Get to know the entire Tampa Bay Rays 2012 MLB Draft class, from round 1 through round 40. Profiles and scouting reports for every player in this year's draft class. Updated with new profiles every day.
•Was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 21 overall prospect in the draft, No. 2 third baseman, No. 1 out of the state
of South Carolina and No. 13 among college juniors.
•As a junior at Clemson University, he finished with a .336 batting average (78-for-232), 10 home runs, 46 RBI, 63 walks,
a .573 slugging percentage and a .480 on-base percentage.
•Ranked 11th in the ACC in batting average, fifth in slugging percentage, tied for first in walks, third in on-base
percentage and tied for seventh in home runs.
•Joins Evan Longoria as the only third basemen drafted in the first round by the Rays.
•Becomes the 15th first-round draft pick out of Clemson and the first ever taken by the Rays.
•Played predominantly first base during his first two years at Clemson (2010-11) before moving to third base for the 2012
season and was the first in Tigers history to be named First-Team All-ACC at two different infield positions during his career.
In 2011, was named Second Team All-Atlantic Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association and a First Team
•Wore No. 8 at Clemson as a nod to Cal Ripken, Jr.
•The Flemington, N.J., native becomes the eighth New Jersey-born player drafted by the Rays.
•Was previously drafted in the 25th round (No. 757 overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009.
•Three-time All-State selection at Providence Senior High School (N.C.) was named an AFLAC All-American as a junior
in 2008 and played for the USA National team in 2007.
•Was the co-captain of the Tigers this season.•Majors in Marketing at Clemson and is a two-time All-ACC Academic selection (2010-11).
ANALYSIS: Infielder Richie Shaffer is only the second third baseman (Evan
Longoria) selected in the first-round of the MLB Draft by the Rays and is the first-ever Clemson Tiger to be drafted by the franchise. As a junior this season, Shaffer hit .336/.480.573 for the Tigers with 10 home runs, 46 RBI and an ACC-leading 63 walks. Shaffer is one of the draft's top power-bats and can drive the ball out to all parts of the ballpark.
In addition to possessing great power potential, Shaffer also has an advanced approach in the box and displays well-above-average plate discipline. He is an excellent fastball hitter and shows good pitch recognition with the ability to hit to the opposite field. Scout.com's National Baseball Expert Frankie Piliere called Shaffer "a low-risk power-bat" and maintains that he has potential 30 home run power at the next level.
There seems to be some question in the scouting community about the 21-year-old infielder's eventual position in the pros. The Rays say he will be a third baseman for now, but he also offers the positional-flexibility that the franchise places a premium on, and can play both first base and the corner outfield spots adequately. He is an under-rated athlete and while not a burner by any stretch, he shows the ability to steal a bag from time-to-time.
Shaffer has just completed his junior year at Clemson and is not considered to be a signability risk. He profiles to be a fairly quick mover through the Rays system and gives the organization the true right-handed power bat that the system lacks presently.
• Ranked by ESPN.com as the 8th-best high school baseball player in the state of Texas.
• Named to the ESPNHS preseason Texas All-State Baseball Team.
• As a senior at Rockwall (Texas) HS, hit .453 (39-for-86) with 11 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs, 14 RBI and 17 stolen bases.
• Among Texas Division 4A hitters, ranked tied for fifth in homers, sixth in stolen bases and seventh in doubles.
• Ranked 94th in ESPN.com's top 100 national high school prospects.
• Was a two-sport high school athlete for the Rockwall Yellowjackets.
• Played defensive back and wide receiver in football.
• Has recorded a 60-yard dash under 6.7 seconds and 40-yard dash in the 4.4 range.
• His high school teammate, Steve Bean, was drafted 29 spots earlier by the St. Louis Cardinals at No. 59 overall, and his high
school opponent at nearby Rockwall-Heath (Texas) HS, Jake Thompson, was drafted just three picks later by the Detroit
Tigers at No. 91 overall.
• Played for the D-Bat Mustangs (Dallas), the same club team that produced the following players: BAL Dylan Bundy (2011
first-round pick), LAD Clayton Kershaw, LAA Jordan Walden, BAL Jake Arrieta, LAA Vernon Wells, and former Rays Casey
Fossum and Ben Grieve.
• Signed letter of intent with the University of Texas on Oct 9, 2011 after hitting .407 with nine home runs, 37 RBI and 24 SB as
a junior at Rockwall.
ANALYSIS: Similar to so many position players drafted in 2011 by the Rays, Edwards is a prep shortstop who oozes athleticism and has plus, plus speed. His bat still needs some work, but he possesses great bat speed that could translate into power in the future. While he has great range at shortstop, his incredible speed and good arm strength make him a perfect candidate to play center field.
