Day 3 of the 2021 MLB Draft continued the Rays selections with Round 11 and concluded at Round 20, as MLB continues to limit the number of rounds due to the ongoing global pandemic.
The Rays player representative at the draft was James Shields, which is why he’s pictured above. For information on the Rays selections from Day 1-2 please check out the link below.
Previously: MLB Draft 2021: Rays summary of Rounds 1-10
Day 3 of the draft is the time to swing big with the first few rounds, targeting guys who might have had signability concerns or may command money that would throw off the bonus pool. Sean Mullen, the team’s Round 11 selection, is one such pick.
Others are fliers on players that are not a complete package but are worth selecting to see how they might grow as a professional. One such pick might be Conor Angel out of U La La with an ooh la la sinker.
2 pitches before. Sheeeesh pic.twitter.com/he2apIqW7G— 11Point7: The College Baseball Podcast (@11point7) March 11, 2021
Following the previous summary post, we are listing each player below in the following format:
PLAYER NAME, POSITION, SELECTION
B/T — HT/WT — DATE BORN — SCHOOL
SEAN MULLEN, RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER, ROUND 11 - NO. 341 OVERALL
R/R – 6-1/205 – 9/18/1999 – UCLA
- Went 9-1 with a 3.39 ERA (77-IP, 29-ER) and 89 SO in 23 apps (13 starts) this season, moving into the weekend rotation in early April.
- Led the team in wins and strikeouts; tied for the Pac-12 lead in wins and ranked 6th in strikeouts to earn All-Conference honors.
- Ranked as the No. 286 overall player in this year’s draft by Baseball America and No. 227 overall by MLB.com.
- Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 41 player in this year’s draft out of the state of California.
- Previously selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 35th round of the 2018 Amateur Draft.
JONNY CUEVAS, RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER, ROUND 12 - NO. 371 OVERALL
R/R – 6-3/200 – 11/20/2000 – College of Southern Nevada
- Went 10-4 with a 3.26 ERA (80-IP, 29-ER) in 16 apps (15 starts) as a sophomore…tied for 9th among NJCAA Division I pitchers with 109 SO.
- Used as a two-way player at Southern Neva; hit .353 (53-for-150) with 8 2B, 2 3B, 10 HR and 42 RBI this season as a first baseman.
- Ranked as the No. 365 overall player in this year’s draft by Baseball America and No. 7 out of the state of Nevada.
- Previously selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 32nd round of the 2018 Amateur Draft.
- Committed to transfer for next season, Cuevas recently changed his destination from Cal State Fullerton to the University of Oklahoma due to a coaching change.
- Cuevas was in the desert Tuesday and was with his family when he got the call:
“I was so excited, I had kind of given up on it, thinking I wasn’t going to get picked and thinking about going back to school, but then it happened and it was super-emotional,” Cuevas said. “My family was so excited and I’m glad I got to spend that moment with them.”
BOBBY SEYMOUR, FIRST BASEMAN, ROUND 13 - NO. 401 OVERALL
L/R – 6-4/250 – 10/7/1998 – Wake Forest University
- Hit .302/.400/.709 (54-for-179) with 10 2B, 21 HR and 55 RBI in 47 games (all starts) this season and named third team All-ACC.
- His 21 HR tied for 4th among Division I players and were two shy of the co-leaders…tied for 2nd for a single season in Wake Forest history.
- Named ACC Player of the Year in 2019, batting .377/.439/.576 (89-for-236) with 20 2B, 9 HR and 92 RBI; was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given to the top player in collegiate baseball; his 92 RBI were the most in Division I since Buster Posey (93) in 2008.
- Hit .321 (223-for-695) with 45 2B, 38 HR and 190 RBI in his Wake Forest career and ranked 6th in RBI in program history.
- Ranked as the No. 435 overall player in this year’s draft by Baseball America and No. 28 out of the state of North Carolina.
ANTONIO MENENDEZ, RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER, ROUND 14 - NO. 431 OVERALL
R/R – 6-4/215 – 3/11/1999 – Wake Forest University
- Missed the entire 2021 season due to Tommy John surgery; began a throwing program earlier this month.
- Went 1-0 with a 5.06 ERA (21.1-IP, 12-ER) and 25 SO in 6 apps (4 starts) during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
- Made 65 career apps (5 starts) for Wake Forest, going 7-6 with a 5.17 ERA (101-IP, 58-ER) and 125 SO; his 11.87 SO/9 IP ratio as a sophomore ranked 6th for a single season in program history; held opponents to a .229 avg. (85-for-371) throughout his collegiate career.
- At Herndon (Va.) High School, won a state title and competed nationally in Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), an association of high school and college student and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and sales.
- Is the second consecutive draft pick by the Rays out of Wake Forest and the fifth player overall drafted out of the program this year.
CONOR ANGEL, RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER, ROUND 15 - NO. 461 OVERALL
R/R – 6-5/190 – 9/30/1999 – University of Louisiana at Lafayette
- Went 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA (8.1-IP, 6-ER) in 7 apps (1 start) for the Ragin’ Cajuns this season.
- Left the program during the 2021 season to pursue his MLB Draft aspirations, according to a University spokesman.
- Began the 2020 season as the Ragin’ Cajuns Opening Night starter, yielding 1 ER in 5.2 IP on Feb 14 vs. Southeastern Louisiana.
- Transferred to ULL in advance of the 2020 season after spending two years at Northwest Florida State College.
