Rays find young righty Ramirez in eighth round
With their eighth-round pick (No. 248 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Rays selected high school right-hander Roel Ramirez, who is another in a long line of Texas high school pitchers to be drafted early.
"We like him," Rays scouting director R.J. Harrison said. "He's a sinker-slider-type starting pitching prospect."
The right-hander from United South High School has a whip-like arm that produces a fastball in the low 90s with good movement, but his best pitch might be his changeup, which is very deceptive thanks to great arm speed.
The 6-foot-1, 198-pounder's curveball isn't quite as advanced as his other two pitches, but can still be above-average at times.