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Tampa Bay Rays 2019 Draft: Previewing the Rays’ first 5 selections

By Austin Reimann
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - MAY 11: A general view after Yandy Diaz #2 of the Tampa Bay Rays hit a 3-run homer off of Nestor Cortes Jr. #67 of the New York Yankees in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Tropicana Field on May 11, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays won 7-2. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - MAY 11: A general view after Yandy Diaz #2 of the Tampa Bay Rays hit a 3-run homer off of Nestor Cortes Jr. #67 of the New York Yankees in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Tropicana Field on May 11, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays won 7-2. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – APRIL 24: A general view of Tropicana Field during a game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Kansas City Royals on April 24, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Royals won 10-2. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – APRIL 24: A general view of Tropicana Field during a game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Kansas City Royals on April 24, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Royals won 10-2. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

Pick #40

With their selection at 40, the Emilio pagan trade will essentially finally be complete. The Rays sent away a top pitching prospect to Texas in exchange for Emilio Pagan, Rollie Lacy, and this pick. Now, we will get to see who they can come away with. I have my eyes set on a few infielders and a pitcher they may select at #40, including a pair of power hitting UCLA Bruins.

Mike Toglia, 1B, UCLA 

  • MLB 200 Rank: 40

A slugging first baseman with a thunderous swing for the right side, Toglia may be the college bat the Rays are targeting this year. The young junior has huge raw power potential from the right side. Toglia totaled 16 bombs this season at UCLA which isn’t shocking thanks to a 6’5” frame.

Rece Hinds, 3B,  IMG Academy (FL)

  • MLB 200 Rank: 42

If they miss out on Gunnar Henderson at 22, the Rays may opt to select Hinds’ and his raw power. There are some concerns about his swing and miss potential but Hinds is young and has tons of upside. Whether or not the Rays entertain him as a possibility will largely depend on who they get at 22.

Matthew Lugo, SS, Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy

  • MLB 200 Rank: 38

The Rays love shortstops and the may nab their first of the 2019 draft at #40. The 6’1” 185 pound shortstop has shown a good approach at the plate with some surprising pop. While he may not stick at short, the Rays love players like Lugo.

Isaiah Campbell, RHP, Arkansas 

  • MLB 200 Rank: 45

At 6’4” 225 pounds, Campbell is an imposing force on the mound. Sitting 91-95 but touching 98, the junior has impressed with his ability to throw all of his pitches for strikes. Those other pitches include a slider and cutter. He is expected to be one of the first right-handed pitchers taken.

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