The Rays were off yesterday, but there was still news as baseball kicked off day one of their annual amateur draft. The Rays had four picks in the first two rounds, included three in the top 40. With their three first round picks, they took speedy shortstop Greg Jones out of UNC Wilmington at #22, Texas high schooler RHP J.J. Goss at #36, and Campbell (North Carolina) University RHP Seth Johnson at #40. With their second round pick, they grabbed Texas A&M lefty John Doxakis at #61.
The Rays will continue refueling their stock of baby Rays in round two of the draft today. Meanwhile, the big boy Rays take on the Tigers in Detroit tonight in the first of a three game set.
Rays News and Links
- Eduardo Encina with the Times breaks down the Rays Day One selections, including the speediest player in the draft, Greg Jones.
- Juan Toribio also gives the lowdown on the newest Rays.
- In non-draft news, Encinia writes about safety concerns at the ballpark after another bad foul ball incident.
- Josh Tolentino at the Athletic thinks Brendan McKay is on the fast track to the Show.
- Over at MLB Trade Rumors, Connor Byrne reports that the Rays have signed old friend Vidal Nuno to a minor league deal. Nuno was released last week by the Nationals after a less than stellar start to the season with Triple-A Fresno.
- And finally, in Rays-adjacent news, former Rays and USF executive Josh Bullock has been named to head up the Tampa entry in the revived XFL.