Tampa Bay Rays

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 25 Richie Shaffer 3B Clemson S.C. $1,710,000
Shaffer was a candidate for the first two rounds of the 2009 coming out of high school in Charlotte, and he dazzled scouts with his batting practice sessions because of his leveraged swing and plus raw power. But a broken hamate bone dropped him to the 25th round, and he declined to sign with the Dodgers and headed to Clemson. Three years later he was leading Clemson's offense with a .351/.481/.600 line and nine home runs, and more walks (47) than strikeouts (39), so his bat should get him into the first round. From a lean, 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame, Shaffer has big-time power that hasn't been affected by college baseball's less-potent bats. He also hits for average, succeeding even against premium velocity, and can use the whole field. He has a chance to stay at third and has the arm strength for the position, but most teams see him moving to first base. His arm and power would also profile in right field, and some teams like him better there.
2 88 Spencer Edwards OF Rockwall (Texas) HS Texas $554,400
At the outset of 2012, Edwards was more highly regarded than Rockwall teammate Steve Bean, who seemed destined to attend Texas. Now their positions have been reversed, with Bean figuring to go in the first two rounds and Edwards unlikely to go high enough to prevent him from becoming a Longhorn. If Edwards doesn't sign, he'll be draft-eligible as a 21-year-old sophomore in 2014. A switch-hitter, he stands out for his plus-plus speed and quick bat. He could develop gap power once he fills out his 6-foot, 180-pound frame, though a hitch in his swing leads to concerns about his offensive ceiling. Edwards plays shortstop at Rockwall but likely will move to center field at Texas or in pro ball. He has enough arm for shortstop but tends to flip his throws too much, and his hands are too hard for the infield.
3 119 Andrew Toles OF Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla. $394,200
Toles was part of the deep Georgia prep class of 2010 and was a fourth-round pick of the Marlins that June. He didn't sign and went to Tennessee, where his father Alvin and uncle Johnnie Jones played football. Alvin Toles, a linebacker, was a first-round pick in the NFL draft in 1985, and his son could go that high in the baseball draft thanks to his unique tools. A 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, he has tremendous speed and earns comparisons to Braves center fielder Michael Bourn for his overall tools. He's a well above-average runner who knows how to use his speed defensively and on the bases, where he can be an aggressive basestealer. He also has a solid-average arm. Toles lacks power yet has enough strength to fight off good fastballs. Scouts say he plays with energy and has shown a good work ethic, but he was dismissed last fall from the program at Tennessee, where talent like his is in short supply, and has had been benched and suspended at Chipola JC this spring. Signability will determine whether Toles goes out in the first four rounds as expected, but the weak class of college hitters should allow him to go out higher than he did out of high school.
4 152 Nolan Gannon RHP Santa Fe Christian HS, Solana Beach, Calif. Calif. $202,500
Gannon, a San Diego State signee, is similar to Conor Baits--a bid-bodied righthander with some arm strength. Like Baits, the 6-foot-5, 195-pound Gannon hasn't distinguished himself this spring, but he has flashed potential. Gannon works in the 87-90 range, bumping 91, with some run. His 73-78 mph curveball has promising downer action at times and is slurvy at others, but the pitch is improving and could become an average offering. He also has a serviceable changeup that needs improvement. Scouts question Gannon's delivery, which features a high front side, a short stride, a lack of extension out front and some recoil. His stuff could jump if he improves his mechanics.
5 182 Bralin Jackson OF Raytown (Mo.) South HS Mo. $322,500
Scouts generally aren't enamored with position players who throw lefthanded and bat righthanded, but they made an exception for Jackson, who has a nice array of tools. His most impressive is his bat speed, which gives him plus power potential. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder also has solid speed and arm strength, and a chance to play center field if he improves his routes. Jackson's athleticism stands out more than his instincts and he's raw at the plate. Most scouts see him as a player who will need two years in Rookie ball, which could drop him far enough in the draft to drive him to the University of Missouri.
6 212 Damion Carroll RHP King George (Va.) HS Va. $187,500
Carroll is a good example of the adage, "If you're good, they'll find you." He was absent from the showcase circuit and pitched for his American Legion team last summer, but plenty of scouts were in on him this spring. An excellent athlete who also excels in basketball, Carroll is raw but physical at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, drawing comparisons to a young Lee Smith. He has a strong arm and sits in the low 90s, touching 95 mph. His secondary stuff needs work, but he has shown two breaking balls with at least average potential. His curveball has power tilt with tight, three-quarters break when it's on. His changeup will need work. The jury seems to be split on Carroll and he lost some steam later in the season, but he has no Division I college commitment and should be signable in the fourth to sixth round.
