Bishop Blanchet outfielder Josh Sale was selected with the 17th pick in the 2010 MLB first-year player draft by Tampa Bay.
St. Petersburg Times reporter Joe Smith was kind enough to send a long a few quotes from a Rays perspective and I wanted to share those here. Check for the full story online later and in Tuesday’s paper.
Rays scouting director R.J. Harrison:
“Sale is a corner outfielder with tremendous power. He’s a guy we think has the chance to be a middle of the lineup type bat.”
“The kid has a tremendous work ethic. We think he’s an advanced high school kid as far as maturity level and the ability to come into professional baseball and not be overwhelmed by the rigors of professional baseball.”
Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman:
“He’s got an uncanny feel for the mechanics of his swing, what goes into being a successful hitter. With most high school guys that we draft, it’s a process for us at the player development side to educate them on that and he’s coming in extremely advanced on that front …”
“We feel very good about the fact that he’ll be able to reach his max potential, because of who he is, the makeup the work ethic and are thrilled to get him where we did. ”
Central Kitsap’s ambidextrous outfielder Drew Vettleson was selected with the 42nd overall pick. Highline infielder Ryan Brett is the top Washington prospect still available.