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2019 MLB draft: Tampa Bay Rays select RHP Seth Johnson with the No. 40 pick

With their third pick of the night, the Rays took one of the most intriguing pitchers available.

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With the No. 40 pick in the draft, the Rays selected right-handed pitcher Seth Johnson from Campbell.

In May, we previewed Johnson as a potential Rays selection:

At a junior college, Johnson was a full-time hitter, but it wasn’t working out. He gave pitching a try, went to Campbell, and now he’s going to be a Day 1 pick.

His rise has been impressive, and when looking at his fairly mediocre stats, it’s important to keep in mind just how new he is to pitching. Prior to this season, he hadn’t thrown more than a handful of innings in college.

Despite that inexperience, he has an easy delivery like he’s been pitching for years, and he has good stuff. His fastball is a plus pitch. His slider and changeup have pretty good potential as well.

Johnson was ranked as the No. 29 player by Baseball America, No. 37 by Keith Law at ESPN, No. 44 by FanGraphs, and No. 29 by MLB.com.

With his background, he could be a bit of a project. His workload will have to be developed, but what he’s been able to do in a short time on the mound is impressive.