Edwards is teammates with St Louis Cardinals supplemental pick Steve Bean. He was a highly recruited football player as a defensive back and wide receiver and has run the 60-yard dash in 6.33 seconds. The Texas native had previously been a switch-hitter, but now bats from the right side only.
Edwards hit .453 with 11 doubles, five triples, four home runs and 17 stolen bases in his senior season at Rockwall. He was presumed to have a strong commitment to the University of Texas, but told Rays Digest's Chris Girandola, "I'm ready to play professional baseball and I am going to sign with the Rays." Edwards is a classic Rays draft pick - an athletic, fast and "toolsy" player that gives the organization options in terms of a development path.
• Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 102 overall prospect in the draft and the No. 16 prospect out of the state of Florida.
• Hit .387 (72-for-186) with 5 home runs, 38 RBI and 32 stolen bases with Chipola College in 2012.
• Was previously drafted by the Florida Marlins in the fourth round (137th overall) of the 2010 June Draft, becoming just one of
five NCAA Div. I freshman to be drafted in the first four rounds, but chose to attend the University of Tennessee.
• Played 51 games for the Volunteers in 2011, batting .270 (55-for-204) with 25 RBI, 30 runs and 11 doubles, and then
transferred to Chipola after the season.
• His father, Alvin, played linebacker at the University of Tennessee (1981-84) and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the
first round of the 1985 NFL Draft.
• His mother, Vicky, played basketball at the University of New Orleans.• His uncle, Johnnie Jones, is the fourth-leading rusher in University of Tennessee history and spent time in the NFL with the
• Was the recipient of the Ed & Marsha Hooper Athletic Scholarship at the University of Tennessee.
• Other notable players drafted out of Chipola College include: Jose Bautista (Pirates, 20th round in 2000), Russell Martin
(Dodgers, 17th round in 2002) and Mat Gamel (Brewers, fourth round in 2005).
ANALYSIS: You can always count on the Rays to stockpile speedy athletes for their system in the draft and like Edwards the round before him, Toles has a classic Rays draft profile. The outfielder's game centers around his incredible speed and his wheels make him a plus defender in center and a pest on the basepaths. Comparisons to players like Micheal Bourn and Nyjer Morgan have been made when discussing Toles and he has been working on hitting more ground balls to utilize his superior speed.
Toles was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft by the Florida Marlins after his freshman season at the University of Tennessee where he played 51 games for the Volunteers and hit .270 (55-for-204) with 25 RBI, 30 runs and 11 doubles and 21 stolen bases. He ran into trouble with the Vols' coaching staff for missing classes and team meetings however, and ended up transferring to Chipola for the 2012 season where he hit. 387 (72-for-186) with 5 home runs, 38 RBI and 32 stolen bases.
He played in the Cape Cod League last summer where he more than held his own by hitting .302. Scout.com's Frankie Piliere saw him extensively there and says, "I'm not sure I buy into him having much power, but his swing is pretty compact and the speed and the athleticism are excellent."
Hailing from a family of athletes (his father was a New Orleans Saints 1st round pick in 1985 as a linebacker and his uncle is the fourth-all-time leading rusher at Tennessee), the key to Toles success will be if he can translate his speed, athleticism and aggressive approach to the game into more bona-fide baseball skills. But the tools he does possess, which also include a strong, accurate arm, are just the kind that the Rays salivate over. The opportunity to get a plus defender in center who projects to be an impact base stealer is a nice high-risk/high-reward situation for the Rays, who have proven that they have no problem taking risks early in the draft.
• Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 57 prospect out of the state of California.
• Helped Santa Fe Christian (Calif.) HS to their second straight California Interscholastic Federation title, striking out 15 and
adding an RBI double in a 4-3 win in the championship game at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
• Went 9-2 as a senior for Santa Fe with a 1.05 ERA (77-IP, 9-ER) and 127 strikeouts.
• Tossed a no-hitter as a junior and finished that season 11-2 with a 1.58 ERA (79.2-IP, 14-ER) and 143 strikeouts.
• Missed his sophomore season with a separated right shoulder.
• Committed to San Diego State following his freshman season, when he went 7-1 with a 1.16 ERA (62.1-IP, 8-ER) and 83
• His favorite player growing up was Tony Gwynn, who is now the head coach at San Diego State University.
ANALYSIS: Just like the Rays like to draft athletic and toolsy position players, on the pitching side they are always looking for high-upside, projectable high school pitchers. They Rays got just that with Gannon. At 6'5" 195 pounds, Gannon is about as projectable as a pitcher can be. The right-hander features a 90-92 mph fastball with a good downward plane which helps him generate a lot of groundballs. He also has 12-6 curve that he needs work in commanding and could become an average pitch. A developing change-up is also part of his pitching arsenal.
