The Rays had two picks in the second-round and picked up a college pitcher and a college shortstop.

66. Jacob Thompson, RHP (info via Rays Prospects):  Thompson’s college career has been a mixed bag, with bursts of brilliance interspersed with wildness and control problems. Relying heavily on his fastball, Thompson is an aggressive hurler who resembles, in frame and style, former big leaguer Troy Percival. His 92-94 mph fastball peaks at 95, and Thompson adds an excellent changeup which he mixes in sparingly. Thompson’s primary weakness is his curveball, a pitch he short-arms and doesn’t finish off cleanly. Scouts think that Thompson’s results don’t match his talent because of his unusual arm stroke, which will need to be cleaned up, and a weak delivery finish in which he circles away from the plate. He has the arm and raw stuff to be a mid-rotation starter, but he will more likely end up in the bullpen.

79. Derek Dietrich, SS (info via ESPN.com): Tech’s shorstop Derek Dietrich has had a monster season with the metal bat and will probably go in the top two rounds as a major college performer who isn’t stuck at first base or DH…He’s very strong with good bat speed and he recognizes pitches very well from right-handers. He struggled against lefties with the wood bat on the Cape last summer, although I think that’s a function of his raw strength and the metal bat allowing him to catch up to a pitch he didn’t recognize early enough…In the field, Dietrich can’t play shortstop in pro ball, and I’m not sure he has the feet to handle second or third; he’s not unathletic but is a below-average runner with slow feet, which would put him in an outfield corner long term, although the team that drafts him has to exhaust those other options first…and he is just 20 years old.

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