Rays Sign Nick Ciuffo | The Process Report

Rays Sign Nick Ciuffo

The Rays have signed Nick Ciuffo, their top pick in June’s draft, and assigned him to the Gulf Coast League, according to a team release. Here’s what we wrote about Ciuffo before the draft:

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.

Tampa Bay’s other first-round pick, right-hander Ryne Stanek, remains unsigned.

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