With the sixtieth pick of the Draft the Rays picked Riley Unroe, a 6 foot tall, 180 pound switch-hitting shortstop out of Desert Ridge HS, Mesa Arizona.
Having already picked a probable over-slot player with RHP Ryne Stanek, many of us thought that the Rays were likely looking to draft someone they could easily sign to an under-slot contract. The didn't. Unroe was rated 56th overall by Baseball America, and John Sickels ranked him as the 19th best hitter on his draft board. Unroe has a commitment to the University of Southern California, and Sickels has lists him as a player with signability concerns.
The son of a former major league first baseman, Unroe, who has soft hands and a strong arm, may be able to stick at shortstop, but he's also fast enough to possibly move to center field if need be (a possible move to second base is a given). Scouting reports praise his great bat speed, with Baseball America projecting 12-15 HRs as a pro.
Baseball America scouting report (pay wall)
Lone Star Ball scouting report (with video)
That's all for tonight. See y'all tomorrow with analysis of the first two rounds, and more picks to be made.