Steve Melewski writes about all the early draft picks the Rays have this year:
Did you see all the draft picks that Tampa Bay will have in June?
Counting the first round and the supplemental round after that, the Rays will make 10 picks before the second round and 12 through round two.
That is a massive haul that someone figured out would have taken nine million in bonuses to sign just those players last year using the slot numbers for those individual picks.
While Tampa does not have a pick until the 24th overall selection, which they got for losing Carl Crawford, they also will select 31st and 32nd in round one. Three times they will have back-to-back picks during those 12 selections.
For an organization that has been stellar in scouting and player development, this could set up the Rays for long-term success despite the players it lost this winter.
Reminds me of when the A’s had nine picks within the first 98 players chosen back in 2002.
Assuming that Tampa does better with their picks than Oakland did in the Moneyball draft, and considering that the Yankees roster is going to have some serious baggage in 2013, this could be future bad news in Yankeeland.