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Once again the Devil Rays are in the running for the first overall pick and have a very good chance at becoming the first team to ever have the top pick in the amateur draft two years in a row (until recently, the top pick alternated between leagues).
Last season we tracked the race for the top pick and with the Devil Rays in the running again this season, we feel compelled now to make this an annual feature.

Last year at this time, the top pick was not a sure thing, but David Price appeared to be the clear favorite. Without an obvious top choice for the 2008 draft, we decided to name this feature after the inaugural namesake. While we plan on running this feature each year in September, we do hope that one of these seasons the Tampa Bay Rays are not among the contenders.

Without further ado, we present the 2nd Annual David Price Sweepstakes and the race for the top pick in the 2008 draft!

Tampa Bay Devil Rays 64 92 3-7 W1
Florida Marlins 66 90 2.0 3-7 L3 5
Pittsburgh Pirates 66 90 2.0 1-9 L9 5
Baltimore Orioles 66 89 2.5 4-6 L1 5
Kansas City 67 88 3.5 4-6 L1 4
Houston Astros 68 88 4.0 5-5 L2 3
Chicago White Sox 68 88 4.0 6-4 L1 3
San Francisco 69 87 5.0 3-7 W2 2
Washington Nationals 69 87 5.0 4-6 W1 2

The race is getting a little tighter as the lead is down to two with the Rays win over the Red Sox on Sunday and Florida and Pittsburgh dropping their weekend games. Three teams (Texas, Cincinnati and St. Louis) were eliminated this weekend. At this point, it appears as though the Pirates will make a strong push in the final week as they have clearly given up on the season. On the other hand they have games remaining against the D-Backs and Cardinals, two other teams that are tanking, while the Marlins have series remaining against the Cubbies and the Mets, two teams fighting for the post-season. The Rays will face the Yankees and the Jays. The Orioles are a longshot at this point as the fear of finishing behind the Rays in the AL East appears to be just enough motivation to win once every couple of days.



  1. TK says:

    I don't know if you're looking for suggestions, but I'd go with Pedro Alvarez. Jim Callis of BA has called him the most likely top pick and he called David Price a good 8 to 9 months out as well. Just a thought. No pressure.

  2. The Professor says:

    Alvarez does appear to be the front runner, but if the Rays have the top pick there will be a lot of chatter for the Rays to take a bat as the number of hitting prospects in the organization has dipped in the past year.

    still. if it were my choice. all things equal. you take the top pitcher and take your chances.


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