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Left-hander chosen by Rays in 13th round

Left-hander chosen by Rays in 13th round

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Left-hander chosen by Rays in 13th round

ST. PETERSBURG -- After selecting five right-handed pitchers over the first two days of the First-Year Player Draft, the Rays reeled in a southpaw with their 13th-round selection Saturday, picking lefty starter Benjamin Griset out of St. Mary's College.

Griset, the Draft's 398th overall pick, was the Gaels' Friday night starter as a junior and finished the spring with a 4-4 record, a 3.62 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 82 innings.

He tossed three complete games and two shutouts in his 13 starts this spring and pitched at least six innings in seven of his outings. His three complete games came in a four-start stretch.

The 21-year-old California native was drafted out of Gustine High School by the White Sox in the 36th round of the 2010 Draft. He was recruited by California, Santa Clara, UCLA, Arizona, Long Beach State and Fresno State but ultimately wound up at St. Mary's.

He pitched mostly in relief as a freshman, making 14 appearances but only five starts, before starting 12 games in 2012. He went 2-8 with a 4.39 ERA in his sophomore campaign before improving his numbers across the board this spring.

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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