Rays Take Three First Rounders

Josh Sale (outfielder) hit .520 his senior season with five home runs, six doubles, 20 RBI and 27 walks.  The left-handed hitter was rated by Baseball America as the best high school power hitter, the top corner outfielder, the No. 10 overall prospect, No. 5 position player and top high school outfield prospect in the draft.  Sale was also rated the top player in the draft out of the state of Washington and is the highest-drafted player from the state since Tim Lincecum (No. 10, San Francisco Giants) and Travis Snider (No. 14, Toronto Blue Jays) in 2006.

Justin O’Conner (catcher) becomes the first catcher ever selected by the Rays in the first round.  The right-handed hitter batted .470 (31-for-66) as a senior with eight home runs, 40 RBI, 15 stolen bases, 13 doubles and 43 runs scored.  He was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 high school catcher in the draft, the No. 3 catcher overall behind Bryce Harper and Yasmani Grandal, and the No. 24 prospect overall in the draft.  The publication also rated his arm as the best in the draft among high school position players.

Drew Vettleson (outfielder) is ambidextrous and bats left-handed.  He was rated by Baseball America as the best pure hitter among high schoolers in the draft, the second-best prospect in the state of Washington behind Sale, and the No. 6 corner outfield prospect in the draft.

Notable 17th overall draft picks: Roy Halladay (1995), Brad Lidge (1998), Cole Hamels (2002)

Notable 31st overall draft picks: Greg Maddux (1984), J.P. Howell (2004)

Notable 42nd overall draft picks: Clay Buchholz (2005), Mookie Wilson (1977)

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One Response to Rays Take Three First Rounders

  1. Rob says:

    Sale is a beast.

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