- Became the seventh player and fifth pitcher selected by the Rays out of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
IAN LEATHERMAN, RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER, ROUND 16 - NO. 491 OVERALL
R/R – 5-11/165 – 2/26/1999 – Central Michigan University
.@CMUBaseball isn’t messing around, bringing in their bullpen ace, hard throwing RHP Ian Leatherman, throwing 93-94 gas with a short, sharp slider, gets a backwards K here and then gets UConn’s top hitter, Kyler Fedko, with a fly ball out pic.twitter.com/taEnrPHjkv— Patrick Ebert (@PatrickEbert44) June 6, 2021
- Went 3-2 with a 4.54 ERA (37.2-IP, 19-ER) and 42 SO in a team-high 20 apps, all out of the bullpen, as a junior.
- Twelve of his relief apps were scoreless, including six of 2 IP (or more)…recorded a scoreless streak of 12.1 IP spanning 7 apps.
- Named to the All-MAC Academic Team this season…went 5-2 with a 4.62 ERA (74-IP, 38-ER) and 84 SO in 42 career apps (3 starts).
- Was a three-year letterwinner at Jenison (Mich.) High School, including first team Division I All-Star honors by the MHSBCA in 2017.
- Was the first player to be drafted out of Central Michigan this year and the third by the Rays all-time.
CONOR DRYER, RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER, ROUND 17 - NO. 521 OVERALL
L/R – 6-3/205 – 8/18/1998 – University of Central Missouri
- Went 7-2 with a 3.89 ERA (71.2-IP, 31-ER) and 78 SO in 17 apps (16 starts) this season…helped lead the Mules to the Division II National Championship Game for the fourth time in program history when Central Missouri defeated the University of Tampa in an elimination game.
- Pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in his first three seasons at Central Missouri, going 2-1 with a 5.08 ERA (33.2-IP, 19-ER).
- Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 16 player in this year’s draft out of the state of Missouri.
- Committed to transfer for next season to the University of Missouri.
- Is the second player and first pitcher ever selected by the Rays out of the University of Central Missouri.
KENNY PIPER, CATCHER, ROUND 18 - NO. 551 OVERALL
R/R – 5-10/190 – 7/12/1998 – Columbia College
Catcher Kenny Piper has been a standout on both sides of the ball in the @mlbdraftleague.— MLB Draft League (@mlbdraftleague) June 15, 2021
More from veteran scout Tad Slowik on the @SCSpikes' backstop's rising #MLBDraft stock ⬇️
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- Hit .418/.553/.915 (69-for-165) with 19 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR and 49 RBI in 48 games this season…led the team in avg., on-base pct. and slugging.
- Named first team NAIA All-American, his second career nod after earning All-American honorable mention recognition in 2019.
- Received NAIA Gold Glove recognition by the American Baseball Coaches Association, becoming the first winner in program history.
- Named first team CoSIDA Academic All-District for District Three, turning in a 4.00 GPA in his master’s classes.
- Is the second player to be drafted out of Columbia College, joining Andrew Warner by the Cardinals in the 40th round in 2018.
SEAN HUNLEY, RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER, ROUND 19 - NO. 581 OVERALL
R/R – 6-4/220 – 7/5/1999 – University of Tennessee
Huge strikeouts from Sean Hunley, as the Vols get out of the jam.— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) May 15, 2021
Tennessee and Arkansas tied 5-5 pic.twitter.com/d44GEbvRyj
- Went 7-5 with a 3.36 ERA (72.1-IP, 27-ER) and 77 SO in 35 apps…ranked 4th on the team in innings despite pitching exclusively in relief.
- Recorded a team-high 9 saves, including one with three scoreless innings in Tennessee’s win over LSU to open the Super Regionals.
- Earned second team All-American honors from Baseball America and third team All-American honors from the Collegiate Baseball News.
- Was on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s midseason watch list for Stopper of the Year.
- In 2018, became the 19th Vol to earn Freshman All-America honors in program history.
KAMRON FIELDS, RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER, ROUND 20 - NO. 611 OVERALL
R/R – 6-2/200 – 9/24/1998 – Texas Southern University
Here’s a couple more looks at the slider from Fields. Late, sharp break and has shown solid feel for it over his 2+ innings of work. @mlbdraftleague #MLBDraft #RaiseYourStock pic.twitter.com/CTz1NLLUBb— Jamie Naill Jr (@JNaill8) June 3, 2021
- Went 4-6 with a 5.03 ERA (68-IP, 38-ER) and 79 SO in 13 apps (11 starts) for Texas Southern this season.
- Ranked among Southwestern Athletic Conference leaders in innings pitched (3rd), strikeouts (4th) and opp avg. (.262, 9th).
- Earned second team All-SWAC honors, and was named SWAC Pitcher of the Week for March 10-16.
- Transferred to Texas Southern after spending three seasons at the University of Texas, where he went 2-2 with a 3.27 ERA (55-IP, 20-ER) and 60 SO in 39 career apps (2 starts); graduated with a degree in corporate communications before pursuing his master’s at Texas Southern.
- Is the first player selected from Texas Southern since Lindon Bond by the Nationals in the 50th round of the 2007 Amateur Draft.
- Played quarterback at Lakeview Centennial (Texas) High School, throwing for 50 touchdowns and 4,866 yards in two seasons; had offers to play in college from Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Utah, among others; named Texas 10-6A District MVP in football and baseball as a senior.