Ranked as the number 57 prospect in California by Baseball America, Gannon went 9-2 with a 1.05 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 79.2 innings his senior year. He missed all of his sophomore year with a separated shoulder and there are some questions about his delivery, which is deceptive, but is also high-effort in order to add velocity. He also has a short stride to the plate given his height and not enough extension. His delivery, if cleaned up, could really help add something extra to his stuff.
Gannon has the makings of a plus fastball and the Rays will certainly help him develop his change up, a pitch that many a pitcher in the organization has had success with. He appears a lock to sign, telling local California newspaper, the North County Times, "I'm ecstatic. I definitely will sign with the Rays. They're my favorite team, and I want to begin my professional career." He does have a commitment to San Diego State where his favorite player, Tony Gwynn, is the head coach. But he also has strong ties to the Rays having played for their scout team and is tight with Rays scout Jake Wilson.
Nobody is better at developing high school arms than the Rays and with Gannon the Rays player development staff will have tons of projection and a fair amount of talent to work with. If everything were to fall into place, he has the upside of a number two or three starter, but there is a lot of work to be done with Gannon that appears will begin fairly quickly in Port Charlotte given his desire to sign.
• Ranked the No. 1 high school player in the state of Missouri by ESPN.com, and the No. 85 high school player nationally.
• Is an alumni of Major League Baseball's RBI program (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) and played for national RBI team at
the 2011 Team USA Tournament of Stars, which showcases the top 16- to 18-year-old players from across the country.
• Committed to play at the University of Missouri next season where he planned to study environmental design and architecture.
• Played with the Chicago White Sox at the 2011 Area Code Games, the same team B.J. Upton played for in 2001.
• His high school teammate, first baseman Justin Chigbogu, was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth round this
• Selected 212th overall by the Rays but was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 132 overall prospect in the draft.
• Ranked by BA as the No. 1 high school prospect out of the state of Virginia (No. 3 overall).
• Named the Battlefield District Player of the Year after going 6-0 with 96 strikeouts in 48 innings during the regular season,
guiding King George to the Group AA State Tournament and their first regional appearance since 1988.
• Committed to San Jacinto (Texas) Community College where Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte once pitched.
• Idolizes Satchel Paige.
• Is an avid outdoorsman…enjoys fishing and bird calls.
• As a senior at College of Charleston, was named a Louisville Slugger third-team All-American after batting .373 with 11
home runs, 46 RBI, 68 runs scored, 20 doubles, 29 stolen bases, 45 walks, a .483 on-base percentage and .614 slugging
• Selected as a semifinalist for the 2012 Dick Howser Award, given to the top amateur player in the country, and was named
Southern Conference Player of the Year.
• Helped lead the Cougars to the Southern Conference regular-season title and their second NCAA bid in three years before
losing to Georgia Tech in the regionals.
• Hit .329 with 7 home runs and 44 RBI in 61 games as a junior with the Cougars in 2011.
• Prior to his time at Charleston, went to Spartanburg Methodist College (JC) and was named All-Region both seasons he
• Played four seasons at North Augusta (S.C.) High School, earning All-Region honors all four years.
• Named Class AAAA Player of the Year as a junior at North Augusta after posting a 9-3 record with 161 strikeouts in 84 innings
as a pitcher and a .486 average with 16 doubles as an outfielder.
• Becomes the 2nd-highest drafted outfielder out of College of Charleston, behind only NYY Brett Gardner who was drafted by
the Yankees in the third round of the 2005 June Draft.
• As a junior at University of Kentucky, hit .313 (68-for-217) with 46 runs, 13 doubles, 12 home runs, 49 RBI, 34 walks, a .424
on-base percentage, .539 slugging percentage and 9 stolen bases.
• Ranked among SEC leaders in slugging (7th), runs (T-8th), RBI (6th), home runs (T-4th) and walks (11th).
• Named a semifinalist for the 2012 Dick Howser Trophy and USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, both given to the top player
in collegiate baseball, and Second Team All-SEC.
• Drafted in the 43rd round of the 2009 June Draft by the Boston Red Sox.• Played for both the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
• Named Kentucky's Mr. Baseball and First Team High School All-American by MaxPreps.com in 2009 while at Covington
Catholic (Ky.) High School…First Team All-State selection in 2008 and 2009 and was a three-time Northern Kentucky Player
of the Year.
• Off the field, was a member of the 2010 SEC All-Freshman Honor Roll and has earned the Mt. St. Joseph College writing
award and the Northern Kentucky University writing award.
