With the No. 56 pick in the draft, the Rays selected infielder Tyler Frank from Florida Atlantic University.
In its third mock draft, FanGraphs actually predicted the Rays would select Frank, albeit with the No. 71 pick.
Baseball America ranked Frank as the No. 67 player in the class, and FanGraphs wasn’t far behind at No. 69. MLB.com ranked him 73rd.
With their first four picks, the Rays have now selected a high school hitter, high school pitcher, college hitter, and college pitcher. They have two pitchers, an infielder, and an outfielder.
Frank is a versatile player, having spent time behind the plate and at shortstop with FAU. On Team USA, he added third base and left field to his resume.
BA reported he’s a “steady hitter with a mature approach at the plate” who may fit best at second base every day. In high school, he played with Lucius Fox, so he could be reunited with a former teammate in the future.
MLB.com’s tool grades line up with BA’s report, giving him a 50 (average) hit and 45 power while noting he has “a good gameplan at the plate.”
In all three seasons with the Owls, Frank has had more walks than strikeouts, and he’s hit 24 home runs over his last two seasons.
Tyler Frank going to the #Rays. Was really impressed this year. Above average all around tools. Gamer and showed some power. Also, leading @FAU_Baseball who is leading Florida 2-1 in Regional Final right now. pic.twitter.com/EwX7GPYjlk— Doug Freeman (@DougFreemanPBR) June 5, 2018
Another player drafted while on the field tonight. Tyler Frank just kept getting better and better over the course of his @FAU_Baseball career. Scouts used to view him as a nice utility player. Now more and more guys think he has a legit shot to stick at shortstop. https://t.co/PspDxZ19q1— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) June 5, 2018