With the No. 70 overall pick of the 2022 MLB Draft, the Rays have selected Georgia Tech SS Chandler Simpson, a player who maxes out the ratings in speed, and famously stole 55 bags in 51 games in the Northwoods League in 2021.
Simpson ranked No. 88 at Baseball America, describing a second base profile — with the “rare combination of speed and contact ability” — and No. 123 at MLB Pipeline who see slightly more promise in the throwing arm.
Scouting grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 20 | Run: 80 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45
The MLB Network broadcast joked that on the 20-80 scale, Simpson has 90 speed and 10 power with a second base projection — in other words, the Rays may have doubled down on the profile of Triple-A prospect Xavier Edwards.
Simpson boasted a .433 AVG with Georgia Tech in the ACC — the best average in the nation among qualified hitters — and a .455 AVG with the prestigious Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League. The bat to ball skill is legit.