List of Tampa Bay Rays first-round draft picks

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Evan Longoria (2008) is the only Rays' first-round pick to win a Rookie of the Year Award with the team.

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 33 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 33 players the Rays have selected in the first round, 10 have been outfielders and 10 have been drafted exclusively as pitchers. Of the 10 pitchers, seven were right-handed and three were left-handed. The Rays have also drafted four shortstops, four third basemen, two catchers, one second baseman, and one first baseman. In addition to these, one player (2017 pick Brendan McKay) was drafted as both a left-handed pitcher and a first baseman.[3][a] Twenty players were drafted out of high school, 12 were drafted out of four-year colleges, and one was drafted from a junior 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.[5] 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][6][V] or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year.[7] 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.[8] The Rays received the 31st pick in 2010 as compensation.[9]

Key[edit]

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[edit]

Josh Hamilton (1999) was the first of the Rays' first overall selections in the draft.
Delmon Young (2003) was one of six outfielders selected by the Rays in the first round.
David Price (2007) was the third of the Rays' first overall selections in the draft.
Year Name Position School (Location) Pick Ref
1996 Paul Wilder Outfielder Cary High School
(Cary, North Carolina)
29 [10]
1997 Jason Standridge Right-handed pitcher Hewitt-Trussville High School
(Trussville, Alabama)
31 [11]
1998 no first-round pick[a] [12]
1999 Josh Hamilton Outfielder Athens Drive High School
(Raleigh, North Carolina)
1 [13]
2000 Rocco Baldelli Outfielder Bishop Hendricken High School
(Warwick, Rhode Island)
6 [14]
2001 Dewon Brazelton Right-handed pitcher Middle Tennessee State University
(Murfreesboro, Tennessee)
3 [15]
2002 B.J. Upton[b] Shortstop Greenbrier Christian Academy
(Chesapeake, Virginia)
2 [16]
2003 Delmon Young Outfielder Adolfo Camarillo High School
(Camarillo, California)
1 [17]
2004 Jeff Niemann Right-handed pitcher Rice University
(Houston, Texas)
4 [18]
2005 Wade Townsend Right-handed pitcher Rice University
(Houston, Texas)
8 [19]
2006 Evan Longoria Third baseman California State University, Long Beach
(Long Beach, California)
3 [20]
2007 David Price Left-handed pitcher Vanderbilt University
(Nashville, Tennessee)
1 [21]
2008 Tim Beckham Shortstop Griffin High School
(Griffin, Georgia)
1 [22]
2009 LeVon Washington* Second baseman Buchholz High School
(Gainesville, Florida)
30 [23]
2010 Josh Sale Outfielder Bishop Blanchet High School
(Seattle, Washington)
17 [9]
2010 Justin O'Conner Catcher Cowan High School
(Cowan, Indiana)
31§[c] [9]
2010 Drew Vettleson Outfielder Central Kitsap High School
(Silverdale, Washington)
42§[d] [9]
2011 Taylor Guerrieri Right-handed pitcher Spring Valley High School
(Columbia, South Carolina)
24[e] [24]
2011 Mikie Mahtook Outfielder Louisiana State University
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
31[f] [24]
2011 Jake Hager Shortstop Sierra Vista High School
(Spring Valley, Nevada)
32 [24]
2011 Brandon Martin Shortstop Santiago High School
(Garden Grove, California)
38§[g] [24]
2011 Tyler Goeddel Third baseman St. Francis High School
(Mountain View, California)
41§[h] [24]
2011 Jeff Ames Right-handed pitcher Lower Columbia College
(Longview, Washington)
42§[i] [24]
2011 Blake Snell Left-handed pitcher Shorewood High School
(Shoreline, Washington)
52§[j] [24]
2011 Kes Carter Outfielder Western Kentucky University
(Bowling Green, Kentucky)
56§[k] [24]
2011 Grayson Garvin Left-handed pitcher Vanderbilt University
(Nashville, Tennessee)
59§[l] [24]
2011 James Harris Outfielder Oakland Technical High School
(Oakland, California)
60§[m] [24]
2012 Richie Shaffer Third baseman Clemson University
(Clemson, South Carolina)
25 [25]
2013 Nick Ciuffo Catcher Lexington High School
(Lexington, South Carolina)
21 [26]
2013 Ryne Stanek Right-handed pitcher University of Arkansas
(Fayetteville, Arkansas)
29§[n] [26]
2014 Casey Gillaspie First baseman Wichita State University
(Wichita, Kansas)
20 [27]
2015 Garrett Whitley Outfielder Niskayuna High School
(Niskayuna, New York)
13 [28]
2016 Josh Lowe Third baseman Pope High School
(East Cobb, Georgia)
13 [29]
2017 Brendan McKay First baseman / Left-handed pitcher[a] University of Louisville
(Louisville, Kentucky)
