6-8-2015 7-20-49 PM

With the 13th pick in the first round of the MLB Draft, the Rays selected outfielder Garrett Whitley, a high schooler from Niskayuna, New York.

Whitley is a speedy outfielder, listed as 6-2, 195 pounds. He is 18 years old and has committed to play college baseball at Wake Forest.

The MLB Network announcers described Whitley as “maybe the best assortment of tools of anybody in this draft in terms of his offensive profiling and the speed and the ability to stay in center field. There is maybe not another high school bat with more upside.”

Whitley, who grew up a Red Sox fan, was asked what he thinks about the Rays now. He simply responded, “the Rays are the best team in baseball.”

One name that raised eyebrows during the MLB Network’s discussion was Mike Trout.

“The tools are good, the bat speed is unbelievable,” said one commentator. “I don’t know if he is going to have the same power as Mike Trout when all is said and done.”

Of the seven mock drafts we looked at earlier today, none had the Rays taking Whitley, with most thinking the Rays would take a college pitcher.

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  1. Adam says:

    Well spoken kid too.

  2. David says:

    Where did the mocks generally have him going?

    • Fort Myers Dave says:

      Looks like he was projected to go anywhere in the first round with some mockers saying that the D'Backs were considering him with their #1. Some scouts are wary of him because he is from the NE and played against softer competition.... As far as that goes: I wonder if they said the same thing about Trout...

  3. Kevin says:

    Thoughts on the Rays taking a high schooler, seems high schoolers aren't as likely to pan out?

  4. Woodrow744 says:

    After pointing to his name on the draft board, Garrett claimed he felt tightness in his oblique and will be out of action for at least 6 months.

  5. Gus says:

    Such a long road for these guys, it is hard to know. But he seems smart and after the collection of idiots they've drafted high over the years, that is a welcome sight.


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