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2014 MLB draft: Rays select RHP Cameron Varga

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Cameron Varga did not allow an earned run this season

No pick of Cameron Varga in the editor
No pick of Cameron Varga in the editor

With the 60th pick, the Rays selected Cameron Varga, a right-handed pitcher from Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.

Baseball America tidbit ($):

In his most recent start of the season, Varga held his velocity better, sitting 90-94. His curveball is one of the better breaking balls in the amateur ranks, with at least plus potential.

Keith Law tidbit ($):

That being said, there's No. 3 starter stuff here, with a chance for more if the breaking ball shows more consistent depth.

MLB.com report:

Varga has a terrific pitcher's build, tall but not too tall at 6-foot-3 and strong at 205 pounds, and he's athletic as well. He delivers 90-95 mph fastballs with good life and an easy delivery, making his heater appear to jump on hitters at the plate. He also has some power to curveball that could be a plus pitch in the future, and he shows some aptitude for throwing a changeup as well.

There are two minor red flags with Varga. He missed much of the summer showcase circuit with biceps tendinitis, though he has been healthy all spring. Additionally, he'll turn 20 two months after the 2014 Draft, making him one of the oldest players in the high school class. Neither concern should keep him out of the top two rounds in June, however.

His tools according to that report: Fastball (60), Curveball (60), Changeup (45), Control (50)

MLB.com video

Baseball Prospectus video

I think this is a nice pick.  It's right around where he was supposed to go according to rankings from pundits, and pitching depth is always good.