2011 MLB Draft Tracker: Rays Begin Draft Bonanza with Taylor Guerrieri

24. Tampa Bay Rays: Taylor Guerrieri, RHP (Spring Valley HS, Columbia, South Carolina)

In some draft classes, Taylor Guerrieri would be a certain first-round pick due to his mid-to-upper-90s fastball and nasty power curve. He hasn't needed much of a changeup yet, being too good for high school competition as-is, but the Rays excel at helping young pitchers develop,and if anyonoe can help him develop a third pitch, it's the Rays.

A fine athlete at 6-3, 195, Guerrieri has consistent mechanics although is control will wander on occasion. Again, that is something that will improve in time. There have been concerns about his makeup and off-field behavior, enough to turn off some teams but not enough to think he can't grow out of it. He projects as a number two starter if the third pitch comes around.

The Rays have a huge number of early picks this year, and headlining it with Guerrieri is a great way to start.

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