With the sixtieth pick of the Draft the Rays picked Riley Unroe, a 6 foot tall, 180 pound switch-hitting shortstop out of Desert Ridge HS, Mesa Arizona.
Having already picked a probable over-slot player with RHP Ryne Stanek, many of us thought that the Rays were likely looking to draft someone they could easily sign to an under-slot contract. The didn't. Unroe was rated 56th overall by Baseball America, and John Sickels ranked him as the 19th best hitter on his draft board. Unroe has a commitment to the University of Southern California, and Sickels has lists him as a player with signability concerns.
The son of a former major league first baseman, Unroe, who has soft hands and a strong arm, may be able to stick at shortstop, but he's also fast enough to possibly move to center field if need be (a possible move to second base is a given). Scouting reports praise his great bat speed, with Baseball America projecting 12-15 HRs as a pro.
That's all for tonight. See y'all tomorrow with analysis of the first two rounds, and more picks to be made.