ST. PETERSBURG -- Taylor Guerrieri, Tampa Bay's first-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, will make his professional debut this year with Class-A Hudson Valley.
The Rays released the roster for the Hudson Valley Renegades on Thursday, and Guerrieri headlines the group of recent Draft picks. Catcher Justin O'Conner, a first-round pick in the 2010 Draft, will join Guerrieri after spending 2010 in the Gulf Coast League and 2011 with the rookie-level Princeton Rays. Right-hander Jeff Ames, one of the Rays' seven compensation-round picks in 2011, is also slated to start the season with Hudson Valley on June 18.
The following signees from this year's Draft class will also be on manager Jared Sandberg's club: outfielder Marty Gantt, catcher Luke Maile, left-hander and Tampa native Sean Bierman, right-hander Dylan Floro, infielder Thomas Coyle, infielder Ryan Dunn, catcher Michael Williams (now listed as an infielder), right-hander Ryan Garton and right-hander Rob Finneran.
Ames and Shay Crawford, a 24-year-old left-hander taken in the 24th round, will represent the 2011 Draft class in Hudson Valley. Joining O'Conner from the 2010 Draft class will be right-handers Ian Kendall and Jesse Hahn, lefties Brandon Henderson and Matthew Spann, catcher Jake DePew and outfielder Deshun Dixon.