1st Round Pick Over the Past 10-years: Tampa Bay Rays
The last 10-years have been quite a ride for the Rays when it comes to the Rule 4 Draft. For a period between 2004 and 2007 they struck gold while drafting near the top of Round 1 and helped build the bedrock of their MLB roster that would contend for AL East titles in the years ahead. But beginning with a big whiff in 2008 the Rays have seemed to hit a fallow period that could imperil their long term plan unless a few draftees really step up soon.
2013- Nick Ciuffo C South Carolina prep
Ciuffo was drafted at #21 overall. While high school catchers scare off many teams in the early rounds due to a rather high washout rate, Ciuffo seems to have the overall skill set that could make him the exception. A lefty bat who projects from some power and powerful throwing arm that should make him an asset behind the plate. Only 18, he’s probably three years off.
Ryne Stanek RHP University of Arkansas
Stanek fell to the Rays after having som...