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List of Tampa Bay Rays first-round draft picks

The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball franchise based in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays (formerly the Tampa Bay Devil Rays) compete in the American League East division. Since the franchise was established in 1995, the Rays have selected 27 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft",[1] the Rule 4 Draft is Major League Baseball's primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs to its teams. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick.[1] In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.[2] The First-Year Player Draft is unrelated to the 1997 expansion draft in which the Rays filled their roster.

Of the 27 players the Rays have selected in the first round, nine have been outfielders and nine have been pitchers. Of the nine pitchers, six were right-handed and three were left-handed. The Rays have also drafted four shortstops, three third basemen, one catcher, and one second baseman. The team has never drafted a player at first base.[3] Seventeen players were drafted out of high school, while ten were drafted out of college. Two players were drafted from Rice University in Houston, Texas in consecutive years.[3]

None of the Rays' first-round picks have won a World Series championship with the team, and no pick has been named the Most Valuable Player. Evan Longoria (2006) won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2008, the only Rays' player to do so.[4] The Rays have made the first selection in the draft four times, drafting Josh Hamilton (1999), Delmon Young (2003), David Price (2007), and Tim Beckham (2008).[3]

The Rays have made nine selections in the supplemental round of the draft since their establishment in 1995.[3] These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season,[2][5][V] or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year.[6] The Rays have failed to sign one of their first-round picks, LeVon Washington (2009), a client of Scott Boras who could not come to an agreed contract with the team.[7] The Rays received the 31st pick in 2010 as compensation.[8]

Key

Year Each year links to an article about that year's Major League Baseball Draft.
Position Indicates the secondary/collegiate position at which the player was drafted, rather than the professional position the player may have gone on to play
Pick Indicates the number of the pick within the first round
* Player did not sign with the Rays
§ Indicates a supplemental pick

Picks


Year Name Position School (Location) Pick Ref
1996 Paul Wilder Outfielder Cary High School
(Cary, North Carolina)
29 [9]
1997 Standridge, JasonJason Standridge Right-handed pitcher Hewitt-Trussville High School
(Trussville, Alabama)
31 [10]
1998 no first-round pick[a] [11]
1999 Hamilton, JoshJosh Hamilton Outfielder Athens Drive High School
(Raleigh, North Carolina)
1 [12]
2000 Baldelli, RoccoRocco Baldelli Outfielder Bishop Hendricken High School
(Warwick, Rhode Island)
6 [13]
2001 Brazelton, DewonDewon Brazelton Right-handed pitcher Middle Tennessee State University
(Murfreesboro, Tennessee)
3 [14]
2002 Upton, B. J.B. J. Upton Shortstop Greenbrier Christian Academy
(Chesapeake, Virginia)
2 [15]
2003 Young, DelmonDelmon Young Outfielder Adolfo Camarillo High School
(Camarillo, California)
1 [16]
2004 Niemann, JeffJeff Niemann Right-handed pitcher Rice University
(Houston, Texas)
4 [17]
2005 Townsend, WadeWade Townsend Right-handed pitcher Rice University
(Houston, Texas)
8 [18]
2006 Longoria, EvanEvan Longoria Third baseman California State University, Long Beach
(Long Beach, California)
3 [19]
2007 Price, DavidDavid Price Left-handed pitcher Vanderbilt University
(Nashville, Tennessee)
1 [20]
2008 Beckham, TimTim Beckham Shortstop Griffin High School
(Griffin, Georgia)
1 [21]
2009 LeVon Washington* Second baseman Buchholz High School
(Gainesville, Florida)
30 [22]
2010 Sale, JoshJosh Sale Outfielder Bishop Blanchet High School
(Seattle, Washington)
17 [8]
2010 O'Conner, JustinJustin O'Conner Catcher Cowan High School
(Cowan, Indiana)
31§[b] [8]
2010 Vettieson, DrewDrew Vettieson Outfielder Central Kitsap High School
(Silverdale, Washington)
42§[c] [8]
2011 Guerrieri, TaylorTaylor Guerrieri Right-handed pitcher Spring Valley High School
(Columbia, South Carolina)
24[d] [23]
2011 Mahtook, MikieMikie Mahtook Outfielder Louisiana State University
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
31[e] [23]
2011 Hager, JakeJake Hager Shortstop Sierra Vista High School
(Spring Valley, Nevada)
32 [23]
2011 Martin, BrandonBrandon Martin Shortstop Santiago High School
(Garden Grove, California)
38§[f] [23]
2011 Goeddel, TylerTyler Goeddel Third baseman St. Francis High School
(Mountain View, California)
41§[g] [23]
2011 Ames, JeffJeff Ames Right-handed pitcher Lower Columbia College
(Longview, Washington)
42§[h] [23]
2011 Snell, BlakeBlake Snell Left-handed pitcher Shorewood High School
(Shoreline, Washington)
52§[i] [23]
2011 Carter, KesKes Carter Outfielder Western Kentucky University
(Bowling Green, Kentucky)
56§[j] [23]
2011 Garvin, GraysonGrayson Garvin Left-handed pitcher Vanderbilt University
(Nashville, Tennessee)
59§[k] [23]
2011 Harris, JamesJames Harris Outfielder Oakland Technical High School
(Oakland, California)
60§[l] [23]
2012 Shaffer, RichieRichie Shaffer Third baseman Clemson University
(Clemson, South Carolina)
25 [24]

See also

Footnotes

  • V Free agents are evaluated by the Elias Sports Bureau and rated "Type A", "Type B", or not compensation-eligible. If a team offers arbitration to a player but that player refuses and subsequently signs with another team, the original team may receive additional draft picks. If a "Type A" free agent leaves in this way his previous team receives a supplemental pick and a compensation pick from the team with which he signs. If a "Type B" free agent leaves in this way his previous team receives only a supplemental pick.[6]
  • a The Rays lost their first-round pick in 1998 to the San Francisco Giants as compensation for signing free agent Roberto Hernández.[25]
  • b The Rays gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2010 as compensation for not signing first-round draft pick LeVon Washington.[8]
  • c The Rays gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 as for losing free agent Gregg Zaun.[8]
  • d The Rays gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2011 from the Boston Red Sox for losing free agent Carl Crawford.[23]
  • e The Rays gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2011 from the New York Yankees for losing free agent Rafael Soriano.[23]
  • f The Rays gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 as for losing free agent Rafael Soriano.[23]
  • g The Rays gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 as for losing free agent Carl Crawford.[23]
  • h The Rays gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 as for losing free agent Grant Balfour[23]
  • i The Rays gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 as for losing free agent Brad Hawpe.[23]
  • j The Rays gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 as for losing free agent Joaquin Benoit.[23]
  • k The Rays gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 as for losing free agent Randy Choate.[23]
  • l The Rays gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 as for losing free agent Chad Qualls.[23]

References

External links

  • Draft results from The Baseball Cube
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