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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Draft Day (Again)

The Rays made three promising selections during the first day of the draft

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Day one of the 2016 draft is officially in the books with Rays having selected three players (Josh Lowe, Ryan Boldt, and Jake Fraley). So far, there have been two rounds completed, leaving 38 more to take place later today and finishing up tomorrow.

Today, the Rays will make their first selection at 90th overall on the third round. The draft is set to resume at 1pm with beginning its coverage at 12:30

Rays Links:

- The Process Report reviews the Rays second consecutive series victory as they took two of three against Arizona

- Neil Solondz was able to speak to the Rays first round selection, Josh Lowe

- Topkin offers notes on Desmond Jennings and Corey Dickerson busting out of their slumps and the Rays disappointing home record.

- With the off days yesterday and Monday, the Rays are skipping Drew Smyly’s turn in the rotation just to give him a break.

Tidbits on the Rays picks so far

1st Round, 13th Overall - Josh Lowe

2nd Round, 53rd Overall - Ryan Boldt

- Lottery Round B, 77th Overall - Jake Fraley


Around the League:

- Harold Reynolds is always one of the high points at draft time, as he always knows just what to say

- Suspensions were handed out for the Manny Machado - Yordano Ventura brawl with Machado receiving four games and Ventura receiving nine games.

- Grant Brisbee takes a look at what could have been with an alternate history of the draft with huge implications for the Rays...err, yeah.

- Last night, Giancarlo Stanton drilled the fastest hit ball ever recorded by statcast naturally resulting in a double play

- Check out the moments of jubilation when the top picks in the drafts heard their names called