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

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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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Pick #61

The Rays’s second round selection may result in the addition of another 2-way player to their system.

Bryce Osmond, 2-Way, Jenks HS (Tex)

  • MLB 200 Rank: 53

Considered one of the best two-way players in the draft, the Rays will likely have their eyes set on Osmond. They have selected a 2-way player in each of the past two drafts and I wouldn’t be surprised if they continued that trend with a section of Osmond. He is believed to be a legit shortstop with a chance to stick on the mound. His 6’3” 175 pound frame has plenty of room for him to grow as well.

Spencer Jones, 2-Way, La Costa Canyon (Cal)

  • MLB 200 Rank: 71

If Osmond isn’t available, the Rays may take a chance on Jones at #61. The 6’7” first baseman and left-handed pitcher has shown potential at the plate while touching 93 on the mound with run.

Will Holland, SS, Auburn 

  • MLB Rank: 62

Knowing how much the Rays like shortstops, Holland could be a perfect fit. At 5’10”, 181 pounds Will Holland has shown deceptive power with speed tp burn. Some believe that he has flashed 20-20 potential.

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