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Tampa Bay Rays: Revisiting and Analyzing the 2018 draft

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MALIBU, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: A General View Of The Atmosphere at a charity softball game to benefit “California Strong” at Pepperdine University on January 13, 2019 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for California Strong)
MALIBU, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: A General View Of The Atmosphere at a charity softball game to benefit “California Strong” at Pepperdine University on January 13, 2019 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for California Strong) /

The Rays found a power bat 25 rounds in.

Rounds 21-30

  • Number of Picks: 10
  • Picks signed: 6
  • Pitchers: 4 (1 LHP/3 RHP)
  • Position Players: 2 (OF/3B)
  • 4 Year: 5
  • 2 Year: 1
  • High School: 0

As we get deeper into any draft, the unknowns become greater. For the Rays, the latter half of the draft began with the selection of Kerry Wright, 630th overall. A prep pitcher, Kerry turned down the Rays and instead opted to begin his collegiate career at the University of Louisville. He was the first player to not sign with the club.

The Rays then turned their attention to college pitching and selected Jake Labosky out of Duke and  Daiveyon Whittle out of Fresno Community College. The most rewarding pick, though, would come  in the 25th round when the Rays selected Jordan Qsar out of Pepperdine University. The 6’3″, 195 pound junior would sign for $15,000 and head to Princeton.

Best Player: Jordan Qsar, OF, 25th Rd., 750th overall

Jordan Qsar would be sent directly to Princeton where he demolished Rookie league pitching to the tune of a .350 AVG and 10 bombs in only 40 games. He was then promoted to Hudson Valley, the Rays short-season affiliate where his average dropped off significantly… which is why he is also the most interesting player.

Most interesting player: Jordan Qsar, OF, 25th Rd., 750th overall 

The kid can hit and he proved that at Pepperdine and at Princeton last season. But, he did struggle with short-season pitching and that is what makes him the most interesting player to watch from this group of draft picks. The power is obvious as he hit 13 at Pepperdine prior to being drafted and 14 more as a minor leaguer in 2018. He appears to still be in extended spring as he has not been assigned to an affiliate yet.

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