With the 20th pick of the first round in this year’s draft, the Tampa Bay Rays selected Casey Gillaspie from Witchita State, the younger brother of White Sox first baseman Conor Gillaspie.

Gillaspie is a switch-hitting first baseman who has drawn comparisons to Mark Teixeira. He hit .389 with 15 home runs in 59 games for the Shockers this season.

Here is what the talking heads at the MLB Network had to say about the selection.

And here is a scouting video via MLB.com.

And here is a breakdown of his mechanics.



  1. Rob says:

    I like it. Glad they took a guy out of college too.

  2. Skateman says:

    I love this pick. You know what seems to be the rarest commodity league-wise these days? Power. So few guys have it. Flame-throwing pitchers are a dime a dozen. Likewise, super athletic defensive wizards with questionable bats. This guy sure looks like he's got power. Plus, great mechanics. Usually, with these power guys, you have to worry about strike-outs (like Myers). Not the case here. This guy has incredible discipline, walking twice as much as he strikes out. Moreover, I love that his older brother is already in the majors and his dad, a former AAA guy, has been working with him from birth.

    Don't let Derek Shelton near this guy.

    • Jason says:

      last comment sums it up. do NOT let Shelton near him. Maddon's whole hitting philosophy needs to be trashed along with Shelton.

  3. monte says:

    Everybody on this site is constantly trashing Shelton. Reading here, he seems to be the solitary reason the Rays offense is struggling. That could be, I really don't know. I would welcome some of you Shelton bashers telling us exactly what is he doing or not doing that gives him such a negative?

    Don't get me wrong, I am not his apologist, I just want to learn. Thanks.

    • ken says:

      Shelton's (and Maddon's) approach to hitting is very similar to the approach the Royals used in the late 70's into the 80's. Called the Howser approach, Dick Howser being the batting coach, then manager. Heavy emphasis on open stances, hitting the other way, working counts, taking till a strike is called, sacrificing power for moving runners, small ball in other words. Dodgers took the same approach the decade before.
      This approach works if a club has lots of speed, key power guys, strong pitching and great defense. The Rays have mimicked this approach, however they've never had players with the same skill sets, like Wilson, Brett, Balboni, L. Smith, McRae and Frank White.
      You can't shoe horn players into a system, the system, IMO, must compliment your key players. Having Longo and Myers taking so many strikes isn't helping them. They are sluggers, let them swing.


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