• His father, Rich, played football at University of Kentucky and grandfather, Dick, was an All-American basketball player at LSU.
• During his junior year at University of Arizona, ranked among Pac-12 conference leaders in runs (T-4th with 54), hits (T-11th
with 75) and stolen bases (T-1st with 17)…was a 2012 All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, 2011 All-Pac-10 First Team selection
and a 2010 Pac-10 Honorable Mention.
• Ranked by college coaches as the Pac-12's most underrated hitter and best baserunner for College Baseball Insider prior to
the 2012 season.
• Played for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2011…named to the West Division Cape Cod All-
• Becomes the fifth Nevada-born player drafted by the Rays, joining Toby Hall (1997), Andrew Gans (2008), Jeff Malm (2009)
and Jake Hager (2011) and the second out of Bishop Gorman High School (also Malm).
• Is enrolled at University of Arizona in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences with a major in sociology.
• His brother, John, was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 38th round of the 2008 June Draft out of Bishop
Gorman (Nev.) HS.
• Ranked No. 316 in Baseball America's Top 500 overall, No. 36 overall left-handed pitcher and No. 3 prospect out of
• In 2012, went 10-1 with a 1.80 ERA in 70 innings pitched while tallying 101 strikeouts and 35 walks in his second season with
Lackawanna College, helping them set a school record for wins in a season with 47.
• In high school, was named All-Delco as a senior, going 5-1 with a 1.41 ERA (38.1-IP, 6-ER) and 58 SO in 8 apps for Central
League champion Marple Newtown (Penn.) HS.
• Previously drafted out of high school by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 13th round of the 2010 June Draft and again following his
first year at Lackawanna by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 21st round of the 2011 June Draft.
• In his second year at Herkimer County CC, went 6-1 with 91 strikeouts and a 2.62 ERA (58.1-IP, 17-ER) and was selected to
the 2012 All Mountain Valley Conference Baseball Team and named a First Team All-Division III performer.
• Went 5-2 with a 3.35 ERA while recording 50 strikeouts in 37 innings in 2010.
• Began his collegiate career at Austin Peay University in 2009 but transferred after redshirting his freshman year.
• Also competed in both indoor and outdoor track and field at Austin Peay, participating in hurdles and long jump events.
• Was a First-Team All-Northern County in 55-meter hurdles and posted nation's 17th best time of 2009 in 200-meter hurdles
(28.34) according to MileSplit US
• In 2012 hit .245 (54-for-220) with 4 home runs, 28 RBI and 12 stolen bases as a junior after hitting .299 (141-for-472) in his
first two seasons combined at North Carolina.
• Made the move to shortstop for the 2012 season after playing his freshman and sophomore seasons at second base.
• Named All-ACC Second Team as a sophomore and freshman.
• In 2011, appeared in 29 games with the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League and was named to the Cape Cod All-League
• Was a 2009 preseason Louisville All-American selection during his senior year at Germantown (Pa.) Academy and graduated
as the school's all-time hits leader.
• Has a younger brother, Sean, who was drafted in the third round of the 2010 June Draft by the Boston Red Sox and is
currently playing in their farm system.
• His father, Tom, played baseball at the University of Pennsylvania.
• Majored in exercise and sport science at North Carolina.
ANALYSIS: Draft Profile Coming
17. Ryan Dunn, SS, Oregon State University
18. Kevin Brandt, LHP, East Carolina University
19. Miguel Beltran, 1B, Oklahoma City University
20. Randy Davis, RHP, Cal State – Sacramento
21. Jonathan Weaver, RHP, Central Michigan University
22. William Argo, OF, University of Illinois
23. Reid Redman, 2B, Texas Tech University
24. Daniel Duran, 3B, Cal State – Los Angeles
25. Jordan Harrison, LHP, University of Louisiana – Lafayette
26. Jason Wilson, RHP, Western Oregon University
27. Alexander Keudell, RHP, University of Oregon
28. Michael Quist, LHP, University of California – Davis
29. Keaton Steele, RHP, Iowa Western Community College
30. Michael Williams, C, University of Kentucky
31. Joseph Ward, C, Shadow Hills (Calif.) HS
32. Benjamin Kline, SS, Embry-Riddle University
33. Luke Goodgion, LHP, Lewis & Clark College
34. Ryan Garton, RHP, Florida Atlantic University
35. Kris Carlson, RHP, Colorado Mesa University
36. Bret McAfee, SS, Panola College
37. Rob Finneran, RHP, Bentley University
38. Chad Nacapoy, C, Cal State – Los Angeles
39. Geoffrey Rowan, C, Northwestern University
40. Nicholas Sawyer, RHP, Howard College