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UPDATED: Full list of Rays draft picks, and bio information



Update, July 7: All players the Rays have signed are in bold. This list will continue to be updated.

Rays draft class

Rd-Pk   Pos   Name                             School                        
1-4       LHP/1B Brendan McKay      Louisville              
1*-31    RHP Drew Rasmussen       Oregon State      
2-40      RHP Michael Mercado       Westview (CA) HS 
3-79      SS Taylor Walls                Florida State     
4-109    RHP Drew Stotman           Saint Mary's College
5-139    LHP Josh Fleming             Webster Univ.
6-169    SS Zach Rutherford           Old Dominion
7-199    LHP Hunter Schryver          Villanova
8-229    RHP Riley O'Brien             College of Idaho
9-259    LHP Andrew Gist               Univ. of Georgia
10-289  RHP Phoenix Sanders        USF
11-319  RHP Justin Lewis               Kentucky
12-349  CF Carl Chester                Miami
13-379  C Erik Ostberg                  Univ. of Hartford
14-409  1B Vincent Byrd                 Long Beach CC
15-439  CF Bryce Brown                 Jackson State
16-469  RHP Caleb Bolden             Pleasant Grove (Texas)HS
17-499  RHP Chris Muller               Texas-San Antonio
18-539  CF Michael Smith               San Jacinto College North
19-559  RHP Tyler Day                   Colorado Mesa Univ.
20-589  RHP Drew Quezada           Cypress College
21-619  RHP Paul Campbell           Clemson
22-649  RHP Alex Valverde            Miami Dade CC South
23-679  RHP Zack Mozingo            Univ. of Mount Olive
24-709  C Jordyn Muffley               Parkland College
25-739  C Andrew Miller                 Southwest Tenn. CC
26-769  1B Scott Schreiber             Nebraska
27-799  LHP Blake Pflughaupt         Galveston College
28-829  SS Justin Bridgman            Nevada-Reno
29-859  RHP Ryan Askew               Mercer
30-889  RHP Gavin Williams           Cape Fear (N.C.) HS
31-919  C Chris Williams                Clemson
32-949  3B Seaver Whalen             Lewis-Clark State
33-979  LHP Ivan Pelaez                Faulkner Univ.
34-1009 2B Trey Hair                     Evansville
35-1039 RHP Garrett Anderson       Florida Gulf Coast
36-1069 RHP Kyle Goodbrand         UC-San Diego
37-1099 CF Cole Cabrera               Punahou (Hawaii) HS
38-1129 C JJ Schwarz                    Florida
39-1159 RHP Jonathan Stroman     La Cueva (N.M.) HS
40-1189 3B Allen Smoot                Univ. of San Francisco.

Here is bio information compiled by the Rays on their top 11 picks:

LHP/1B Brendan McKay
+ Is a three-time winner of collegiate baseball's John Olerud Award, which is given to the nation's top two-way player.
+ Tabbed as the No. 2 overall player in the draft by and was ranked third by Baseball America and ESPN.
+ Is one of four finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given to the top player in collegiate baseball...has been named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the top amateur baseball player in the United States.
+ Through the Super Regionals, is batting .343 (72-for-210) with 17 HR and 56 RBI and has gone 10-3 with a 2.34 ERA (104-IP, 27-ER) and 140 SO in 16 starts...was named the 2017 ACC Player of the Year and is currently tied for fifth in the conference in homers, tied for first in wins, fourth in ERA, first in strikeouts and third in innings pitched.
+ Was Baseball America's 2017 College Player of the Year, an honor David Price also received 10 years ago.
+ According to Baseball America, had a scoreless streak of 72.1 IP over his final two seasons at Black Hawk High School outside of Pittsburgh, Pa., the second-longest streak in recorded United States high school history.
+ Marks the fourth time that the current ownership group led by Stuart Sternberg has held a Top 10 overall pick in the draft...with their three previous selections, they drafted third baseman Evan Longoria (No. 3 overall in 2006), left-handed pitcher David Price (No. 1 overall in 2007) and shortstop Tim Beckham (No. 1 overall in 2008).
+ Previously selected by the San Diego Padres in the 34th round of the 2014 June Draft.

RHP Drew Rasmussen
+ Underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2016...returned to pitch for Oregon State in late April of this season.
+ Through the Super Regionals, is 3-0 with a 0.83 ERA (21.2-IP, 2-ER) and 22 SO in 6 apps (4 starts) this season, re-
turning from Tommy John surgery...prior to his injury last season, was 4-1 with a 3.41 ERA (37-IP, 14-ER) in 6 starts.
+ Was voted a team co-captain for this season despite his uncertain playing status due to Tommy John surgery.
+ As a freshman in 2015, had a perfect game against Washington State University, the first in program history...named first team All-Pac 12, going 7-4 with a 2.80 ERA (106-IP, 33-ER) and 82 SO in 19 apps (14 starts).
+ Played with the Rays No. 4 selection, Brendan McKay, on USA Baseball's 2015 Collegiate National Team.
+ Previously selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 39th round of the 2014 June Draft.
+ Also lettered three years in football as a linebacker at Mount Spokane (Wash.) HS.

RHP Michael Mercado
+ As a high school senior, went 9-1 with a 0.69 ERA (70.2-IP, 7-ER) and 97 SO, allowing only 29 hits and 17 BB.
+ Named first team All-CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) as a senior, one of three pitchers selected.
+ Both of his parents, David and Shelley, are former collegiate tennis players.
+ Prior to his junior year of high school, committed to play college baseball at Stanford University...also received offers from Arizona, Arizona State, San Diego State, Utah and Washington.

