With their fifth-round pick (No. 158 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Rays selected college second baseman Johnny Field.
Field has always been a fan favorite at Arizona because of his great performance and all-out style of play. He has played in both the outfield and second base in college, with the latter being his most likely long-term position.
"He was one of the leaders of that team that won a national championship last year at U of A. Tough kid, good bat and a track record of hitting all the way through college," Rays scouting director R.J. Harrison said. "He's been an outfielder in college. He's played a little second base. We're going to do some work with him at second base this summer. I don't know if he'll play much second. That's going to be up to player development, but we're going to start that process and I fully expect that he'll be in instructional league going full-time at second base. But he brings versatility, brings a good bat and brings a special makeup."
Field has soft hands and good range at second and could be an above-average defender there. At the plate, he has a very good feel for hitting and uses the whole field well. He has also shown decent power at Arizona, and it could be average down the line.