4 [30]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  • V Through the 2012 draft, free agents were evaluated by the Elias Sports Bureau and rated "Type A", "Type B", or not compensation-eligible. If a team offered arbitration to a player but that player refused and subsequently signed with another team, the original team was able to receive additional draft picks. If a "Type A" free agent left in this way, his previous team received a supplemental pick and a compensatory pick from the team with which he signed. If a "Type B" free agent left in this way, his previous team received only a supplemental pick.[7] Since the 2013 draft, free agents are no longer classified by type; instead, compensatory picks are only awarded if the team offered its free agent a contract worth at least the average of the 125 current richest MLB contracts.[31] However, if the free agent's last team acquired the player in a trade during the last year of his contract, it is ineligible to receive compensatory picks for that player.[32]
  • a The Rays lost their first-round pick in 1998 to the San Francisco Giants as compensation for signing free agent Roberto Hernández.[33]
  • b Now known by his birth name of Melvin Upton Jr.
  • c The Rays gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2010 as compensation for not signing first-round draft pick LeVon Washington.[9]
  • d The Rays gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 as for losing free agent Gregg Zaun.[9]
  • e The Rays gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2011 from the Boston Red Sox for losing free agent Carl Crawford.[24]
  • f The Rays gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2011 from the New York Yankees for losing free agent Rafael Soriano.[24]
  • g The Rays gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 for losing free agent Rafael Soriano.[24]
  • h The Rays gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 for losing free agent Carl Crawford.[24]
  • i The Rays gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 for losing free agent Grant Balfour[24]
  • j The Rays gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 for losing free agent Brad Hawpe.[24]
  • k The Rays gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 for losing free agent Joaquín Benoit.[24]
  • l The Rays gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 for losing free agent Randy Choate.[24]
  • m The Rays gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 for losing free agent Chad Qualls.[24]
  • n The Rays gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2013 for losing free agent B. J. Upton, now known as Melvin Upton Jr.[26]
  1. ^ a b Although McKay was officially listed on the draft board as exclusively a first baseman, the Rays announced they would develop him as a two-way player.[4]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b McCalvy, Adam. "Brewers offer three arbitration". Brewers.MLB.com. Milwaukee Brewers. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
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  4. ^ Mooney, Roger (June 12, 2017). "Rays draft Louisville's Brendan McKay, plan to let him pitch and hit". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "Evan Longoria Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 22, 2010.
  6. ^ "First-Year Player Draft FAQ". MLB.com. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  7. ^ a b "MLB, MLBPA reach five-year labor accord". MLB.com. Major League Baseball Players Association. October 24, 2006. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  8. ^ Schonbrun, Zach (August 17, 2009). "Rays say top two Draft picks won't sign". MLB.com. Retrieved July 22, 2010.
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  10. ^ "1996 Tampa Bay Rays Picks in the June Draft". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
  11. ^ "1997 Tampa Bay Rays Picks in the June Draft". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
  12. ^ "1998 Tampa Bay Rays Picks in the June Draft". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
  13. ^ "1999 Tampa Bay Rays Picks in the June Draft". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
  14. ^ "2000 Tampa Bay Rays Picks in the June Draft". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
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  24. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "2011 Tampa Bay Rays Picks in the June Draft". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  25. ^ "1st Round of the 2012 June Draft". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  26. ^ a b c "1st Round of the 2013 June Draft". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  27. ^ "1st Round of the 2014 June Draft". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  28. ^ "1st Round of the 2015 June Draft". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
  29. ^ "1st Round of the 2016 June Draft". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
  30. ^ "2017 Tampa Bay Rays Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-06-18.
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  32. ^ Stark, Jayson (November 22, 2011). "How the new CBA changes baseball". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  33. ^ "1st Round of the 1998 June Draft". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved January 2, 2010.

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