The Tampa Bay Rays have landed a big fish in the fourth round, bringing in Baseball America’s No. 84 prospect LHP Graeme Stinson with the No. 128 overall selection.
Considered the top college pitcher heading into the 2019 season, a hamstring issue set back the big lefty, and he returned to the mound as a reliever despite plans to start.
At 6’5” and 260 lbs there’s question marks, but this is yet another “high upside college guy,” according to Jonathan Mayo. On MLB.com he wrote, “Graeme Stinson may have the best slider in the Draft, with mid-80s velocity and two-plane break that make it a plus-plus pitch at its best.”
Over the summer, Baseball America ranked him as the No. 4 prospect on the USA National Collegiate Team, which annually has some of the best players in the country. He was ranked behind Adley Rutschman, Shea Langeliers, and Andrew Vaughn, three of the top 10 picks Monday night.
You can follow Stinson on twitter @GraemeStinson .