Rays Draft Nick Ciuffo | The Process Report

Rays Draft Nick Ciuffo

The Rays selected prep catcher Nick Ciuffo with the 21st pick in the 2013 MLB draft. Ciuffo’s no stranger around these parts: He was the first player we profiled in early May. Here’s what we said:

Ciuffo attends Lexington High School in Lexington, South Carolina. He—unsurprisingly—is a University of South Carolina commit, having chosen his dad’s alma mater as a 14-year-old. Often with high-school catchers there are concerns about their long-term viability behind the plate. Not with Ciuffo, who receives good grades defensively. He does not figure to be an offensive black hole, either. His swing is short and compact from the left side, and there is power potential to tap into. The skill set puts him into first-round consideration, though it seems fair to wonder about potential signability issues were he to slip too far down the board.

Perfect Game ranked Ciuffo as the 22nd-best prospect in the draft, saying, “A left handed hitting catcher with significant power potential, solid-average arm strength and take-charge skills beyond his years, Ciuffo has first-round ability in all phases of his game.”

Meanwhile, Baseball America wrote, “He projects to hit for at least average power and draws comparisons to A.J. Pierzynski for his tools and competitive edge.”



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