Rays Notes: Durham Bulls on Forbes, National TV, More Draft Signings

By Robbie Knopf

After a forgettable day for the Rays, let’s talk about their Triple-A franchise, the Durham Bulls. The news started for the Bulls when they were listed tied for 18th in a Forbes listing of the 20 most valuable minor league teams in connection to an article about the great potential for ROI for billionaires owning minor league franchises. That was nice. Then on Monday afternoon, the Bulls had an opportunity to play a game versus the Detroit Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens, on MLB Network. Unfortunately, it did not go well as they got thrashed 8-3. More on that in our minor league recap from earlier today. It was still nice for the Bulls to get into the public eye a little more than usual, and they will also be on MLB Network on June 25th. Hopefully the Bulls can win some games and take advantage.

In some positive news without a catch, the Rays have signed a bevy of draft picks, 10 to be exact: 5th rounder Bralin Jackson, 13th rounder Dylan Floro, 15th rounder Willie Gabay, 15th rounder Jordan Harrison, 16th rounder Tommy Coyle, 20th rounder R.J. Davis, 28th rounder Dayne Quist, 35th rounder Kris Carlson, 39th rounder Geoff Rowan, and 40th rounder Nick Sawyer. For scouting reports on every Rays draft pick, please check out our Rays 2012 Draft Profiles page here at RCG. Here’s what Baseball America’s Jim Callis had to say on Jackson.

And finally, the Rays came out with their official browser theme a few months ago which I talked about in a little more detail here and they’re now getting set to run a contest for fans with the browser theme. In summary, it looks cool and gives you the Rays’ top stories coming across the upper right-hand corner of your screen, ensuring that you’ll never miss the latest Rays news. The download link is here. It’s worth checking out.