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MLB Draft 2017: Tampa Bay Rays brass and prospects discuss the first two days of the draft

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  • Neil Solondz spoke with the Rays scouting director, Rob Metzler prior to the draft
  • Rays General Manager, Erik Neander and the aforementioned Rob Metzler spoke about their decision to select Brendan McKay and called him “A very rare talent” and that he’ll continue to be a pitcher and hitter
  • Brendan McKay spoke about how excited he was to be able to try his hand on the mound and at the plate as he spoke to reporters following his selection at 4th overall.
  • The Rays second selection (31st overall), Drew Rasmussen called it a dream come true after being drafted. He also discussed overcoming Tommy John Surgery.
  • Michael Mercado talked about his strong temptation to skip attending Stanford to start his major league career with the Rays.
  • Neander and Metzler recapped Day 1 of the Rays draft, with Neander saying the first round “went our way” and Metzler praising the Rays scouting efforts. Rasmussen and Mercado are discussed.
  • Finally, Rob Metzler discussed Day 2 of the Rays draft. He calls Taylor Walls a shortstop, despite industry expectations of super-utility use, the emphasis on college pitchers in the first ten rounds, and why the Rays liked USF pitcher Phoenix Sanders.