Here are the Rays supplemental round picks. We will update this post as more picks are made…
38. Brandon Martin, high school shortstop:
[Via ESPN.com] Martin is one of the few shortstops with a chance to stay there in this year’s draft, a class that is stunningly poor at the toughest positions to fill on the diamond (short, catcher, centerfield). Because he has some fast-twitch ability at the plate, he should go off the board fairly quickly.
He has a clean, simple, short swing, with a very direct path to the ball and good hip rotation although little leverage for future power. In the field he has very good hands and quick enough feet to stay at short with an above-average arm, and is an above-average runner as well. He doesn’t have star potential, but projects as an above-average middle infielder who hits for average and contributes on defense.
41. Tyler Goeddel, high school 3B
[via ESPN.com] Goeddel, the brother of Mets farmhand Erik and son of biotech pioneer David, has average or better tools across the board with an excellent feel for the game and a history of performing well against good competition.
He has above-average bat speed with very good balance at the plate, keeping his head level and using the whole field; he has the hip rotation to hit for power down the road, with solid pitch recognition for a high school hitter. He can overswing and roll his front foot, which will pull him offline and produce a lot of fouls down the third base line if he doesn’t correct it. Goeddel’s an above-average runner who plays third in high school and has the arm for the spot but will probably outgrow the position and end up in right field, where I’d expect him to contribute on both sides of the ball.
The fact that he’s played well in showcases and against good pitching this spring has elevated his stock tremendously, putting him into the sandwich/second-round discussion with a chance to go late first if he’s signable.
42. Jeff Ames, high school, RHP
no scouting report
52. Blake Snell, high school, LHP
[via ESPN.com] Snell is among the more projectable left-handed starters in the prep class with a long, lean build and consistent arm action from a three-quarter slot. He pitches from the first base side of the rubber and gets good downhill plane on his fastball that sits 87-91 mph, but touched 94 late in the season. His command is below average.
His breaking ball is a 69-72 mph overhand curve; it’s inconsistent, but was much better the second half of the season and he has a good feel for when to double up on the pitch. Snell throws his changeup regularly and with good arm speed is plus, both good signs, though the pitch is a below-average offering at present.
Snell’s delivery could use a tweak or two, especially out front with his upper half, but there’s not a lot about which to complain. He’s a potential early second-day pick and is considered very signable, which could help his case into the sandwich round. With an improved curveball and fastball command, Snell could be a mid-rotation starter or better, particularly if the velocity continues to tick toward the mid-90s as he fills out physically.
56. Kes Carter, OF, Western Kentucky
[via ESPN.com] A 43rd-round pick by the Marlins in 2008, Carter is a solid athlete with some above-average tools and a chance to hit but probably lacks star potential.
Carter wraps his bat but he has good bat speed and his head remains steady until contact, although he doesn’t keep his hands inside the ball well and can roll his hands over. He’s an above-average runner with the arm strength to stay in center if he proves he has the range for it, which is an open question, but he doesn”t profile in right because he doesn’t have the arm or power necessary for the position.
He has had health issues including a hip flexor that bothered him for several months last year, although he was healthy all spring. Carter’s a third-round talent with a chance to be an average regular, although I think he’ll always flash more ability without fully realizing it.
59. Grayson Garvin, LHP, Vanderbilt
[via ESPN.com] Garvin is a pitchability lefty who’s shown a little more velocity this year along with outstanding command and control, although he still has work to do physically that might help him maintain that average or better fastball.
Typically working at 87-91 mph in the past, he’s been coming out at 90-94 in recent outings, but doesn’t hold it deep into starts. He’s got a changeup that should develop to average with more use and a slow curveball that he’ll need to tighten up. Garvin has the size and arm action to throw a little harder, but isn’t terribly athletic and could stand to clean his body up, after which he may find that velocity more consistent.
He’s a project for player development, but there’s a potential No. 3 starter in here.
60. James Harris,OF, high school
Harris is an outstanding athlete with some present baseball skills, and although he’s still fairly raw overall his signability makes him appealing to teams in the second or third round.
He is a two-sport guy who came out of basketball straight into baseball, a transition that often leaves players starting slowly in the latter sport. He’s a plus runner with some bat speed but didn’t face much quality pitching in school and will need to work hard on pitch recognition; if he improves in that area, he projects as an above-average hitter with fringy to average power but whose ability to get on base plays up because of his speed.
Harris covers a ton of ground in center but has a grade-45 arm. He’s a project, but there’s the potential for an above-average regular who saves runs on defense and adds through his bat and baserunning.