Rays sign second-round pick Goetzman

Rays sign second-round pick Goetzman

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced the signing of second-round pick Granden Goetzman before Tuesday's game against the Red Sox.

The 75th overall pick will now be traveling down to Port Charlotte to play in the Gulf Coast League. But like all Rays draft picks, he has his sights set on the Major Leagues.

"This is the start of my dream," Goetzman said. "Tropicana Field is the goal."

The outfielder out of Palmetto High School, which is located about 22 miles away from where the Rays play their home games, is already familiar with Tropicana Field, attending multiple Tampa Bay games as a fan. Goetzman also participated in a pre-Draft workout there less than a week before the 2011 First-Year Player Draft on June 6.

"I felt [Tampa Bay] had interest, like other clubs did also," he said. "On Draft day, I got calls from the Rays, so I felt like I was going to end up here."

Over the weekend, the Rays also announced the signings of outfielder James Rice, first baseman Cameron Seitzer, shortstop Taylor Motter, right-handed pitchers Andy Bass, Charles Cononie, Zachary Butler, Dave Kubiak, Lucas Irvine, Brooks Belter, Stayton Thomas and Garret Smith, third baseman Ryan Terry, outfielder Matthew Johnson, second baseman Raymond Church, second baseman Jonathan Koscso, left-hander Theron Geith, and catchers Brandon Choate, Michael Bourdon and Ian Tomkins.