SS Taylor Walls
+ Through the Super Regionals, is batting .276 (69-for-250) with 8 2B, 8 HR, 47 RBI, 63 BB and 10 SB.
+ Became the highest drafted Florida State shortstop since Stephen Drew went No. 15 overall in 2004.
+ Went 3-for-3 with 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB and 5 runs on June 11, when Florida State punched their ticket to Omaha.
+ During his sophomore season at Florida State, hit .355 (88-for-248) with 20 2B, 6 HR, 46 RBI and 59 BB...named first team All-American by Baseball America following the season...also named second team All-ACC and played on the summer's USA Baseball Collegiate National Team...made the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
+ Named the 2014 Ray Knight Player of the Year after his senior season at Crisp County (Ga.) HS, given to the best player in southwest Georgia...named first team All-State as a junior and senior in high school.
+ Played basketball for three years at Crisp County HS.

RHP Drew Strotman
+ Went 6-1 with a 4.57 ERA (67-IP, 34-ER) and 3.00 SO/BB ratio in 18 apps (7 starts) this season (75-SO, 25-BB).
+ Was the highest draft pick out of Saint Mary's in five seasons...they had the No. 52 overall selection in 2012.
+ Named a Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League All-Star in 2016 as a member of the Bethesda Big Train...made 7 apps (6 starts) for the Big Train, going 3-2 with a 2.48 ERA (32.2-IP, 9-ER)...his bio for the Big Train listed the San Francisco Giants as his favorite team and Max Scherzer as his favorite pitcher.
+ Went 6-3 with a 0.54 ERA as a senior at Homestead (Calif.) HS...won Team MVP honors as a senior.

LHP Josh Fleming
+ Became the first player ever drafted from Division III Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo.
+ Went 8-1 with a 0.68 ERA (92.2-IP, 7-ER) in 13 apps (all starts) this season...ranked among Division III leaders in ERA (first), WHIP (0.71, first), strikeouts (115, 2nd) and complete games (8, fourth).
+ Named Division III Pitcher of the Year and Central Region Pitcher of the Year by
+ In 2016, was 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA (34.1-IP, 11-ER) and 50 SO in 6 apps (all starts).

SS Zach Rutherford
+ Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 101 overall prospect in this year's draft...ranked No. 113 by
+ Hit .332 (78-for-235) with 25 2B, 2 HR, 56 RBI, 21 BB and 7 SB as a junior...named first team All-Conference USA, leading the conference in doubles, and was also named Conference USA's Defensive Player of the Year...named a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award, given to the nation's top collegiate shortstop.
+ Is the highest drafted player out of Old Dominion since Ryan Yarbrough (now in the Rays system) in 2014.
+ layed for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod League in 2016...was an All-League selection and was named the West Division's Most Valuable Player in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game.
+ Lists his favorite athlete as Mike Trout, and lists his favorite team as the St. Louis Cardinals.

LHP Hunter Schryver
+ Went 4-6 with a 2.44 ERA (73.2-IP, 20-ER) and 91 SO in 12 apps (all starts) as a senior...named Philadelphia's Big 5 Pitcher of the a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, which recognizes seniors who excel in four areas: community, classroom, character, and competition...the winner will be announced during the College World Series.
+ Named Philadelphia's Big 5 Co-Pitcher of the Year as a junior, going 6-4 with a 2.64 ERA (88.2-IP, 26-ER) in 15 apps (14 starts)...became the first Villanova pitcher named to the All-Big East first team since Dan Boublis in 1998.
+ Is the highest drafted Villanova player since Matt Szczur went to the Cubs in the fifth round in 2010.
+ Was born in Mechanicsburg, Pa. ...according to his school's bio, he chose to attend Villanova for their nationally-ranked engineering school.

RHP Riley O'Brien
+ Attended Shoreline (Wash.) HS, the same high school the Rays selected Blake Snell out of in the 2011 June Draft.
+ Became the fifth College of Idaho player ever to be drafted, and the highest College of Idaho player ever selected.
+ Played one season at College of Idaho, transferring from Everett (Wash.) CC...went 3-4 with a 2.15 ERA (67-IP, 16-ER) and 81 SO in 20 apps (6 starts) as a junior, his lone season there...worked out of the bullpen while at Everett.
+ The Rays have selected a player out of the state of Washington in all but one of the team's 22 drafts, dating back to their inaugural June Draft in 1996...the only year they didn't select someone from Washington was 2012.

LHP Andrew Gist
+ Was 3-4 with a 3.80 ERA (73.1-IP, 31-ER) and 79 SO in 17 apps (11 starts) as a senior...had a 4.16 SO/BB ratio, up from 2.64 as a 2016, he was 3-2 with a 5.18 ERA (48.2-IP, 28-ER) in 15 apps (6 starts).
+ Attended Walters State (Tenn.) CC during his freshman and sophomore seasons...was the starting pitcher for two of the team's three wins in the 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series.
+ Was a honorable mention to the Southeast's all-region team by Perfect Game coming out of high school.

RHP Phoenix Sanders
+ Was 6-2 with a 2.78 ERA (97-IP, 30-ER) and 109 SO in 16 starts as a senior...ranked second in the American Athletic Conference in strikeouts and fourth in the conference in ERA...had an AAC-leading 44 called strikeouts.
+ Ranked fifth in the AAC with 95 SO as a junior...was 5-5 with a 4.15 ERA (95.1-IP, 44-ER) in 16 apps (15 starts).
+ Did not receive any Division I offers out of high school...attended Daytona State College as a freshman and sophomore...born in Aussburg, Germany.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misspelled Blake Pflughaupt's surname. This article has been updated.


[Last modified: Friday, July 7, 2017 7:58pm]


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