First of all, there is something very wrong with the MLB entry draft when the Boston Red Sox have already made five selections and the Devil Rays have yet to make their third. We understand compesation for lost free agents, but this is ridiculous. The draft should be the one place where the small-market teams are on equal ground with the big market clubs. However, teams like the Red Sox that overhaul their roster each season in the free agent market lose free agents by design. They lose players they don’t want anymore and they get an extra 2 or 3 draft picks between the 1st and 2nd rounds to ease their “suffering.” It also favors big teams like Boston when they sign an expensive free agent to a 1-year contract and then “lose” that player the following off-season, when in fact they had no intention of re-signing that player. Unbelievable…Teams like the Devil Rays will never be compensated because the current system does not favor small-market teams retaining potential free agents, the Devil Rays trade those players away for markedly less than 1st round talent.
After taking Eva Longoria…damn it…we wish they had taken Eva…After taking Evan Longoria, the Rays chose University of San Diego right handed pitcher Josh Butler. Butler is 6’5″ 200 lbs junior. He is 21 years old. This past season, Butler went 8-5 with a 3.06 ERA in 15 starts. in 108.2 innings, he gave up 112 hits and 34 walks with 99 strikeouts. Here is the scouting report on Butler from MLB.com…
He followed up a decent sophomore season with a very good one as the Toros’ Saturday starter, beginning by shutting down Texas. With a projectable frame, his fastball touches 94 and he throws a plus slider and an improving changeup.
As for Evan Longoria, he is listed as 6’2″ 213 lbs. He is 20 years old. This past season at Long Beach State he batted .353 in 56 games with 11 HR and 43 RBI. He had an OPS of 1.070. Here is the scouting report on Longoria from MLB.com.
The best college bat in the draft, Longoria can play all over the infield. He doesn’t have one tool that jumps out for scouts, but can hit for average and power.
In the third round, the Rays selected their first high school player, Nicholas Fuller, with the 79th pick overall. Fuller is from Kell high school in Georgia. He is an 18 year old right handed pitcher (6′ 1″, 195 lbs). Below is the scouting report from MLB.com.
He’s got a live mid-90s fastball and a slider that has the chance to be a plus offering. He’s got a maximum effort delivery that concerns some, but has the makings of a future closer.