. Because of his signability, his velocity and how well he has performed in front of crosscheckers, Snell could get popped as high as the supplemental first round, though on pure talent he would probably go a few rounds later.
1s 56 Kes Carter OF Western Kentucky Ky. $625,000
Western Kentucky is one of the better mid-major programs in college baseball, having won 77 games and produced 11 draft picks in the previous two seasons. The Hilltoppers should have another half-dozen players selected in 2011, led by Carter, who could become the highest-drafted player in school history. An athletic 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, Carter flashes all five tools. His smooth lefthanded stroke and disciplined approach allow him to hit for average, and he has at least average power potential. He still needs to fine-tune his timing at the plate and turn on balls more frequently. He has slightly above-average speed that plays up on the bases and in center field, as well as a solid arm for the position. The biggest issues with Carter are his struggles against lefthanded pitching and his health. He injured his hip in the Coastal Plain League last summer, sat out during fall practice and missed time this spring with a calf strain. Nevertheless, he shouldn't last past the second round
1s 59 Grayson Garvin LHP Vanderbilt Tenn. $370,000
Garvin has performed as well as any Division I pitcher over the last calendar year. He was the Cape Cod League's ERA champion last summer at 5-0, 0.74 with 37 strikeouts in 37 innings. In the spring, he was 11-1, 2.08 and was a perfect 9-0 in Southeastern Conference play until his last start of the regular season. He was named SEC pitcher of the year. Garvin's performance stems from his size, solid stuff and ability to pitch off his fastball. At 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, he gets a good angle on his fastball, pitching downhill, coming inside effectively at 90-92 mph and reaching 94-95 on occasion. His fastball velocity should be a tick above-average as a pro, and he uses his fastball well to set up his solid-average changeup, which has solid fade when he turns it over. His slurvy slider is below-average and rarely generates swings and misses, which limits his upside for many scouts, and he may wind up throwing more of a cutter eventually. Garvin is considered a safe pick, and his summer performance could push him into the first or supplemental first round despite his short breaking ball.
1s 60 James Harris OF Oakland Technical HS Calif. $490,000
Outfielder James Harris looks great in a uniform with his 6-foot-1, 175-pound athletic frame. He's raw and may need two years in Rookie ball, but he has huge upside. Harris is an explosive athlete. He is a well above-average runner, with a 37-inch vertical leap, and can fly on the bases and in center field. He has below-average arm strength, but enough for center field. A righthanded hitter, Harris is patient at the plate, trying to get on base any way possible, and some scouts wonder if he's actually too passive. He also shows some raw power. Harris has not committed to a college, so he should be signable.
2 75 Granden Goetzman OF Palmetto (Fla.) HS Fla. $490,000
Three factors have helped Goetzman jump up draft boards this spring: the thin Florida high school class, a lack of high school power bats and his own sizable talent. Minor shoulder issues kept him off the main showcase circuit, though he was a known commodity among Florida area scouts, so he has really introduced himself to national-level scouts this spring. Primarily a shortstop and pitcher in high school, Goetzman will move to an outfield corner as a pro, and he's gotten comparisons to such players as Jayson Werth and Jay Buhner. Bat speed and leverage help him produce prodigious power, and like Werth, Goetzman is a tall, angular athlete who might even have a shot at playing some center field. He's far from a stiff righthanded hitter, with a loose swing and above-average speed, especially under way. His hit tool is also advanced, as he has good natural timing. Scouts laud his makeup, and if a team thinks he can stay in the infield or play center, he could push his way into the first round.
2 89 Lenny Linsky RHP Hawaii Hawaii $392,400
Linsky was a decent prospect coming out of high school--though he wasn't drafted--but he has blossomed at Hawaii. He has improved each year and was nearly unhittable this spring, helping the Rainbows finish first in the Western Athletic Conference for the first time since 1992. His fastball has incredible sink, even at 92-94 mph, and he can run it up to 96 from a low three-quarters arm slot. Hitters frequently swing over his fastball, and he has a dominating slider that can get as high as 89 mph. One scout joked that hitters need a shovel if they want to elevate the ball against Linsky. He allowed just three extra-base hits during the regular season--all doubles. Earlier in the season, he was flying open and getting under his pitches, but a few mechanical adjustments fixed that problem and he was better the second half. Linsky has a durable frame at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds and a closer's mentality. He could go as high as the sandwich round and should move quickly through the minor leagues.