7 242 Marty Gantt OF College of Charleston S.C. $17,500
Gannt makes for a good human interest story as his righthand is underdeveloped, leaving him without fingertips. It hasn't impeded his game, though, as he hit .375/.485/.612 line and 10 home runs in 224 at-bats. He's shown he can handle the bat and has a solid-average arm and speed.
8 272 Luke Maile C/1B Kentucky Ky. $133,200
Maile is the biggest power threat on a Kentucky team that won its first 22 games and led the Southeastern Conference for much of the regular season. A 6-foot-3, 220-pound righthanded hitter, Maile has good strength and made some needed adjustments at the plate this year without compromising his solid pop. He has shortened his swing, made more consistent contact and caught up to better fastballs. He has good patience at the plate. Offense definitely is the strength of Maile's game, and scouts remain unconvinced that he can catch regularly in pro ball. He has shared duties behind the plate the last two years with Michael Williams while also seeing extensive time at first base. Maile has average arm strength but a long release, and he doesn't look pretty as a receiver. To his credit, he did throw out 56 percent of basestealers during the regular season. He also moves well enough to make left field a possible destination.
9 302 Joey Rickard OF Arizona Ariz. $122,500
Rickard tracks the ball really well in center field, the position he's played for the Wildcats since he was a freshman. He's been a steady player all three years, has a leadoff-hitter's approach and led the Pacific 12 Conference in stolen bases. Rickard bats righthanded and throws lefthanded, so he's limited to the outfield and profiles best in a backup role. Scouts and coaches love Rickard's makeup and leadership.
10 332 Sean Bierman LHP Tampa Fla. $5,000
Bierman's college career began at Vanderbilt, where he pitched 60 innings over two seasons. He transferred to Tampa and is a fifth-year senior who has battled through a long injury history that includes Tommy John surgery after the 2010 season, causing him to miss 2011. He returned to go 8-3, 2.27 this season and showed above-average control despite his past surgery, walking just 11 and striking out 85 in 83 innings. A 42nd-round pick back in 2007 by the Reds, he's a four-pitch strike-thrower who throws a fastball, changeup, curve and slider.
11 362 Clayton Henning OF St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Overland Park, Kan. Kan. $100,000
12 392 Taylor Hawkins C Albert HS, Midwest City, Okla. Okla. $272,500
Two years ago, Carl Albert High produced a third-round pick in shortstop J.T. Realmuto, who hit 28 homers and set a national record with 119 RBIs. He since has moved behind the plate in the Marlins system, and one of the reasons he didn't catch at Carl Albert was the presence of Hawkins. Hawkins matched Realmuto with 28 homers this spring, including one in an Oklahoma 5-A state championship-game victory, and finished his career with 74, one short of Jeff Clement's national record. Righthanded power is the 6-foot, 200-pounder's most obvious tool, though he also has some arm strength and is more athletic than most catchers. He needs to clean up his defense behind the plate and is likely headed to college. Hawkins has committed to both Grayson County (Texas) CC and Oklahoma.
13 422 Dylan Floro RHP Cal State Fullerton Calif. $100,000
As a high school senior in Atwater, Calif., in 2009, Floro ranked as the No. 103 on BA's Top 200 Prospects list for the draft, but scouts say his stuff and mechanics have gone backward at Cal State Fullerton. He has performed at a high level anyway, anchoring the Titans rotation as a junior this spring, affirming his reputation as a competitor and a winner. Over the years, Floro's delivery has morphed from conventional, to funky, to downright out of whack. Scouts aren't as concerned with his extreme coil at the start of his delivery as they are with his crow-hop finish and violent recoil. His funkiness does add deception and life, helping his 88-91 mph fastball (which sometimes tickles 92 early in games) play up. Floro used to have a plus slider, but scouts now consider it a fringy offering in the 76-79 mph range. He has worked hard on developing his changeup in the last year, but it still rates as just another fringy offering. Floro's delivery causes scouts to project him as a reliever, and his good command, deception, movement and savvy give him a chance to be a big leaguer.
