Rays select 30 prospects on Day 2 of Draft
Tampa Bay goes for best available, including 19 position players
ST. PETERSBURG -- After making history on Monday with 10 picks, the Rays went about things in a quieter manner on Day 2 of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
Still, Tampa Bay's scouting director R.J. Harrison was just as pleased with the results.
The Rays selected 30 players on Tuesday and focused on picking the best prospects available, rather than worrying about position needs. In the process, Tampa Bay picked up 11 pitchers, four outfielders, five shortstops, two second basemen, three third basemen, three first basemen and two catchers.
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The Rays began Day 2 by taking outfielder Granden Goetzman with the 75th overall pick. Goetzman, from Palmetto High School in Florida, is the type of player Tampa Bay covets. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound outfielder hit for power with 18 home runs and displayed his speed with 14 stolen bases in his senior season. The Florida Gulf Coast commit projects to be an above-average player in the outfield because of his athleticism and arm.
"It went great," Harrison said. "We were really excited about Goetzman. He was the guy we hoped got to us at No. 75. He has got great measurable tools with the foot speed, really good power and he's big strong kid."
Three of the next six picks were pitchers. The Rays selected right-handers Lenny Linsky with their second pick in the second round and Christoper Floethe in the sixth round, finishing it off with left-hander Ryan Carpenter in the seventh round.
Linksy excelled at Hawaii and led the Western Athletic Conference with 14 saves in his junior year. He was one of 20 players the Rays selected from the college ranks on Tuesday.
"We had gone through a pretty extensive exercise on all of the college relievers," Harrison said. "When it was all said and done, we thought [Linksy] was the one college reliever that, in our evaluation, really separated himself from the rest of the pack."
Four of the high schoolers drafted by Tampa Bay are from California. That group is led by third baseman Jonathan Davis, who was taken in the fifth round.
"We hope that by the end of the summer, we'll add a number of the [high schoolers] to the system," Harrison said. "We think they are all big leaguers. We'll see in a few years what we got."
The Rays rounded out the day by drafting a player from their own backyard in the 29th round. Jonathan Koscso attended the University of South Florida and was born in Tampa.
Here's a pick-by-pick look at the Rays' Day 2 selections:
Round 2, Granden Goetzman, OF, Palmetto High School (Fla.):
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound right-hander projects to be a corner outfielder, although he played center field in high school. Goetzman hit .413 and drilled eight home runs in 25 games during his senior season. He even showed off some speed, racking up 14 stolen bases. Goetzman committed to play for Florida Gulf Coast.
Round 2, Lenny Linsky, RHP, Hawaii:
The right-hander posted a 1.30 ERA in his junior season with Hawaii. He led the Western Athletic Conference and broke the single-season school record with 14 saves. The 6-foot-2 hurler struggled in his freshman year with an 8.47 ERA, but he rebounded to hold opposing offenses to 13 earned runs in 78 2/3 innings over the past two seasons.
Round 3, Johnny Eierman, SS, Warsaw High School (Mo.):
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Missouri native hit .571, tallied 10 home runs and drove in 33 runs. He is committed to LSU, but Eierman said he would consider signing with a Major League team if he was picked high enough.
Round 4, Riccio Torrez, 3B, Arizona State:
The junior doesn't possess a lot of power, but he makes up for it with his knack for driving in runs. He accumulated a .309 average with just three home runs, but he also led Arizona State with 52 RBIs this season. The third baseman also racked up 15 stolen bases. Torrez will need to work on his fielding, as he committed 10 errors in his junior season.
Round 5, Jonathan Davis, 3B, Elk Grove High School (Calif.):
The big 6-foot-3, 220-pound third baseman posted a .484 batting average and accumulated nine home runs and 45 RBIs in his senior season.
Round 6, Christopher Floethe, RHP, Cal State Fullerton:
The hurler turned in an eight inning, two-hit shutout against UC Davis on April 1, on his way to putting up a 3.82 ERA and a 6-3 record in his junior season. He transferred to Cal State Fullerton after two seasons at Fresno State.
Round 7, Ryan Carpenter, LHP, Gonzaga:
The southpaw made 14 starts in his junior season at Gonzaga and finished with a 2.62 ERA and an 8-2 record. Carpenter also struck out 107 batters in 96 innings, earning the West Coast Conference's Pitcher of the Year award.
Round 8, John Alexander, 1B, Glendora High School (Calif.):
The 6-foot-6, 205-pound first baseman hit .386, drilled nine home runs and piled up 36 RBIs in his senior season at Glendora. He has committed to play at UC Irvine.
Round 9, James Rice, C, Western Kentucky:
The 6-foot-3 catcher led the Hilltoppers with a .360 batting average, nine home runs and 59 RBIs in his senior season. He also displayed a good eye at the plate, drawing 35 walks as opposed to 38 strikeouts. Rice was named as one of the 13 semifinalists for the 2011 Johnny Bench Award, which is given to college baseball's best catcher.
