With the Draft scheduled to begin this coming Monday, it's crunch time. It sounds as though while people were earlier discussing this draft class as one of the best of the last 10 years, that perception has changed over the last few weeks. Now people still saying that it's a very deep draft class (especially with pitchers), but it doesn't have the high-end talent we've seen in other drafts.
Not that this affects the Rays; with so many late first round picks, the depth of talent is really the most important thing. But anyway, enough with my blathering, let's get to the updates:
- Rays Prospects has been churning out draft-related content over the past few weeks, and BurGi has been keeping us up to date with all the important mock drafts out there. His most recent update is here, and I particularly liked his summary graphic:
- Two names that keep coming up when talking about the Rays' picks are second baseman Kolten Wong and pitcher Jose Fernandez. RJ Anderson recently profiled both Wong and Fernandez at The Process Report, so check 'em out.
- Andrew Friedman has been making plenty of public appearances recently, appearing in both a press conference the other day and on the Rays game broadcast, but sadly, he's been as tight-lipped as ever. He hasn't given away any juicy tidbits, much like you'd expect and hope, but stresses that the Rays are going to take the best player available with every pick and that they have the money to sign their picks. Or as he's said, "The process remains largely the same - we just have more picks."
If the Rays are going to be taking the best player available with their picks, my assumption is they're going to end up with a decent number of pitchers. You can never have too many pitching prospects, and this is a very pitching-heavy draft toward the top (or so they say).
- Anything I'm missing? Feel free to share more stuff in the comments.