3 119 Johnny Eierman OF Warsaw (Mo.) HS Mo. $550,000
A product of a central Missouri town with a population of 2,100, Eierman boosted his draft stock by showing impressive raw tools on a bigger stage last summer. He made the rounds of the showcase circuit, posting the second-best 60-yard dash time (6.41 seconds) at the Area Code Games and launching balls in batting practice. Eierman has well above-average bat speed to match hit foot speed, though he'll have to make adjustments against better pitching. He has a long righthanded stroke with an inconsistent load, and he's too aggressive at the plate. If he can iron out his swing, he could be an average hitter with plus power. A shortstop for his high school team coached by his father John, Eierman won't stay in the infield in pro ball. He lacks the hands and actions for second base, and his average arm may not be enough for third. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has the tools to become a solid center fielder. A Louisiana State recruit, he'll need time to develop but has a high ceiling.
4 150 Riccio Torrez 3B Arizona State Ariz. $180,000
Third baseman Riccio Torrez leapfrogged a couple of his more touted Arizona State teammates and will likely be drafted in the first 10 rounds, though he doesn't have standout tools. He won over scouts because he can do a little bit of everything and has a long track record of performance. Torrez has a line drive swing, with the chance for more power down the road. He profiles best at third base, or could wind up being a utility player because he's agile enough to play second base or shortstop in a pinch. Some scouts would like to try him out behind the plate. Torrez is a grinder who practices as hard as he plays and will be a favorite of managers in the pro ranks.
5 180 J.D. Davis 3B Elk Grove (Calif.) HS Calif.
At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, third baseman J.D. Davis is a good hitter with a lot of strength and above-average power. His swing is more about strength than pure bat speed, which concerns some scouts. He also has a stocky body with a thick lower half and will have to watch his conditioning as he gets older. He is already seen as a baseclogger. Davis also pitches and has been up to 93 mph off the mound, with a curveball and a changeup. His arm strength and body type make scouts think he might be worth trying at catcher. Davis is committed to Cal State Fullerton.
6 210 Jake Floethe RHP Cal State Fullerton Calif. $105,000
A reliever on Fresno State's 2008 national title team, Floethe missed 2010 after Tommy John surgery and transferred to Fullerton for his redshirt junior year this spring, going 6-3, 3.45 as a starter and reliever. He has a physical 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame and average fastball velocity, sitting at 90-91 and bumping 92-93 mph. At his best, his fastball has power sink, but sometimes it is less lively. His slider can be average, though when he uses a lower arm slot his stuff has a tendency to flatten out. He also works in a serviceable changeup. Most scouts think he profiles better as a reliever.
7 240 Ryan Carpenter LHP Gonzaga Wash. $200,000
Gonzaga lefthander Ryan Carpenter has been an enigma for scouts. He's 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds and has touched 97 mph in the past, though he has been around 89-92 early in starts this year and even as low as 84. He had mediocre results his first two years at Gonzaga, though he was always impressive in summer ball against wood bats. In 2009, he led the Alaska League in strikeouts, and he came within five whiffs of leading the Cape Cod League last year. His time in the Cape helped him trust his fastball more, and he's working off it primarily for the first time this year. Statistically, Carpenter had his best year by far, going 8-2, 2.62 even though his stuff has been down. Carpenter also throws a big curveball, a slider that shows flashes of being a plus pitch and a changeup. The team that drafts Carpenter will be hoping that his size and relative youth will allow the stuff they've seen in the past to come back.
8 270 John Alexander 1B Glendora (Calif.) HS Calif. $325,000
Six-foot-6, 200-pound first baseman John Alexander doubles as a standout volleyball player, but baseball is his passion, and he has committed to play baseball at UC Irvine. He's very athletic and has a chance to provide serious lefthanded power as he matures.
9 300 Matt Rice C Western Kentucky Ky. $25,000
Matt Rice doesn't have outstanding tools and doesn't do much in orthodox fashion, but he got the job done as a hitter and catcher for four years at Western Kentucky. He has a spread-out stance and an uphill righthanded swing, with a knack for putting the barrel on the ball and making line-drive contact. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder has gap power and is the Hilltoppers' all-time leader in hits (309) and RBIs (223). His long release detracts from his average arm strength and his receiving skills are just decent, yet he keeps the running game in check and does a nice job of leading a pitching staff. Area scouts love his makeup, and one described him as a "low risk, high reward" prospect. An exceptional student, Rice carries a 4.0 grade-point average in mechanical engineering and was the baseball academic all-American of the year. He also was a Rhodes Scholar finalist in 2010, when the Yankees drafted him in the 50th round.
10 330 Jacob Faria RHP Gahr HS, Cerritos, Calif. Calif. $150,000
Righthander Jacob Faria is a Cal State Fullerton recruit with a funky arm action and high slot that evokes current Titan righty Colin O'Connell's. He is still growing into his 6-foot-5, 175-pound frame, and projectability is his biggest asset. His 86-91 mph fastball plays up because of its downhill angle, and he flashes a very promising slider.
