With so many draft picks coming up in the 2011 draft, I thought it would be beneficial to take a look back at the Rays drafts under AF and see if anything sticks out.
I don't know how many players you should hit on in a given draft, but if you can produce not 1, but 2 top 10 MLB prospects (according to BA), that's pretty good. Add in a servicable arm in Cobb, and it's hard to argue with this draft.
2007: David Price - 1st, Nick Barnese - 3rd, Matt Moore - 8th, Joe Cruz - 30th
I'm not sure that you can have a better draft for arms. I'm not sure the Rays have ever had this successful of a draft for pitching. The full success can't be measured until we see Barnese and Moore at the MLB level. Cruz has posted solid numbers so far, but doesn't appear to have the upside of the three drafted before him. Still a pretty good hit for a 30th round pick.
2008: Tim Beckham - 1st, Kyle Lobstein - 2nd
As others have said around here, this year's draft seems to be the weakest. If I am correct, Rangers prospect Tanner Scheppers was available at the time of the Lobstein pick. Jury is still out (as it will be for all of these years for the most part) on Beckham and company, but early indications are not that appealing.
2009: Todd Glaesman - 3rd, Lucas Bailey - 4th, Jeff Malm - 5th, Kevin James - 9th, Tyler Bortnick - 16th
Rays went very HS focused in this draft, which means there isn't much to evaluate yet at this point. Bortnick has gotten off to a good start to his career and hopefully more good things to come.
2010: Jose Sale, Justin O'Connor, Jake Thompson, Drew Vettleson, Derek Dietrich, Jesse Hahn
Plenty of promising players in this past year's draft. Can't wait to see some of these guys get their first pro experience this year (Sale, I'm talking about you)
So far we've seen the Rays can draft pitchers and draft them well. Longoria and Jennings highlight the hitters. Maybe not a lot of quantity, but definitely good quality.
What do you think of the Rays drafts so far?