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McKay Official A Ray
OFFICIAL: The #Rays have signed their first overall draft pick, LHP/1B Brendan McKay.
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 28, 2017
Brendan McKay, the Louisville two-way star who was our College Player of the Year, on Tuesday officially signed with the Rays, who made him the fourth overall pick on June 12. The slot value for that pick was $6,153,600 but the lefthander/first baseman reportedly got $7,007,500, a record bonus in the current draft slotting system. He’ll begin his career at short-season Hudson Valley, and the Rays say they’ll let him pitch and play first, at least initially.
The Florida Gators are the Kings of College Baseball! 👑 pic.twitter.com/kSoJVbCQDM
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 28, 2017
RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY
A good tarp pull by a solid grounds crew is like a dance. The Red Sox’s grounds crew looked smooth as silk Tuesday night in a delay against the Twins
— Tim Neverett (@TimNeverett) June 28, 2017
How impactful has Tommy John surgery been to the game of baseball? Enough that there is now a bobblehead giveaway planned as an homage to the procedure that has saved many an elbow, and career.
— Potomac Nationals (@PNats42) June 27, 2017
STARRY, STARRY NIGHT (AND DAYS)
The Tournament of Stars rounds up some of the best high school talent in the country, and with it taking place in BA’s backyard in Cary, N.C., BA staffers are giving it blanket coverage. We’ll have full coverage all week, which you can find here.
Will Banfield (Ga.) cranks a double off of Matthew Liberatore to RFC: pic.twitter.com/B8CrKNHSdD
— Shawn McFarland (@McFarland_Shawn) June 27, 2017
PAT ON THE BACK
Carlos Collazo has the high school beat covered, and on Tuesday he unveiled the High School Player of the Year and All-America teams; Also on Tuesday, with July 2 just around the corner, Ben Badler unveiled his top 50 international prospects list and scouting reports.