11 360 Cameron Seitzer 1B Oklahoma Okla.
As a gifted line-drive hitter with gap power, Cameron Seitzer is reminiscent of his father Kevin, a two-time all-star who's now the Royals' batting coach. He has an advantage over his dad in that he bats lefthanded, but he's limited to first base, where his father played third. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder dropped from 16 homers in 2010 to four entering the NCAA playoffs this spring, and his power makes it hard to profile him as a regular at first. Seitzer has enough arm strength for the hot corner, but he doesn't move well enough to play there every day.
12 390 Trevor Mitsui 1B Shorewood HS, Shoreline, Wash. Wash.
Davis and Conforto aren't the only high-profile prep teammates in the Evergreen State. Blake Snell has two teammates who also will likely wind up in college but show potential: righthander Kevin Moriarty and first baseman Trevor Mitsui. Mitsui put up great numbers this year (.712/.845/1.635) and has bat speed, but his tools don't match the statistics. He's sometimes too passive at the plate and is limited to first base, where he's a below-average defender with a below-average arm. He will likely wind up at Washington.
13 420 Tanner English OF St. James HS, Murrells Inlet, S.C. S.C.
English is more likely to get drafted now as he's at least a 70 runner on the 20-80 scale whose speed plays well in center field. He has an average throwing arm, and some scouts think he'll be an average hitter as well. He generates surprising bat speed despite his small stature. English has signed with South Carolina and would start as a freshman, replacing Bradley in center field, so he's considered a tough sign.
14 450 Matt Young OF Compton (Calif.) CC Calif.
15 480 Tyler Parmenter SS Cibola HS, Yuma, Ariz. Ariz.
Parmenter has a 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame and his best tool is his arm, which some scouts give a 70 on the 20-80 scale. He has touched 92 on the mound, and would play both ways if he gets to Arizona. He has power potential at the plate, but he's a bit raw and there are questions about whether he has the footwork and instincts to remain at shortstop.
16 510 Brett McAfee SS Pine Tree HS, Longview, Texas Texas
17 540 Taylor Motter SS Coastal Carolina S.C.
Motter is a solid, reliable defender at shortstop with a solid-average arm as well as good hands and footwork, making up for fringe-average speed. He has good instincts, draws plenty of walks and is a smart baserunner, and his ability to play short should make him the top draft pick on the Chanticleers.
18 570 Andy Bass RHP Davidson N.C.
Andy Bass worked out of the bullpen for Davidson with an 88-92 mph fastball and decent slider. There's some effort to his delivery, but he has a good frame at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds.
19 600 Matt Ramsey RHP Tennessee Tenn.
Teammate Matt Ramsey has bigger stuff, yet hardly pitched this year thanks to his catching and outfield duties as well as a forearm strain. At 6 feet, 200 pounds, Ramsey has strength and a quick arm that allows him to pump his fastball up to 98 mph, sitting at 94-97 in relief stints. He throws two different breaking balls, including a hammer curveball that flashes plus potential. Ramsey has 81 innings of college pitching experience and will need to refine his rough delivery, which probably led to his forearm strain when Tennessee tried to make him a starter. He could be drafted in the first 10 rounds if he has a clean bill of health.
20 630 Garret Smith SS Boston College Mass.
Garrett Smith played shortstop in his first two years at Boston College, but moved to catcher as a junior and profiles best as a reliever in the pros. As the Eagles' closer, Smith lit up radar guns with his lively mid-90s fastball from the right side. He also has a sharp, late-breaking curveball. Smith should get taken late, but one talent evaluator said it wouldn't surprise him if he pitches in the big leagues.
21 660 Ryan Terry 3B Monmouth N.J.
22 690 Brad Hendrix RHP Auburn Ala.
Among other Tigers, righthander Brad Hendrix has touched 96 mph from a low slot and has a fresh arm for a senior, having thrown just 28 innings this year (just eight in SEC play). He doesn't repeat his release point consistently enough to throw strikes
23 720 Matt Johnson OF Arkansas Tech Ark.
24 750 Charlie Cononie RHP Towson Md.
25 780 Brooks Belter RHP Occidental (Calif.) Calif.
26 810 Raymond Church 2B Florida Atlantic Fla.
27 840 Luke Irvine RHP Northwestern State La.
28 870 Blake Grant-Parks C Yuba City (Calif.) HS Calif.
29 900 Jonathan Koscso 2B South Florida Fla.
30 930 Chris Burgess RHP Black Hawk (Ill.) JC Ill.
