The Rays were lucky enough to have three picks at the end of the first round of the 2011 MLB draft. They also had seven picks in the sandwich round.
With the 24th overall pick, the Rays selected Spring Valley High School (SC) righty Taylor Guerrieri. He was able to light up the radar gun as high as 97 mph this year and was considered to be one of the better prep pitchers in this year's draft. Guerrieri also has average command and a good pitcher's body.
Then, with the 31st overall pick, the Tampa Bay Rays selected LSU outfielder Mike Mahtook. He had a strong offensive year and has great bat speed and hitting mechanics. He should have major league average power and should be able to play any outfield position.
Two picks later, at 33rd overall, the Rays selected Sierra Vista High School (NV) shortstop Jake Hager. He is a big reach for the Rays. Hager was rated as the 122nd-best prospect in this draft by Baseball America. With so many picks, the Rays can afford a reach like this, though.
The Rays' sandwich round picks included Santiago High School (CA) shortstop Brandon Martin, St. Francis High School (CA) third baseman Tyler Goeddel, Lower Columbia College righty Jeff Ames, Shorewood High School (WA) lefty Blake Snell, Western Kentucky outfielder Kes Carter, Vanderbilt lefty Grayson Garvin and finally Oakland Tech Senior High School (CA) outfielder James Harris.
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