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Postby raiders_umpire » Tue May 22, 2007 8:34 pm

Amatter32 wrote:
LukeW9027 wrote:It would be an absolute catasrophe if the D-rays pass on this guy. The need another good starter and this guy has amazing potential


They have Davis and McGee already



You can never have too much good young pitching. I imagine if we do sign Price, there will still be room for Davis and McGee on the Devil Rays staff in 2009. That bullpen needs a rehaul as well and either Davis or McGee would be just fine in the pen.
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Postby powenM » Tue May 22, 2007 8:53 pm

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Rays looking ahead to first pick of draft
Team confident first choice will be right choice
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com

Vanderbilt University's David Price could be selected first overall this year. (Todd J. Van Emst/AP)
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ST. PETERSBURG -- Time is running out for the Devil Rays to make a decision on which player they will select with the first pick in Major League Baseball's 2007 First Year Player Draft in June.
"We're getting down to the end because this is the last week we can scout," Rays scouting director R.J. Harrison said. "We've got conference tournaments coming up and just last looks. And then a week from Monday, the guys will start coming in, we'll have all of our area guys in for two days of meetings, and we'll start getting our board together."

The Rays have had the first overall pick twice since participating in their first draft in 1996. In 1999, they used the pick to select Josh Hamilton (now with the Cincinnati Reds), and in 2003, they used it to select Delmon Young; both outfielders are now Major League rookies.

If a census of scouts and media was taken, Vanderbilt left-handed pitcher David Price would be the overwhelming favorite to be selected first.

Price has a nice resume, but most impressive could be the performance he put forth as the ace of the USA Baseball National Team's gold medal-winning squad that competed at the FISU World University Championships in Cuba last summer. Price finished 5-1 with a 0.20 ERA in eight starts with 61 strikeouts and only seven walks in 44 innings.

Price is polished and close to Major League ready and he is advised by Bo McKinnis, an agent the Rays have worked with in the past.

While most believe Price is the obvious choice, the Rays are not tipping their hand just yet.

"I've been out and I've met with three guys," Harrison said. "We've narrowed it down to three guys and I've gone and had lunch or dinner with all three. That's where we're at with the process."

Those three guys are Price, Georgia Tech catcher Matt Wieters, and Cypress (Calif.) High School third baseman Josh Vitters.

A consensus of who is the better pick will be the determining factor for the selection.

"Our goal all along has been that we want to take the guy we think is the best prospect of the draft," Harrison said. "That's what we've narrowed this down to. You know, we're still three weeks away and funny things can happen. I mean, these guys have to play three more weeks. Something can happen, so just to stand here and say 'Well, that's our guy,' I think it's really premature."

Wieters will be represented by agent Scott Boras, who is often deemed a deterrent to a player being selected, but Harrison said signability will not be a big factor for the top selection.

"All along, our goal has been to take the best player," Harrison said. "That's why it wouldn't be prudent for me to sit here and say 'That's the guy, or that's the guy.' We've got three good options."

In addition, the Rays won't make their decision based on which player is the closest to being ready to play in the Major Leagues.

"I just sat in [Rays manager] Joe's [Maddon] office," Harrison said. "We were talking about that. ... I guess conventional wisdom would say the best college player is a little closer to the big leagues than the best high school player. But I don't think you make that choice based upon the thinking that that guy is going to be catching for us a year from now, or pitching [for us]. I think you've got to get them into the system and let development take its course. I don't buy into that.

"[The Rays have] taken three college pitchers in the first round, and we probably pushed the first guy [Dewon Brazelton] a little too soon. We're still waiting on the other two. Injuries get in the way and a lot of things can happen, so you let those guys develop normally. They should just be able to get on track a little bit further along. They're not going to have to pitch at the lower levels."

One pick does not make a draft, and the Rays are trying to get a handle on the rest of their draft as well.

