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Tampa Bay Rays: Revisiting and Analyzing the 2018 draft

By Austin Reimann
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MILWAUKEE, WI – SEPTEMBER 03: A Wilson baseball glove and major league baseballs sits on the field at Miller Park on September 3, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jeff Haynes/Getty Images)
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They missed out on signing their last 4 picks of the draft, but might have found a nice player at third.

Rounds 31-40

  • Number of Picks: 10
  • Picks signed: 6
  • Pitchers: 2 (1 LHP/1 RHP)
  • Position Players: 4 (3B/SS/RF/C)
  • 4 year: 4
  • 2 year: 1
  • High School: 1

The end of the draft resulted in the Rays missing out on each of their final four selections. Luckily, they did however have a strong beginning, signing each of their draft picks through the 20th round.

Although the Rays could not come to terms with their final four picks, they did sign 6 of their final 10 picks. Of the 6 players they signed, the Rays got a pair of pitchers, 2 infielders, a catcher and outfielder.

Best Player: Kaleo Johnson, 3B, 32nd Rd., 960th overall

Kaleo Johnson signed with the Rays for $25,000 and has gotten off to a good start in the minor leagues. Through 101 career games spread across the Gulf Coast League, Rookie League, short-season, and full-season single-A, Kaleo Johnson has slashed .291/.360/.475 with 14 bombs.

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Most Interesting Player: Kaleo Johnson, 3B, 32nd Rd., 960th overall

Drafted as a third baseman, the Montana State product has made the change to first base during his time with the Bowling Green Hot Rods. It will be interesting to see if he sticks there and rises through the Rays’ ranks at a new position.

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