Righthander Chris Burgess didn't get a ton of exposure at Black Hawk, an NJCAA Division II program, so the team that drafts him will probably monitor him this summer with the Northwoods League's Madison Mallards. A 6-foot-2, 201-pounder, Burgess pitches at 88-89 mph, touches 92 and flashes an average slider. He's a third-year sophomore who redshirted at Central Michigan in 2009.
31 960 Isaac Gil RHP Advanced Software Analysis (N.Y.) JC N.Y.
32 990 Ryan Turner RHP Tarleton State (Texas) Texas
Righthander Ryan Turner already has been drafted three times, twice by the Rays--in the 22nd round out of high school in 2007 and in the 30th round out of Midland (Texas) JC in 2008--and by the Braves in the 49th round out of McLennan (Texas) CC last year. He missed all of 2009 recovering from rotator-cuff surgery, but is back to throwing 88-92 mph with his fastball and complementing it with a good slider. He uses his 6-foot-5, 195-pound frame to throw the ball downhill. He's the grandson of Gerald Turner, who scouts for the Braves and is one of the winningest coaches in Texas high school baseball history.
33 1020 Dan Bream RHP Southern Arkansas Ark.
34 1050 Zach Butler RHP McNeese State La.
35 1080 Johnny Magliozzi RHP Dexter HS, Brookline, Mass. Mass.
Magliozzi is a 5-foot-9 righty who sits in the low 90s and can rev his fastball up to 95 thanks to great arm speed. Magliozzi comes from an athletic family of hockey players, and scouts loud his competitive attitude on the mound, saying he pitches like a bulldog. Magliozzi drops his arm angle on his secondary stuff to help create plane on his pitches. His changeup shows good fading action and he can spin a curveball, and both might be average offerings. Magliozzi repeated his sophomore year of high school and will be a draft-eligible freshman if he attends Florida. Because of his size and stuff, Magliozzi profiles as a back-end reliever, but he'll consistently have to command the ball and prove doubters wrong throughout his career.
36 1110 Dave Kubiak RHP Albany N.Y.
Kubiak has a massive, durable 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame, but he throws across his body and doesn't repeat his delivery, and the ball doesn't come out of his hand well. Kubiak has a decent changeup and not much of a breaking ball. He'll be a later pick as a senior sign.
37 1140 Tanner Poppe RHP Kansas Kan.
Baseball was righthander Tanner Poppe's third-best sport at Girard HS, where he was recruited by college football programs as a tight end and led the basketball team to consecutive Kansas 4-A runner-up finishes. He's still more of an intriguing athlete than a polished pitcher. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder has a low-90s sinker and flashes an average slider, but he lacks control and command and thus doesn't miss as many bats as he should. He's a draft-eligible sophomore, and his added leverage and his inconsistency could cause him to slide in the draft.
38 1170 Brandon Choate C Southern Arkansas Ark.
39 1200 T.J. Geith LHP Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
40 1230 Joe Perricone RHP Hersey HS, Arlington Heights, Ill. Ill.
Scouts regarded Joe Perricone as more of an outfield prospect with some bat potential and athleticism until he touched 93 mph with his fastball last summer. Now the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder's future is on the mound. A righthander, he has pitched at 88-92 mph with his fastball and at 76-79 mph with his breaking ball, though the latter is slurvy. While his delivery is clean, he gets offline away from the plate and loses his command. He's a Coastal Carolina recruit.
41 1260 Shay Crawford LHP Lee (Tenn.) Tenn.
42 1290 Mike Bourdon C Tampa Fla.
43 1320 Stayton Thomas RHP Texas Texas
44 1350 Jordan Leyland 1B UC Irvine Calif.
Leyland was an all-star in the Cape Cod league last summer, showing a feel for hitting with a wood bat and plus raw power. But he had a bad spring, struggling with his timing, rhythm and stride at the plate, and he's a fringy defender at first, causing the Anteaters to use him at DH for much of the season.
45 1380 Kevin Lusson C Texas Texas
46 1410 Max Rossiter C Central Arizona JC Ariz.
Rossiter, who is committed to Arizona State, has average arm strength and power, and the toughness to remain at catcher.
47 1440 Derek Vaughn RHP Texas Wesleyan Texas
48 1470 Brandon Liebrandt LHP Marist School, Atlanta Ga.
Brandon Liebrandt has a fastball in the upper 80s and a 6-foot-5, 185-pound frame that has some projection. He helped lead Marist High to the state 4-A championship, going 12-0. He's a Florida State recruit and considered a tough sign. He's the son of ex-Braves lefty Charlie Liebrandt.
49 1500 Alan Baldwin C Kailua (Hawaii) HS Hawaii
50 1529 Ian Tomkins C Abilene Christian (Texas) Texas