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2020 MLB Draft: Rays select RHP Jeffrey Hakanson with the No. 155 pick

This fifth round choice is the Rays final pick of the abbreviated 2020 draft.


With the 155th pick of the 2020 MLB Draft the Tampa Bay Rays selected Jeffrey Hakanson, a right-handed pitcher out of UCF.

The college relief pitcher stands 6’0”, 185 lbs. In seven appearances in an abbreviated 2020 season, Hakanson delivered 20 strikeouts in 8 13 while compiling six saves. This season he was fastball/slider out of the ‘pen, but has a change and two-seam in development.

In 2019, his sophomore year, he delivered a 3.38 ERA over 26 23 innings with 52 strikeouts against 15 walks, while collecting six saves.

A career reliever, the 21-year old Tampa native and graduate of Jesuit was not ranked among the top prospects at Baseball America, Fangraphs or MLB Pipeline’s top draft prospects lists, but being a local kid could mean the Rays had the inside scoop.

Hakanson was scouted in high school but was not a key target for the Rays until his sophmore season at UCF. He earned first team All-American honors from the Collegiate Baseball News as a junior, as his 6 saves led the AAC and tied for 1st in Division I.