14 452 Chris Kirsch LHP Lackawanna (Pa.) JC Pa. $100,000
Kirsch has had two chances to sign already, as a pop-up prospect out of high school in Pennsylvania and after his first year with Lackawanna, so scouts wonder about his desire to play pro ball but can't turn away from his potential. He has arm strength that can get his fastball up to 92 mph from the left side and he has some projection remaining in his 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame. He also throws a curveball, slider and changeup, all showing the potential to be average pitches.
15 482 Willie Gabay RHP Herkimer County (N.Y.) JC N.Y.
At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, Gabay isn't very imposing on the mound, but he's athletic and looks like he could play shortstop or center field. But that won't be necessary as he has a quick arm that generates a fastball that sits 91-94 mph. He has fringy secondary stuff, but his slider is serviceable. He was 6-1, 2.62 in 58 innings for the Generals with 91 strikeouts and 37 walks. He'll need to tone down the walks, but he stuff plays up out of the bullpen, where he profiles best.
16 512 Tommy Coyle 2B North Carolina N.C.
17 542 Ryan Dunn 3B Oregon State Ore.
18 572 Kevin Brandt LHP East Carolina N.C.
19 602 Miguel Beltran 1B Oklahoma City Okla.
20 632 R.J. Davis RHP Sacramento State Calif.
Davis is a fifth-year senior who was previously at Sacramento CC and then Oral Roberts. He offers good size (6-foot-3 and 225 pounds) and a fastball that has been up to 96 mph. He shows flashes of a plus slider, but has below-average command and will need to move quickly because of his age.
21 662 Jon Weaver RHP Central Michigan Mich.
22 692 Willie Argo OF Illinois Ill.
23 722 Reid Redman 3B Texas Tech Texas
24 752 Daniel Duran 3B Cal State Los Angeles Calif.
25 782 Jordan Harrison LHP Louisiana-Lafayette La.
26 812 Jason Wilson RHP Western Oregon Ore.
27 842 Alex Keudell RHP Oregon Ore.
Keudell did not sign with the Twins as a 38th-round draft pick last year, returned to the Ducks and has been the team's ace as a senior. He was named Pacific-12 Conference pitcher of the year after going 10-4, 2.12 with 65 strikeouts and 26 walks over 110 innings. He gets things done mostly with funk and deception. His fastball sits in the 85-87 mph range and tops out at 89. He gets good sink on his pitches, but scouts aren't in love with his delivery. Keudell mixes in a slider and a changeup and stays away from the middle of the plate, as he gave up just one home run all season.
28 872 Dayne Quist LHP UC Davis Calif.
29 902 Keaton Steele RHP Iowa Western JC Iowa
30 932 Michael Williams C Kentucky Ky.
31 962 Taylor Ward C Shadow Hills HS, Indio, Calif. Calif.
Ward has his supporters as one of the better prep catchers in Southern California's jumbled collection of raw backstops. His best tool is his plus arm strength, but he needs to quicken his exchange and release to make better use of it. He has plenty of learning to do as a receiver and blocker, but he is a decent athlete and has shown aptitude for it. Scouts have trouble evaluating his bat because he faces soft competition out in the desert. He has at least a chance to be a solid doubles hitter because his righthanded swing has some fluidity.
32 992 Ben Kline SS Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fla.
33 1022 Luke Goodgion RHP Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
34 1052 Ryan Garton RHP Florida Atlantic Fla.
35 1082 Kris Carlson RHP Colorado Mesa Colo.
36 1112 Brett McAfee SS Panola (Texas) JC Texas
37 1142 Rob Finneran RHP Bentley (Mass.) Mass.
38 1172 Chad Nacapoy C Cal State Los Angeles Calif.
39 1202 Geoff Rowan C Northwestern Ill.
40 1232 Nick Sawyer RHP Howard (Texas) JC Texas
Sawyer was 5-foot-11 and topped out at 91 mph in high school, and while he hasn't gotten any taller in two years at Howard, he has added some serious velocity. The 185-pounder has a lightning-fast arm that produces fastballs that sit at 92-93 mph and peak at 96. He gets too concerned with radar guns however, throwing at maximum effort and losing command. He also throws a hard slider and profiles strictly as a reliever. Sawyer has been drafted twice previously, by the Reds in the 37th round in 2010 and by the Rangers in the 23rd round last year. He originally planned on transferring to Oklahoma in 2012 before returning to Howard, and he'll play at Oregon in 2013 if he doesn't turn pro.