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Rays draft high school righty Woods in sixth round

ST. PETERSBURG -- With their sixth-round pick (No. 188 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Rays selected high school right-hander Stephen Woods.

Woods, a projectable pitcher from Long Island who's nearing his 18th birthday, attended Half Hollows Hills East High School and became the first player ever drafted out of the school. The Dix Hills, N.Y., native stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs in at 205 pounds.

He throws a low-90s fastball with a loose, quick arm action, and he complements that pitch with a curveball and changeup.

"We think this kid is a good high school starting pitching prospect," Rays scouting director R.J. Harrison said. "The fastball, now at average and up to 93 mph on the top end, and an above-average curveball. The arm action and delivery says starting pitcher."

Woods, who went 2-2 with a 1.80 ERA and 55 strikeouts as a senior, was the author of back-to-back no-hitters in April. He committed to play for the University of Albany back in December 2012.

"Stephen has a great makeup and possesses a fastball in the low 90s," Albany baseball coach Jon Mueller told the school's official website. "One of the top recruits from Long Island, Stephen will have an immediate impact in the America East Conference."

Adam Berry is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry.
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