With their second round and number 63 overall pick the Tampa Bay Rays continue to take position players with 1B Kyle Manzardo out of Washington State University.
Manzardo hit .365/.437/.640 during the 2021 season. He hit 11 homers in 197 at bats while striking out only 29 times (12.66%) and walking 25 times (10.92%).
Manzardo is a right handed thrower that is very likely limited to first base. That’s usually a death sentence for a prospect. He does hit left handed which does help.
The good news is he really can hit a baseball with Baseball America saying, “Manzardo will have to rely on his bat to lead the way, but he has an advanced feel to hit from the left side. He gets credited for a strong approach to the game and has some of the best pitch-recognition skills of the class.”
As far as rankings he comes in at #80 on Baseball America’s Top 500, #79 on MLB.com’s top 200, and #118 on Kiley McDaniel’s Top 200 at ESPN.com.