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Tampa Bay Rays Select Luke Bailey in Round Four

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For those who wanted a HS catcher...



Luke Bailey is a 2009 C/3B with a 6'0'', 195 lb. frame from LaGrange, GA who attends Troup HS. Bailey can flat out play. He is outstanding behind the plate with a big arm(84) and a 1.73 pop time. He is not just an excellent catch and throw guy but he has big power at the plate. He is very strong and can drive the ball to all fields. He is short to the ball with good bat speed and excellent power. To top of his total package he also ran 6.89 sixty. He has legitimate 5 tool potential and is a top 2009 follow and will create strong 2009 draft interest. He is also a good student. Aflac All American

Bailey had Tommy John Surgery in April, otherwise he would've been off the board long ago.

Bailey has a good, strong swing.  I grade his present bat-speed at 45 and his raw power at 40/55.  But he was chasing and not making any adjustments.  The tools are there to become a solid-average big league hitter (ie.  275-15HR) but his approach was far from that today. 

He has the athleticism to play all over the diamond.  I can see him at third base, second base, and the outfield, but his abilities as a receiver give him a niche behind the plate.  (He also shows the personality and aggressiveness of a catcher, incurring and creating contact on two controversial plays at the plate.)  Though I didn't get a running time on Saturday, Bailey is a present 40 runner who ran a 7.21 60 yard-dash in Lakeland last August.

I guess we know what the Rays type is in this draft.