The Rays Tank: MLB Draft Draws Nigh, Rays Pick 25th

Is it just me, or does the MLB Draft feel a little anti-climatic this year? I feel like we got spoiled last year with the Rays' 10 first round draft picks -- it got me super excited for the draft and counting down to it for months, and I was the most well-read going into a draft that I have ever been. This year, though? The Rays have one measly first round draft pick -- 25th overall -- and I haven't been able to rouse myself to quite the same extent.

Despite the number of picks, though, the draft is always an incredibly important day for the Rays. Young talent is the lifeblood of this organization, and barring trades, the draft is the main way for the Rays to bring in new talent to the organization. Tonight may not be quite as busy as last year, but it's still a big deal.

There's a new twist added in this year, though: there's a new signing bonus system in place due to the new CBA. The Rays have a specific amount of money that they are allowed to spend on each of their draft picks, and if they go too far above the set price, they'll have to pay a draft tax and could potentially forfeit a pick. Here's Andrew Friedman talking about how it may impact things this year:

"I think with the guys that we're most interested in, it's not going to be a problem at all," Friedman said. "The only challenge is that it's going to limit our flexibility late in the draft. We've basically drafted guys normally through the first six-seven-eight rounds and then taken some guys we have interest in later in the draft and basically continue to scour them through the summer and set aside money to be as aggressive as we could on those guys. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out."

Friedman is reserving his judgement on the system -- or at least, he's not publicly stating that he dislikes it -- but I'm somewhat afraid that this is going to come back and hurt small market teams. Sure, this will also prevent large-market teams from dominating the draft through their spending advantage, but that actually hadn't been happening all that much of late. Instead, this system is really going to penalize the small market teams that go big into the draft in order to give themselves some sort of a leg up.

But anyway, on to the links. There are a copious amount of mock drafts out right now, so I'll include some links to a number of draft resources below. But in the meantime, be sure to check out DRB's own mock draft. We'll be posting the final installment this morning, and it'll include the Rays pick so be sure to check it out.

In This Article

Topics
Teams
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join DRaysBay

You must be a member of DRaysBay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at DRaysBay. You should read them.

Join DRaysBay

You must be a member of DRaysBay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at DRaysBay. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker