Draft Dope: Devil Rays
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R.J. Harrison (first year: 2006)Order in 2007 Rotation:
Having never won more than 70 games in the major leagues, the Rays always pick high, meaning they always have to spend a lot of money on a premium pick. They've picked No. 1 overall twice before--1999 (Josh Hamilton) and 2003 (Delmon Young)--but don't seem like a fit for a toolsy prep outfielder this time. After trending toward high school players for years, the Rays have taken a college player with their top pick three years in a row. This Year's Outlook:
If the Rays don't take David Price of Vanderbilt first overall, it will be a major upset. Getting him signed early may be a challenge, but the Rays have previously worked with Price's agent, Bo McKinnis, with 2001 first-rounder Dewon Brazelton. Scouting director R.J. Harrison also had worked hard on the Rays' second pick at No. 66 overall.