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.

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 67 89 3.0 4-6 W1 4
Kansas City 67 89 3.0 4-6 L2 4
Houston Astros 68 88 4.0 5-5 L2 3
Chicago White Sox 68 88 4.0 6-4 L1 3
San Francisco 70 87 5.5 4-6 W3 1
Washington Nationals 70 87 5.5 5-5 W2 1

The Giants and the Nationals both picked up wins last night to drop their elimination numbers to 1. A win tonight or a Devil Rays loss and they will be eliminated. Baltimore also picked up a win to fall 3 games back with 6 to play. The victory may have ended the O’s last gasp and any thoughts of the Rays finishing out of the cellar for just the second time in the history of the franchise.



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