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2015 MLB Draft: Rays select college OF Joe McCarthy

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In the 5th round of the MLB draft, the Rays have selected one of the architects of the 'Red Scare', Joe McCarthy. He's a left-handed right fielder for the University of Virginia, who's all of 6'3 and weighs 225 lbs. A year removed from a trip to the World Series, he missed the majority of this past season due to back surgery, but if he had been healthy, likely would of been in the upper rounds.

McCarthy's currently 21 years old and will turn 22 next February. He was ranked 53rd on Kiley's board.

Over the course of three seasons at Virginia, he slashed .303/.431/.426 with 11 HR and 25 stolen bases in 115 games. McCarthy is a junior, so he has the leverage of being able to return to Virginia for his senior year to try and add to his value.

His Tools:

Tools Current Projected
Hit 20 50
Games 20 50
Raw 55 55
Speed 60 60
Field 45 50+
Arm 55 55's writeup

McCarthy was slated to be the Cavaliers' top returning hitter in 2015, but underwent back surgery in late January forcing him out of action for a few months. When healthy, McCarthy is a pure hitter who controls the strike zone well and excels at getting on base. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, he has the strength and leverage to produce above-average left-handed power. To do so, he'll need to get more aggressive, incorporate his lower half better in his swing and turn on more pitches, something he was struggling to do upon his return. McCarthy moves better than most players his size, using his solid speed well on the bases and in the outfield. The only below-average tool in his arsenal is his arm, which relegates him to left field.