The Tampa Bay Rays went with an electric prep arm for their second pick of the night.
The Tampa Bay Rays selected JJ Goss out of Cypress Ranch High School in Houston, Texas with the 36th overall pick of the 2019 draft. Goss is committed to Texas A&M, but the Rays are hoping to lure him away. Here is what they got:
JJ Goss, RHP, Cypress Ranch High School
- 18 years old
- 6’3″ // 185 lbs.
Goss lives 90-92 but has touched 96 MPH. The electric right hander has also showcased a plus slider and changeup as well as an advanced ability to throw strikes. The Rays have a history of drafting and developing prep arms and Goss could be the next success for the organization.
Here is what the experts are saying:
"He has one of the better sliders in the high school ranks, a low-80s breaker with late bite and two-plane depth at times. He also has good feel for a changeup with similar velocity and some fade.He has a quick, whippy arm that works well, though his arm action does get long in back. He should be able to hold up as a pro starter once he adds some strength."
"Goss is one of the more unique high school pitchers in the class, a plus athlete with a funky cross-body delivery, and a dynamic two-pitch mix."
Here is some video of the prep arm from 2080 Baseball:
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Upon signing, JJ Goss will join one of the best organizations in all of baseball for developing young pitchers and it will be fun to watch him develop. Last season they drafted Matthew Liberatore out of highs cool in the first round and traded for Shane Baz who was drafted out of high school ion the first round of the 2017 draft.