Rays Draft A Shocker, First Basemen Casey Gillaspie
Rays Draft Wichita State Shocker Casey Gillaspie
The Tampa Bay Rays used their first pick in the 2014 draft (#20 overall) to select switch hitting first baseman Casey Gillaspie from Wichita State University.
From MLB.com:Entering the NCAA Division I playoffs -- which Wichita State didn't make -- Gillaspie led the nation in walks (58 in 59 games), ranked second in on-base percentage (.520) and stood fifth in home runs (15) and slugging (.682). He batted .389 -- 102 points higher than his combined average in his first two college seasons, and he had more extra-base hits (31) than strikeouts (28).
From Wichita Eagle: The Missouri Valley Conferences Player of the Year, hit .389 with 15 home runs, 15 doubles, 58 walks and 50 RBI. He led the MVC with a .682 slugging percentage, a .520 on-base percentage and 58 walks.
Christopher Crawford Draft Book: ($ required/highly recommended)
Gillaspie has outstanding patience at the plate, finishing third in all of college baseball behind2013 top-ten picks Kris Bryant and Colin Moran in walks with 63. He has a fluid swing from boththe left and right side with strong hands, and has shown above-average power potential fromboth sides of the plate, though hes more of a 18-20 homer guy than a 25-35 guy, whichsomewhat limits his offensive upside.
Scouting Grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 60 | Run: 20 | Arm: 40 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55
More From Sportstalkflorida.com: Matt Stein Profile On Casey Gillaspie (HERE)
His older brother Conorwas drafted #37 overall by the San Francisco Giants in 2008. He was dealt to the Chicago White Sox in 2013 and has been their starting third baseman ever since. Currently, he is posting a triple slash line of .336/.389/.443.
Beyond blessed to have been picked by the @RaysBaseball Excited to start the new chapter in my life! #GoRays
Casey Gillaspie (@BigCaseDawg16) June 6, 2014
Casey Gillaspie the most under-rated power bat in the draft #Rays legit light tower power from both sides of plate
JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) June 6, 2014