Rays Draft Recap, Rounds 2-15
Like Day 1 in the MLB Draft, Day 2 also had a slow-paced feel to it for the Rays. The Rays picked one player per round in rounds 2-15 Tuesday, in a day that the Rays snagged a handful of athletic upside prospects with raw talent. Here’s a review of all the Rays picks from Day 2:
Round 2 (88th overall): Spencer Edwards, SS/OF, 4/7/1993
School: Rockwall HS (Texas)
Scouting Report (via MLB.com): Edwards has incredible speed and great range at shortstop but might be better suited in center field. He has great arm strength and more than enough speed to play there. At the plate, he is still a bit raw but possesses great bat speed that could mean more power in the future. Just about every team in baseball would love to have a switch-hitting center fielder with game-changing speed and the ability to add more power.
ETA: Around 2017
Round 3 (119th overall): Andrew Toles, OF, 5/24/1992
School: Chipola College (JC)
Scouting Report: The son of a former first-round NFL pick, Toles is a great athlete with speed and overall defense. His small frame doesn’t produce much power at all, but he has the ability to hit for average. Toles can be to compared to Braves CF Michael Bourn and Twins OF Ben Revere. He was ranked 102 overall by Baseball America, which is a higher ranking than Spencer Edwards (175).
Round 4 (152nd overall): Nolan Gannon, RHP, 11/3/1993
School: Santa Fe Christian HS (California)
Scouting Report (via PerfectGame.org): Nolan Gannon is a 2012 RHP with a 6-5 195 lb. frame from San Diego, CA who attends Santa Fe Christian HS. Profile pitcher’s build, long lean and projectable. Full hands over head delivery, high compact arm action, arm works well out front, good downhill angle to pitches. Steady 90-92 mph fastball, maintains velocity very well, good boring action on fastball when down. Raises release point on curveball to get over it, good spin and depth, 12/6 shape, will have to work on consistent release point to avoid tipping pitch to advanced hitters. Still developing change up. Very good right now and should keep getting better. Good student.
Round 5 (182nd overall): Bralin Jackson, OF, 12/2/1993
School: Raytown South HS (Mo.)
Scouting Report: I thought it was the coolest thing that the Rays drafted someone from a place called ‘Raytown’. Jackson’s a toolsy outfielder with good upside. He has good bat speed, but needs to work on his approach at the plate.
Round 6 (212nd overall): Damion Carroll, RHP, 1/31/1994
School: King George HS (Va.)
Scouting Report (via MLB.com): Coming from a small school in Virginia, Carroll doesn’t have a Division I commitment. This, however, only makes teams more interested because of signability. The big righty throws his fastball from 91-94 mph and has touched 95. Carroll is considerably raw and has below-average secondary pitches that include a power curve and a changeup. Because of his signability, large frame, and upside, Carroll could come off the board fairly early in the Draft.
Round 7 (242nd overall): Marty Gantt, OF, 2/11/1990
School: College of Charleston
Scouting Report: Gantt was born with an underdeveloped right hand, but it didn’t stop him from hitting .373/.483/.614 with 46 RBI and 29 stolen bases for the College of Charleston this season. He has solid skills, and hopefully his perseverance will one day carry him to the big leagues.
Round 8 (272nd overall): Luke Maile, C/1B, 2/6/1991
School: University of Kentucky
Scouting Report (via BaseballAmerica): 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.
Round 9 (302nd overall): Joseph Rickard, OF, 5/21/1991
School: University of Arizona
Scouting Report (via CollegeBaseballDaily.com): Rickard stepped right into the Wildcats lineup as a freshman playing in all 58 games (57 starts) hitting .307 with eight homers and 51 RBI. He also led the squad with 13 stolen bases in 21 attempts.
He continued his strong college career as a sophomore finishing second on the squad with a .347 batting average while hitting four homers and driving in 37 runs. He finished second on the team with 16 stolen bases in 24 attempts.
Rickard spent the summer of 2011 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. He appeared in a total of 44 games with a .300 batting average and 18 RBI. He also chipped in 15 stolen bases on the summer. Joey was named a CCBL All-Star playing at the 2011 Cape Cod League All-Star game at Fenway Park as he went 0-1 in the game.
Round 10 (332nd overall): Sean Bierman, LHP, 10/20/1988
School: University of Tampa
Scouting Report: The first southpaw selected by the Rays in this draft, Bierman doesn’t have great stuff and doesn’t have a future as a starter.
Round 11 (362nd overall): Clayton Henning, CF, 11/9/1993
School: St. Thomas Aquinas HS (Kan.)
Scouting Report: Not much information that I can provide you with here, but word on the street is that he has speed. “I ran a 6.4 (60-yard dash),” he said yesterday during an interview. He hit .434 in his junior year, and is committed to the University of Dayton.
Round 12 (392nd overall): Taylor Hawkins, C, 9/17/1993
School: Carl Albert HS (Oklahoma)
Scouting Report: Hawkins is an athletic catcher with big-time home run power.
Round 13 (422nd overall): Dylan Floro, RHP, 12/27/1990
School: Cal-State Fullerton
Scouting Report: Drafted by the Rays already in 2009, Floro went 10-4 with a 2.83 ERA in his junior year with Cal-State Fullerton.
Round 14 (452nd overall): Christopher Kirsch, LHP, 11/15/1991
School: Lackawanna College (JC)
Scouting Report: Another lefty, Kirsch has four pitches in his arsenal and can throws a fastball up into the lower 90′s. He was ranked No. 316 overall by Baseball America.
Round 15 (482nd overall): Willian Gabay, RHP, 7/3/1991
School: Herkimer County CC
Scouting Report: A undersized right-hander, Gabay can throw between 91-94 and will quickly find himself in the bullpen.