Last night, the Rays made two picks. If you missed the posts on the new additions, check them out here:
The Rays can spend up to $6,591,300 on their picks. Let's just say that Whitley signs for the recommended value of $2,962,100, and Betts really did demand $2,500,000. That would leave a little less than $1.75 million to play with, including the roughly $659,130 they can go over their limit without incurring a penalty. That would mean either a lot of seniors today, or Betts really didn't ask for that much. Right now, I would expect the latter.
Day 2 action starts at 1 PM, and teams will draft through the 10th round. MLB.com has a useful tracker, and that includes a video stream that features some analysis.
I like what the Rays did with their two picks yesterday. Whitley slipped a few more picks than expected, and Betts is a talented player and great value.
Some other teams I thought did a good job were Cleveland, taking Brady Aiken in the first round and a pair of high school arms later. Aiken is obviously a huge risk, as is Triston McKenzie, their second pick, but Juan Hillman is pretty safe as far as prep pitchers go.
Colorado may have gotten the top player in the draft at No. 3 in Brendan Rogers, and Mike Nikorak is a potential steal at No. 27. Tyler Nevin seems like a reach, but then they came back with Peter Lambert, another high school arm.
Houston manipulated the system to its advantage to land Daz Cameron, the Cardinals got a nice trio of high school players in Nick Plummer, Jake Woodford and Bryce Denton, and I think Andrew Friedman's first draft in Los Angeles is off to a nice start with three college arms in four picks.
Here are some of the top players remaining on Baseball America's big board:
High school arms
21. RHP Donnie Everett: Everett has size and impressive fastball velocity. Some concerns about his changeup, delivery and commitment to Vanderbilt mean we might be talking about him again in the 2018 draft.
34. RHP Dakota Chalmers: Super Nintendo Chalmers can also fire his fastball, throws a pair of breaking balls and is working on a changeup. Throwing strikes has been an issue.
39. LHP Justin Hooper: At 6-foot-7, Hooper is a big guy with big stuff. He's rumored to have a high price tag, so we will probably see him at UCLA for the next three seasons.
High school bats
35. SS Jalen Miller: He has the athleticism and hands to play shortstop, but his arm may not allow for it. He is a good contact hitter but won't have much power.
41. OF Demi Orimoloye: Orimoloye has some great tools from his power to his speed, but he's raw and needs to figure out how to hit.
62. 1B Kolton Kendrick: Kendrick's power is among the best in the class, but he's first base only and may not hit.
23. RHP Mike Matuella: Once considered a No. 1 candidate, a back injury and Tommy John surgery ended his season quickly. It's assumed that at this point he may not be signable, but is that really the case? *Drafted 78th overall by the Texas Rangers
37. RHP Jacob Nix: Nix should be an Astro, but his bonus was lost in last year's Aiken kerfuffle. He reached an undisclosed settlement, and now he's back after a year at the IMG Academy. He has an above-average fastball and improving secondary offerings. *Drafted 86th overall by the Miami Marlins
44. RHP David Hill: Hill has three solid pitches, and he only yielded 66 hits in 100 1/3 innings.
46. OF Joe McCarthy: A back injury sapped McCarthy's already pedestrian power this season, but he has a good approach, athleticism and can make good contact.
65. SS Blake Trahan: In a deep shortstop draft, Trahan slipped a bit. He's a good athlete and can hit a bit.
68. C Austin Rei: They won't take another catcher, will they? *Drafted 81st overall by the Boston Red Sox
Day 2 Picks:
3rd Round - Brandon Lowe, 2B - University of Maryland
4th Round - Brandon Koch, RHP - Dallas Baptist University
5th Round - Joe McCarthy, RF - University of Virginia
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