24th Pick: Taylor Guerrieri RHP, Spring Valley HS (SC)
The 2011 Draft belongs to Tampa Bay with a ridiculous 10 picks in the first round, so its not surprising to see them take the best player available without any regard to signability or length of time to develop.
Taylor Guerrieri is a top 10 talent who has inexplicably fallen in to waiting arms of Tampa Bay. With a blazing 97-98 mph fastball and devastating 87-90 mph slider with good command, this kid has serious staff ace potential.
31st Pick: Mike Mahtook OF, LSU
The best way to describe Mahtook is "Professional Hitter". His stance and swing are awkward but so was Ruben Sierra's, so I'm not too concerned.
This is another great pick for the Rays based on talent alone but with a plethora of outfielders, it's not a need pick. Either way, Mahtook will most likely shift to LF as a pro and projects to a long, if not outstanding career.
32nd Pick: Jake Hager SS, Sierra Vista HS (NV)
Tampa dips in to the High School ranks again to select a tantalizing infield prospect in Nevada's Jake Hager.
According to Sports Illustrated, Hager already possesses pro level hitting mechanics with projectable power. His defense looks to play better at third base but regardless how his glove develops, this young man should hit at every level.
38th Pick: Brandon Martin SS, Santiago HS (CA)
Another High School SS for the Rays, however unlike Hager, Martin's reputation is built on is his defense, so he should stick at short. His bat needs work, but it has shown steady improvement.
41st Pick: Tyler Goeddel 3B, St. Francis HS (CA)
With rankings that ran the gamut between Keith Law's 35th and Baseball America's 89th, there seems to be very little consensus on Goeddel's potential.
However, his athleticism, defense and hitting mechanics are all plus aspects and although his power has yet to develop, his tall lanky frame (6'4" 190 lbs) projects well.
42nd Pick: Jeff Ames RHP, Lower Columbia CC (Wash)
This is a developmental pick. Ames, a JuCo power righty, throws 98 mph with mediocre secondary pitches. He'll take time but could develop in to a closer type with time and patience.
52nd Pick: Blake Snell LHP, Shorewood HS (Wash)
I'm starting to dislike this draft for Tampa Bay. Baseball America graded Snell as a fifth-round talent and although he has a nice fastball he has very poor secondary pitches.
He's an easy sign though as he doesn't have the grades for college.
56th Pick: Kes Carter OF, Western Kentucky
A five-tool outfielder who wasn't highly regarded mostly based on the competition he faced.
Nonetheless, he really did do it all for the Fightin' Hilltoppers as his career numbers suggest (153 games played with 35 doubles, 15 home runs, 113 RBIs and 26 stolen bases, .512 slugging percentage and made only seven errors.
Fun Fact: highest draft pick in WK school history.
59th Pick: Grayson Garvin LHP, Vanderbilt
At 6'6" 220, Garvin should be throwing harder than 91 mph. However, his control is decent and he does have a nice change-up. Sasquatch Southpaws are tough to pass up and Keith Law liked him for Tampa's pick at No. 30, so he is well regarded.
60th Pick: James Harris Jr. OF, Oakland Tech HS (CA)
Another signable pick, Harris is a long term project but could reap significant rewards in 5-6 years.
Harris is a phenomenal athlete with blazing speed and shows the ability to hit for greater power as he fills out his lanky 6'1" 170-pound frame.