2011 Draft Report Card: Tampa Bay Rays
BEST PURE HITTER:
|Having 10 of the first 60 picks ensured the Rays a haul of talent. They got a mix of athletic prep players they are known for, tempered by safer college bets such as Mahtook and LHP Grayson Garvin (1s).
Bonus Spending: $11.5 million
Rays scouts love everything about SS Jake Hager (1), starting with his bat. He's a baseball rat with a good approach and handsy, line-drive swing, and he uses the whole field and has impressive consistency. BEST POWER HITTER:
The Rays have several power prospects, starting with OF Mikie Mahtook (1) and including OF Granden Goetzman (2) and 1B John Alexander (8). Mahtook has the best mix of present strength and power. FASTEST RUNNER:
Goetzman turns in 6.5-second times but ranks third in a class that includes Johnny Eierman (3), a 6.4-second runner in the 60, and OF James Harris (1s). BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
3B Tyler Goeddel (1s) earned the second-highest bonus in the class for his all-around tools, but the Rays really love his defense, including a strong, accurate arm and infield actions. He can handle short but fits better at third, where Riccio Torrez (4) also stands out.
Some scouts felt RHP Taylor Guerrieri (1) ranked only behind Oklahoma preps Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley as having the best pure stuff in the high school class. His fastball sits in the 93-96 mph range when he's at his best. BEST SECONDARY PITCH:
Guerrieri has two plus secondary pitches in a cutter that has touched 91-92 mph and a true power curve in the low 80s. RHP Lenny Linsky (2) has a power slider that can reach 89.
ODDS AND ENDSBEST PRO DEBUT:
The Rays have history with LHP Ryan Carpenter (7), having drafted him twice, and he threw well after finally signing, going 2-1, 0.76 with 26 strikeouts in 24 innings at short-season Hudson Valley. 3B/SS Taylor Motter (17) was a Rookie-level Appalachian League all-star after hitting .323/.436/.481 with 22 stolen bases. BEST ATHLETE:
Goetzman and Harris share the honors, but Alexander and Eierman have fast-twitch athleticism as well. MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:
C Matt Rice (9) was a Rhodes Scholar finalist in 2010. Goeddel's older brother Erik pitched at UCLA and now is in the Mets system. 1B Cam Seitzer (11) is the son of Kevin, who led the American League in hits in 1987 and hit .295 over 12 big league seasons. He's now Kansas City's hitting coach. CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:
Mahtook, who's making his debut in the Arizona Fall League. BEST LATE-ROUND PICK:
Motter fits the utility infielder profile well. Seitzer has potential as well as he taps into the power in his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame. He hit 11 homers at Rookie-level Princeton after hitting four in the spring for Oklahoma. THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY:
3B/RHP J.D. Davis (5) will go both ways at Cal State Fullerton; the Rays picked him for his power and might have tried him at catcher. Speedy OF Tanner English (13) couldn't resist the lure of two-time national champion South Carolina.