Round 10, Jacob Faria, RHP, Gahr High School (Calif.):
The 6-foot-5, 175-pound right-hander posted an 8-1 record and a 1.75 ERA in his senior season. Faria is committed to play for Cal State Fullerton.
Round 11, Cameron Seitzer, 1B, Oklahoma:
The All-Big 12 second-team selection hit .358 in his junior season. He led the team with 26 multi-hit games. Seitzer hit above .300 in each of his three seasons at Oklahoma.
Round 12, Trevor Mitsui, 1B, Shorewood High School (Wash.):
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound first baseman put up an incredible .712 average in his last year at Shorewood. Mitsui also displayed good power, with 13 homers and a 1.635 slugging percentage. He is committed to play at Washington.
Round 13, Tanner English, CF, St. James (S.C.):
The 5-foot-10 outfielder possesses a lot of speed, as he stole 28 bases in his senior season. He hit .412 and racked up seven homers and 13 doubles.
Round 14, Matt Young, OF, Compton Community College (Calif.):
Young hit .426 and drove in 24 runs this season. He also drew 20 walks and struck out only 17 times in 148 at-bats.
Round 15, Tyler Parmenter, SS, Cibola High School (Ariz.):
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound shortstop hit .354 and tallied 14 RBIs in his junior season at Cibola.
Round 16, Brett McAfee, SS, Pine Tree High School (Texas):
McAfee hit just two home runs in his junior season, but he posted a .453 batting average and brought home 21 runs. He is committed to play at Panola College.
Round 17, Taylor Motter, SS, Coastal Carolina:
The All-Big South first-team selection in 2010 finished his latest season with Coastal Carolina with a .288 batting average and 30 RBIs. The junior stole 21 bases in 23 attempts.
Round 18, Andy Bass, RHP, Davidson College:
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound reliever wasn't great in his senior season, finishing with a 5.08 ERA. But the right-hander knows how to rack up strikeouts, punching out 42 batters in 39 innings. Opposing batters hit just .213 off him.
Round 19, RHP Matthew Ramsey, Tennessee:
The two-way player hit and pitched during his time as a Volunteer. He threw just 9 1/3 innings in his junior season, but he managed to post a minuscule 0.96 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. At the plate, he hit .262.
Round 20, SS Garret Smith, Boston College:
He played multiple positions in his senior season, lining up at first base for 25 games, at catcher for 16 games and at third base for five games. Through it all, he made just four errors to record a .988 fielding percentage. The right-hander also pitched and led the team with six saves and a 2.87 ERA.
Round 21, 3B Ryan Terry, Monmouth:
The senior led Monmouth with a .382 batting average and 43 RBIs. However, he also committed 10 errors in the field.
Round 22, RHP Brad Hendrix, Auburn:
The right-hander, who was previously drafted by the Reds in the 30th round, worked primarily out of the bullpen at college, finishing his senior season with a 4.82 ERA and a 2-1 record.
Round 23, CF Matthew Johnson, Arkansas Tech:
The senior did it all in his final season with Arkansas Tech. He hit .454 and racked up nine home runs and 50 RBIs. Johnson also stole 37 bases and was caught just four times.
Round 24, RHP Charles Cononie, Towson University:
The 6-foot-7, 210-pound senior made 13 starts and posted a 3.39 ERA and an 8-3 record. He struck out 94 batters in 85 innings pitched, but also showed a lack of control with 42 walks.
Round 25, RHP Brooks Belter, Occidental College:
Belter lead his squad with five saves and recorded 43 strikeouts in 31 innings. He posted a 1.45 ERA and held opposing batters to a .183 batting average.
Round 26, 2B Raymond Church, Florida Atlantic:
The West Palm Beach native hit .351 and stole 13 bases in his senior season. He racked up 15 doubles and six home runs along the way. Church earned All-Sun Belt honors in his final year at Florida Atlantic.
Round 27, RHP Lucas Irvine, Northwestern State:
The senior was just 6-7 in his final season with Northwestern State, but he finished with a respectable 3.88 ERA. He led the team with 95 innings pitched and 81 strikeouts.
Round 28, C Blake Grant-Parks, Yuba City High School (Calif.):
He hit just two home runs as a senior, but he managed to maintain a .395 batting average.
Round 29, 2B Jonathan Koscso, South Florida:
The senior led the team with a .340 batting average, 72 hits and a .447 on-base percentage, while earning a place on the 2011 All-Big East first team. Koscso played third base in college.
Round 30, RHP Chris Burgess, Black Hawk College:
He posted a 5-3 record and a 1.89 ERA this season. Burgess rang up 65 batters in 52 1/3 innings.
Anthony Chiang is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.