ST. PETERSBURG -- In contrast to the first day of the 2016 Draft, when the Rays selected three position players, pitching dominated their selections on Day 2, when the club picked eight arms -- one left-hander and seven right-handers."We took all pitching today," Rays scouting director Rob Metzler said. "It
ST. PETERSBURG -- In contrast to the first day of the 2016 Draft, when the Rays selected three position players, pitching dominated their selections on Day 2, when the club picked eight arms -- one left-hander and seven right-handers.
"We took all pitching today," Rays scouting director Rob Metzler said. "It was somewhat random by chance, other than the fact that there were seven pitchers that we really liked when our time came to call players. We were excited. We thought we added some pitchers with starter profiles. Size. Good clean arms. We're excited to put them in the system and see what happens."
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Round 3 (90th overall), Austin Franklin, RHP, Paxton (Fla.) HS
Franklin, who played in the Florida panhandle, is raw and has been inconsistent, but when he's on his game, he's a force. That, coupled with his size and stuff, made him an intriguing prospect.
Franklin, 18, stands 6-foot-3, 215 pounds. He's been clocked as high as 95 mph and pitches comfortably in the 91- to 92-mph range with a heavy sinker. His repertoire also includes a power 11-to-5 curveball that has late bite. He's demonstrated a feel for the changeup but does not use the pitch much.
Franklin's delivery can get out of whack, but when he's right, he's throwing downhill. All of his flaws appear correctable. He projects to be a mid-rotation starter.
Round 4 (120th overall), Easton McGee, RHP, Hopkinsville (Ky.) High School
If anything, McGee's body makes him stand out at 6-foot-7, 220 pounds. That leaves a lot of space to fill in with strength as he matures.
McGee, 18, has good body control for his height, which is a critical quality for repeating his delivery and being able to throw strikes.
McGee's fastball velocity has increased steadily throughout his high school career. Currently, he cruises between 88-93 mph, but the ball gets on hitters quickly, given his extension and the angle from which he delivers his pitches. He's shown an ability to locate his fastball on both sides of the plate with sinking and tailing action.
McGee's secondary pitches need some work. He has committed to the University of Kentucky.
Round 5 (150th overall), Mikey York, RHP, College of Southern Nevada
York, 20, is the son of former Major League pitcher Mike York. He successfully returned from Tommy John surgery this season. Given that fact, his outings were reduced to four- and five-inning stints.
During those outings, he demonstrated a three-pitch mix, including a fastball in the 92- to 95-mph range and a curveball that projects to be above average. He stands 6-foot-2, 190 pounds and has a clean and easy delivery, which should lead to continued good command of all of his pitches.
Round 6 (180th overall), Zack Trageton, RHP, Faith Lutheran High School (Las Vegas)
A 6-foot-3, 210-pounder, Trageton flashes a fastball that topped out at 94 mph this season. The 17-year-old, who has signed with the University of Utah, went 6-1 with a 1.71 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 49 innings. He also made the Division I-A All-Southern Nevada team at first base after batting .444 with 10 doubles and 32 RBIs.
Round 7 (210th overall), J.D. Busfield, RHP, Loyola Marymount University
Busfield set a Loyola Marymount single-season record with 14 saves as a sophomore. He moved to the starting rotation as a junior, where the 6-foot-7, 230-pounder had an up-and-down season. His fastball reached as high as 95 mph, but he settled into the 90-92 range as the season wore on. His sinking fastball has turned him into a ground-ball machine. His secondary stuff needs to catch up to his fastball.
Round 8 (240th overall), Kenneth Rosenberg, LHP, Cal State Northridge
After missing his sophomore season due to a back injury, Rosenberg, 21, rebounded this season to go 6-1 with a 3.21 ERA in 15 starts for the Matadors. He struck out 118 while walking just 31 in 98 innings. Opposing batters hit just .198 against him.
Round 9 (270th overall), Peter Bayer, RHP, Cal Poly Pomona
Bayer, 22, has a power arm and good size at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds. Though he had a high ERA this season -- 4.39, along with command and control issues -- he has a lot upside, including the ability to induce swings and misses. He recently struck out 14 in a game against Central Missouri, allowing just one hit in the outing.
Round 10 (300th overall), Spencer Jones, RHP, University of Washington
Jones, 21, ranked second in Pac-12 play with 32 appearances, including four starts. He went 6-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 58 2/3 innings, but he was far better as a reliever, going 6-1 with a 3.30 ERA in 28 relief appearances. He went 0-1 with a 6.60 ERA in four starts. Jones, who stands 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, has a quality sinker, a 93-mph fastball and a decent changeup, which is better developed than his slider at this point.
Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.