"Right now, I'm pretty comfortable with where we are at the top," Harrison said. "That's going to take care of itself. I told one of our guys, we were talking the other night, I'm real confident about where we're at with the first pick and I'm good with where we are from the fourth round through the rest of the draft, but the second round and third round ..."

Harrison allowed a smile to punctuate the coming challenge of finding quality picks for the second and third rounds.

"The second round [is challenging], because we have to sit and wait for so long [for it to arrive]," Harrison said. "There are 35 sandwich picks. Our second-round pick is really a third-round pick. We don't choose until the 66th pick, so trying to figure out who is going to be there and what kind of guy [will be available] -- that's what I've been trying to do. I've got our guys [out there], specifically going to places where we have a shot at some players we think might come back around to us. So we get a last look at them -- and a fresh look -- so when we get together, we can make a pretty good decision."
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Postby celtics464 » Fri May 25, 2007 6:29 pm

sonnanstine will finish out that monster rotation
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Postby nathan050904 » Fri May 25, 2007 6:38 pm

I think your wasting the kids potential by putting him in the pen. McGee is a absolute stud.

I have their future rotation as this...

1-Scott Kazmir
2-David Price
3-Jeff Niemann
4-Jacob McGee
5-James Shields

You can almost put this in any order you choose. All these arms have "ace" potential. I am not exactly sold on James Shields yet.


Move guys like Talbot, Davis and co. in the pen.
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Postby 05worldserieschamps » Fri May 25, 2007 7:34 pm

They have Davis and McGee already


So you suggest the draft a hitter? They are already loaded in those. BA's Jim Callis said it first and Im starting to agree: The Devil Rays will win the World Series in 2010.
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Postby raiders_umpire » Sat May 26, 2007 9:40 am

nathan050904 wrote:I think your wasting the kids potential by putting him in the pen. McGee is a absolute stud.

I have their future rotation as this...

1-Scott Kazmir
2-David Price
3-Jeff Niemann
4-Jacob McGee
5-James Shields

You can almost put this in any order you choose. All these arms have "ace" potential. I am not exactly sold on James Shields yet.


Move guys like Talbot, Davis and co. in the pen.



Honestly if Wieters had an agent that the Drays got along with, I would not mind having him as a future Ray, but Price is the pick here. I think a duo of McGee and Townsend would make an awesome 1-2 punch in the 8th and 9th innings in the very near future. But if McGee can continue to improve and get stronger, I feel he could be a very good starter and then Shields could become trade bait after next offseason. We will definitely be in the need for a veteran first basemen or veteran strong middle reliever, so Shields could be moved then if McGee can continue to gain strength.
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Postby joe75123 » Sat May 26, 2007 6:44 pm

i will most likely have the 1st pick in our draft this offseason. so you know who i am going with. this is what my pitching will look like with him, david price. we use holds as a catagory too

D Price
E Santana
C Capuano
J Duchscherer
M Pelfrey
T Saito
S Elbert
C.C. Sabathia
C Hamels
H Bailey
R Hill
J Weaver
B Webb
J Hirsh
K Farnsworth
J Samardzija
J O. Sanchez
B Howry
Chris Ray
C Kershaw
J Zumaya
D Guerra
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Postby nathan050904 » Sat May 26, 2007 7:08 pm

Nice Pitching Staff! I have the first 4 picks in this years "entry draft" for my league. My staff is already loaded but, I plan on taking Price and Porcello. So my staff would then look like this:

10 Team H2H 5X5

Felix Hernandez
Scott Kazmir
Cole Hamels
Matt Cain
Phil Hughes
Tim Lincecum
Chad Billingsley
Homer Bailey
Yovani Gallardo
Andrew Miller
Adam Miller
Clayton Kershaw
Nick Adenhart
Scott Elbert
Jacob McGee
Franklin Morales
Kyle Drabek
Deolis Guerra
Dellin Betances
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David Price
Rick Porcello
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