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Rays see pure hitter in seventh-round pick Young

Rays see pure hitter in seventh-round pick Young

Rays see pure hitter in seventh-round pick Young

With their seventh-round pick (No. 218 overall), in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Rays selected college third baseman Ty Young.

Young was considered by some to be one of the best pure hitters in this year's Draft class.

"We like his bat. We like his legs. He'll play third base," Rays scouting director R.J. Harrison said. "We'll probably move him around and get him some work at second base. But he's a good athlete and a good college bat."

He has a smooth left-handed swing and has great plate discipline to go along with a good feel for hitting. Out of Louisville, Young, a third baseman, also has above-average speed along with great instincts on the basepaths.

Young's only major weakness is his lack of power as he has very little projection left. The 5-foot-10, 178-pound infielder is athletic enough for second, however, and could move there in pro ball, a place where his bat will profile well.

Young batted a team-high .349 for the Cardinals, scoring 54 runs and driving in 57 more. He stole 26 bases in 31 tries as well.

He finished 2013 second in the Big East in RBIs, fourth in runs scored, fifth in stolen bases and sixth in batting average.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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