On Monday night, the Rays used their first pick (number 24 overall) on Taylor Guerrieri, a pitcher from Spring Valley High School in South Carolina. And the more we hear about this kid, the more we are left scratching our heads.
First there were reports of character issues and immaturity…Whatever. He is a high school kid. We’d be more shocked if he didn’t have some maturation left to do.
But then we heard this strange little nugget in which Guerrieri wouldn’t even talk to his hometown paper at the suggestion of his “advisors”…OK, that’s a little weird. Not even a “I am really excited for this opportunity” or an “I have been waiting for this day for a long time” comment. But meh. It wouldn’t be the first over-protective “advisor.”
But then the story took a strange turn when we read that the Rays have yet to speak with Guerrieri despite efforts to do so.
So far [the Rays] can’t even get pitcher Taylor Guerrieri, their top pick on Monday night, to return phone calls…”With a lot of these guys, it’s just going to be a matter of letting things settle down and we’ll get with them,” scouting director R.J. Harrison said. “I intend to go in there next week or so to meet with the family, really emphasize to them the importance of getting him out playing, and we’ll just go from there.”
Huh-wah? Who is advising this kid, Charlie Chaplin?
Now that is weird. We have no idea how often this happens, but it would seem to be pretty rare for a first round pick. It is usually pretty customary to get the “congrats, welcome to the team, we’re excited to have you” phone call.
The excitement over this draft pick is fading about as fast as his 97 mph fastball.