Tonight, mock drafts were ruined very early when Kris Bryant went second, Hunter Dozier went to the Royals, and Phil Bickford went to the Jays.
But it turns out many of the mock drafters were correct in picking Nick Ciuffo to go to the Rays at the 21st overall pick. With pitchers such as Ryan Stanek, Ian Clarkin, and Alex Gonzalez on the board, it looked like the Rays might decide to pass on Ciuffo. Instead, they went with the player they have been rumored to be scouting heavily for weeks.
Ciuffo is a catcher from Lexington High School in South Carolina. Baseball America rated him the #22 prospect in the draft while ESPN rated him 18th best prospect. He was expected to be picked in this range and should sign around slot.
Scott previewed him several days ago:
Ciuffo immediately becomes the Rays' best catching prospect.
Baseball America has been releasing some free content on the first round picks, so click here to read their report on Ciuffo.
Welcome to the Rays organization, Nick Ciuffo! The Rays pick next at #29.