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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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PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – MARCH 29: A general view of the Charlotte Sports Park during the Spring Training Game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays on March 30, 2016 at the Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte, Florida. The Rays defeated the Red Sox 4-3.(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – MARCH 29: A general view of the Charlotte Sports Park during the Spring Training Game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays on March 30, 2016 at the Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte, Florida. The Rays defeated the Red Sox 4-3.(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

Pick #99

The third round may offer the Rays a chance to take a chance on a Canadian prep outfielder or a future closer.

Dasan Brown, OF, Abbey Park (Ontario)

  • MLB 200 Rank: 103

With 5 picks in the first 100, the Rays can afford to take a chance or two. Dasan Brown would be just that chance. A raw, super athletic outfielder with top of the line speed, Brown will take time to develop and add strength but the potential is there. In addition to their plethora of early picks, the Rays have one of the deepest farm systems in baseball and can afford to take a risk at 99.

Tony Locey, RHP, Georgia

  • MLB 200 Rank: 105

He sits 92-95 but has touched 97 and is even expected to hit 100 if he is moved to the pen.  He pairs a low-80’s slider with his high-octane fastball. He hasn’t showed too much ability to throw his changeup which means he might end up like Ryne Stanek.

Jordan Brewer, OF, Michigan

  • MLB 200 Rank: 108

Another player with 20-20 potential, Brewer showcases above average speed and plus raw power. During his time in Juco-ball, Brewer played center field but will likely stick in the corners as he did while at Michigan. He took home the Big Ten’s Player fo the Year award earlier this season.

Next. Reviewing the 2018 Draft. dark

Over the next 3 days, the Tampa Bay Rays will welcome a new crop of talent into their organization. Many will never fulfill their dream of playing in the big leagues, but a select few will. Either way, the next three days will change their lives forever.

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