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Rays find young righty Ramirez in eighth round

Rays find young righty Ramirez in eighth round

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Rays find young righty Ramirez in eighth round

With their eighth-round pick (No. 248 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Rays selected high school right-hander Roel Ramirez, who is another in a long line of Texas high school pitchers to be drafted early.

"We like him," Rays scouting director R.J. Harrison said. "He's a sinker-slider-type starting pitching prospect."

The right-hander from United South High School has a whip-like arm that produces a fastball in the low 90s with good movement, but his best pitch might be his changeup, which is very deceptive thanks to great arm speed.

The 6-foot-1, 198-pounder's curveball isn't quite as advanced as his other two pitches, but can still be above-average at times.

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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