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Tampa Bay Rays: Best Players Available on Day 2 of MLB Draft

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- AUGUST 23: Cole Wilcox #30 of the USA Baseball 18U National Team during the national team trials on August 23, 2017 at Siebert Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN- AUGUST 23: Cole Wilcox #30 of the USA Baseball 18U National Team during the national team trials on August 23, 2017 at Siebert Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images) /
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The Tampa Bay Rays have four picks remaining on day two of the MLB Draft tonight. Here are the best players available.

Last night, the Tampa Bay Rays selected 17-year-old right-handed-pitcher Nick Bitsko out of high school with the 24th pick and shortstop Alika Williams out of Arizona State University with the 37th pick.

Tonight they have the following picks remaining:

Round Two – Pick 57
Round Three – Pick 96
Round Four – Pick 126
Round Five – Pick 156

While there are some pretty big names left like Cole Wilcox or Dillon Dingler, it’s unlikely they fall all the way to the 57th pick…Then again, you never know what teams are actually thinking on draft day. They don’t abide by the rankings of publications. For instance, the Boston Red Sox selected Nick Yorke out of Archbishop Mitty High School with the 17th overall pick. Fangraphs had him ranked 165th.

According to those same rankings, here are the best players not selected in day one of the draft.

  • 18. Cole Wilcox, RHP
  • 19. Clayton Beeter, RHP
  • 24. J.T. Ginn, RHP
  • 28. Jared Kelley, RHP
  • 29. Dillon Dingler, C
  • 30. Tanner Witt, RHP
  • 31. Carson Montgomery, RHP
  • 34. Christian Roa, RHP
  • 35. Freddy Zamora, SS
  • 38. Daniel Cabrera, LF
  • 39. Masyn Wynn, RHP/SS
  • 42. C.J. Van Eck, RHP
  • 43. Casey Martin, SS
  • 44. Burl Carraway, LHP
  • 45. Dax Fulton, LHP
  • 47. Tommy Mace, RHP
  • 49. Chris McMahon, RHP
  • 50. Drew Bowser, 3B
  • 51. Nick Swiney, LHP
  • 52. Kevin Parada, C
  • 53. Kyle Nicolas, RHP
  • 55. Anthony Servideo, SS
  • 57. Logan Allen, LHP
  • 58. Elijah Nunez, CF
  • 59. Petey Halpin, CF

The odds are that some of these guys will be there when the Rays make their first pick tonight. Like I mentioned, you just don’t know how the teams actually value these players or which teams are trying to reach down the draft to save some of their allocated money for later rounds.

The Braves selected the 62nd ranked player, Jared Shuster, with the 25th pick in the draft. The Rays took 77th ranked Alika Williams with the 37th pick. The Indians had the 23rd and 36th picks of the night and used them on the 54th and 56th ranked players.

Next. Rays take Nick Bitsko in 1st Round. dark

The teams don’t use popular publications to evaluate these players so there should be some surprises tonight. Who do you hope the Rays take with the 57th pick?

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