Draft Day No. 2 Roundup | The Process Report

Draft Day No. 2 Roundup

The Rays made eight selections on day two of the draft.

In the third round, Tampa Bay popped lean southpaw Brock Burke. Burke is, at least thus far, the youngest player in the Rays’ class, checking in with an August 1996 birthday. Yikes. He comes from Evergreen High School in Colorado, yet has a commitment to the University of Oregon. He is a projectable arm with a lot of work ahead of him before he reaches the majors.

The Rays chose another prep arm in the fourth, in Blake Bivens. The Liberty signee has clean mechanics from which he delivers a low-90s fastball and hammer curveball. Though Bivens doesn’t have a changeup at the time, he would appear to be more polished than the typical high-school pitcher.

College selections comprised the remainder of the day two selections.

University of North Carolina shortstop Michael Russell was tabbed in the fifth round. A grinder type, he’s unlikely to stick at shortstop heading forward.

From there, the Rays selected: Mac James, a catcher from the University of Oklahoma; Mike Franco, a small righty from Florida International; Tennessee Tech third baseman Daniel Miles; Chris Pike, another small righty, this time by way of Oklahoma City University; and Bradley Wallace: a thin righty from Arkansas State University.

The draft concludes today.



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