Originally posted on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 6/6/13
The Rays do not pass up the opportunity of drafting a catcher with their first pick on Thursday’s First-Year Player Draft. With pick No. 21, the Rays selected catcher Nick Ciuffo from Lexington (S.C.) High School and at No. 29 selected right handed pitcher Ryne Staneck from the University of Arkansas. Videos of each prospect can be found after the media release from the Rays. 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-base percentage. He was also named a 2013 Rawlings ...
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