Originally posted on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 6/21/13
The Rays have announced via their press release the signing of one of their first round picks, catcher Nick Ciuffo.  The Tampa Bay Rays have signed catcher Nick Ciuffo (SHOO-fo), their first round selection from the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and the No. 21 pick overall.  He will report to Port Charlotte, Fla., to play for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Rays who start their regular season today. Ciuffo, 18, is the first catcher ever taken by the Rays with their first overall pick.  He was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 22 overall prospect in the draft, No. 2 catcher, No. 1 out of the state of South Carolina and No. 11 among high school players.  He was also ranked as the No. 23 overall prospect by MLB.com. As a senior at Lexington (S.C.) High School, he led his team to a state championship (AAAA) and was named the 2013 South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year after hitting .468 with five home runs, 33 RBI, a .723 slugging percentage and .562 on-...
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