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Rays announce signings of 14 draftees

Rays announce signings of 14 draftees

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DENVER -- The Rays announced the signings of 14 selections from the 2009 First-Year Player Draft on Monday. Among the signings were center fielder Brett Nommensen from Eastern Illinois, drafted in the eighth round, and right-hander Andrew Bellatti from Steel Canyon High School in Calif., whom the team took in the 12th round.

General manager Andrew Friedman was happy the Rays were able to ink some of the team's future five days after the last selection was made on June 11.

"It's a testament to our scouts, who really took the time this spring to know the players and get a really good feel for what it's going to take to sign them," Friedman said. "So far, there's really no surprises, which is a good thing."

Friedman said the signed picks will be dispersed to the team's three short-season clubs. Those three teams are Port Charlotte in the Gulf Coast League, the Princeton Rays in the Appalachian League and the Hudson Valley Renegades in the New York-Penn League.

As for the unsigned players the Rays chose in the first seven rounds, Friedman said he expects sixth-rounder Devin Fuller out of Chandler Gilbert Community College to sign soon.

"The others -- it is just a process," Friedman said. "It's something for us that we remain confident that we'll get them signed, get them in and get them going. Sometimes, it takes a little longer than you will ideally like."

Cheng Sio is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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