3 first-round draft prospects the Tampa Bay Rays could target

The MLB Draft begins on July 14. Here are three big time prospects the Tampa Bay Rays could target with their first-round pick.
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The MLB Draft is right around the corner, beginning on July 14 as part of MLB All-Star Week that takes place in Arlington, Texas. The Tampa Bay Rays currently own the 18th pick in the first round and can go plenty of different directions with who they select. Whether they are positional players or pitchers, here are three big name prospects the Rays can possible look at with the 18th pick.

3 MLB Draft Prospects Tampa Bay Rays Can Target in 2024

3. Jurrangelo Cijntje, Pitcher, Mississippi State

The first prospect is a pitcher to help keep the St. Petersburg pitching factory in order. Of all the arms the Rays currently possess, though, it's safe to say they've got nobody else like this. Jurrangelo Cijntje sits at 5'11" and weighs around 200 pounds.

The key point to Cijntje's game is he can pitch with both hands, and that in and of itself gives the Rays a very unique and cool experiment to work with, even before considering his arsenal. And who's better equipped to work on a challenge like a switch-pitcher than the Rays?!

In his time at Mississippi State, Cijntje finished with a 3.67 ERA in 2024 over the course of 90.2 innings of work. He struck out 113 batters while giving up an opposing batting average of .213 during the season. He was one of the most prominant pitchers in all of college baseball, and although he has been projected in the mid-first round, he could very much fall to the Rays a few picks later than that.