SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 07: MLB commissioner Bud Selig announces Bryce Harper as the first overall pick to the Washington Nationals during the MLB First Year Player Draft on June 7, 2010 held in Studio 42 at the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Kevin will have his thoughts on the draft up a bit later, but until then, I figured I'd shoot out a quick summary on the Rays' picks from last night. Things moved quickly last night and we posted a lot of scouting reports, so it was easy to get lost within the piles and piles of writing that was being thrown out there. So without further ado, here are the Rays 10 first-round picks in the 2011 Draft:
B.A. = Baseball America
It's pretty obvious to tell that the Rays reached a lot in the middle section of the draft. They definitely got good deals on the bookends -- even though Harris isn't ranked within BA's top 200, Goldstein is very high on him -- but some of those middle picks leave you scratching your head. Were they sign-able guys, and the Rays tried to balance reaching for top talent with cheaper players? Or are the Rays simply much higher on these players than other places? Baseball America, while excellent, is far from infallible - it's entirely possible the Rays saw things in these players that they believed would cause them to be underrated by most people.
Anyhoo, Kevin's thoughts on the draft will be up shortly, and he's a much more knowledgeable source on this than I am. For now, just start acquainting yourself with these names: we're going to be talking about them for a long time.