The 2019 MLB Draft has officially concluded and the Tampa Bay Rays finished having made a total of 42 selections over the course of the three days. Overall, 36 of their 42 selection were college players.
The Rays first selection of the draft came with the 22nd overall pick, as they selected infielder Greg Jones from UNC-Wilmington. Jones was touted as one of the fastest players in the draft (if not THE fastest), being labeled with 80-grade speed and some potential power to go with it. Although he is an infielder as of now, his future is possibly in the outfield where he can be a truly plus-plus defender.
Jones discussed his abilities with the media right after his selection by the Rays:
“I’m 80-grade speed, so I always bring speed to the table. That’s my best attribute about myself. [I’m a] quick-twitch guy, can hit from both sides of the plate. Good range in the infield with a strong arm, and I love the game of baseball, so I’m going to play it at my hardest at any level I’m at.”
Thus far, their selections have been lauded by the baseball community, as the Rays have been praised for the level of talent they accumulated during their draft. Jim Callis, MLB.com’s resident prospect expert, ranked the Rays as having the second best draft of any team in baseball, just behind the Arizona Diamondbacks who had a ton of early draft picks.
Armed with a pair of supplemental first-rounders, Tampa Bay led all clubs by acquiring four prospects in MLB Pipeline’s Top 50.
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