The Rays made four picks Monday to start their 2019 MLB draft. If you missed anything on the newest members of the organization — assuming they sign — check out our posts:
The Rays can spend up to $12,415,600 on their picks. So far, it doesn’t feel like any of their picks will break the bank compared to their recommended values.
So far, this strikes me as a fine draft. There were no Matthew Liberatore-like steals like last year, but the Rays have added some talent. Jones has the best speed in the draft, and he cemented his status as a first-round pick in recent weeks. Goss and Johnson both offer some upside on the mound, and Doxakis has a good track record in a tough conference.
Rays have had a really impressive draft. Again. Doxakis was my best college pitching prospect left. Really good feel for pitching, fastball/slider are above-average pitches.— Christopher Crawford (@Crawford_MILB) June 4, 2019
How to watch Day 2 of the draft
When: Tuesday, June 4, 1 p.m.
Here are some of the best players left on MLB.com’s draft board:
High school pitchers
13. Matthew Allan
33. Jack Leiter
Rumors the asking prices are around $4M or more on both Allan/Leiter like Kumar Rocker/Vandy and Cole Wilcox/UGA were last year out of HS before they opted for school.— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) June 4, 2019
34. Hunter Barco: We previewed Barco as perhaps the top high school lefty in the class. I haven’t seen anything regarding his signability. He’s also committed to Florida.
High school hitters
29. OF Maurice Hampton: Late Monday, Hampton posted a tweet that indicated he would be going to LSU to play baseball and football, but it was deleted.
35. 3B Tyler Callihan: Callihan can hit, but his defensive home is unknown. He’s committed to South Carolina.
37. SS Brooks Lee: In a chat Monday afternoon, ESPN’s Keith Law indicated that Lee is going to college. He’s committed to Cal Poly, where his dad coaches.
55. 3B Drew Mendoza: Florida State’s third baseman has power potential. He was a top draft prospect in 2016.
62. SS Will Holland: It seems like every college shortstop in the country was drafted Monday night, but Auburn’s remains available.
81. OF Will Robertson: Robertson has 25 home runs the last two seasons despite playing home games at TD Ameritrade Park, one of the toughest hitting environments in the country.
61. LHP Erik Miller: Stanford’s lefty is big and has good stuff, but he sometimes struggles throwing strikes.
68. RHP Noah Song: Song has been one of the best pitchers in the country this season, but at the Naval Academy, his professional prospects are unclear due to his required service.
70. LHP Graeme Stinson: Previously viewed as one of the top prospects in the class, Duke’s Stinson has only pitched 19 2⁄3 innings this season due to injury.