MLB commissioner Bud Selig speaks during the MLB First Year Player Draft held in Studio 42 at the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. The 2012 MLB Draft starts on June 4, 2012. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

MLB Draft 2012: Rays Select Richie Shaffer, Marlins Add Andrew Heaney

The Miami Marlins selected a left-handed pitcher out of Oklahoma State while the Rays added a power-hitting third baseman from Clemson.

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2012 MLB Draft Signings: Rays, Richie Shaffer Make Deal Official

Although it was reported earlier in the day, the Tampa Bay Rays and first-round selection Richie Shaffer made their deal official shortly after the 5 p.m. signing deadline.

Shaffer broke the news to fans with this tweet.

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Shaffer comes to the Rays after the team selected him with the 25th overall selection in the draft. He and the team agreed on a $1.71 million signing bonus which was just below the slot value.

In 2012 with Clemson, the 21-year-old third baseman hit .336 with 10 home runs and 46 RBIs while drawing 63 walks to finish with an impressive on-base percentage of .480. He posted a slugging percentage of .570.

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Rays, Richie Shaffer Reach Agreement On Contract, According To Report

The first round pick for the Tampa Bay Rays, Richie Shaffer, has reportedly come to an agreement with the team on his first contract.

Shaffer, selected with the No. 25 pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, was one of the top batters in college, averaging .336 during his final season at Clemson. He finished his three year career with 30 home runs and a .448 on base percentage.

While Evan Longoria has the third base position locked down for the foreseeable future in Tampa Bay, Shaffer is versatile enough to potentially contribute at first base or right field.

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2012 MLB Draft Results: Miami Marlins Pick Up Pitchers With Upside

The final day of the 2012 MLB Draft finished up on Wednesday afternoon. The Miami Marlins picked up left-handed pitcher Hayden Fox with the No. 647 out of Oakland University. The 6'4 200 pound redshirt sophomore picked up 94 strikeouts in 91.1 innings through his first three seasons in college.

The Marlins also picked up right-handed pitcher Steve Weber with the No. 1007 pick in the 33rd round of the draft out of Eastern Michigan. Weber has the prototypical size for the MLB power pitcher at 6'7 and 210 pounds. Weber started 15 games for EMU this past season and led the team in strikeouts, complete games, and shutouts.

You can view the full results of Miami's draft here on MLB.com.

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2012 MLB Draft Results: Tampa Bay Rays Load Up On College Seniors

The Tampa Bay Rays finished up the 2012 MLB Draft on day three with a slew of draft picks. The final day of the MLB Draft for the Rays was highlighted by second baseman Thomas Coyle from North Carolina. Coyle is a junior in college that bats left and throws right playing in the middle in field for the Tar Heels. Coyle started 67 games for UNC with 62 of those at second base and finished up his junior season with a .311 batting average.

The Rays also picked up catcher Joseph Ward out of Shadow Hills high school in California. Ward is seen as a nice upside catcher because of his strong arm behind the plate, but is said to need to work on his release to quicken it up.

You can view the full results of Tampa Bay's draft here on MLB.com.

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MLB Draft 2012: Rays Pick Up Nolan Gannon In Fourth Round

The Tampa Bay Rays selected Nolan Gannon, a 6-foot-5 right-handed pitcher from Santa Fe Christian School in California, with their fourth-round pick (No. 152 overall) during the MLB Draft on Tuesday. Hailing from San Diego, Gannon, who throws as hard as 92 MPH, was named to the 2012 Rawlings 2nd Team All-American California team. He is currently committed to San Diego State.

In the following rounds, Tampa Bay selected a variety of players, including another pitcher in Damion Carroll, who throws in the low 90s, with the No. 212 pick. Here's a brief scouting report:

Coming from a small school in Virginia, Carroll doesn't have a Division I commitment. This, however, only makes teams more interested because of signability. The big righty throws his fastball from 91-94 mph and has touched 95. Carroll is considerably raw and has below-average secondary pitches that include a power curve and a changeup.

Other picks include: Raytown South High center fielder Bralin Jackson (No. 187), College of Charleston outfielder Marty Gantt (No. 242), Kentucky catcher Luke Maile (No. 272) and Arizona center fielder Joey Rickard (No. 302).

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MLB Draft 2012: Marlins Select Outfielder Austin Dean With Fourth-Round Pick

With the No. 137 overall pick, the Miami Marlins picked up a high school outfielder in Austin Dean from Klein Collins, Texas during the fourth round of Tuesday's MLB Draft. And Dean has some pretty good power. Here's the scouting report:

He may not be Exhibit A in a how-to video on batting stances and approaches, but Dean's ability to punish a baseball is the main reason he's in the Top 100. Dean has quick hands and strength, which leads to above-average raw power. He does it with an unorthodox swing and there are, as a result, some holes, but when he makes contact, it's hard. He goes all-out at all times, which allows him to use his solid average speed well.

In the five picks, since Miami has taken exclusively shortstops (two) and pitchers (three). With its No. 167 and No. 197 overall picks, it picked up senior Austin Nola from LSU and junior Anthony Gomez from Vanderbilt. Both play shortstop.

In the three picks to follow -- No. 227, No. 257 and No. 287 -- they grabbed a trio of pitchers in Shorter University's Ryan Newell, Tennessee's Drew Steckenrider and Purdue's Nicholas Wittgren.

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MLB Draft 2012: Marlins Select Avery Romero And Kolby Copeland

The Miami Marlins have selected a shortstop and an outfielder in both the third round and the second supplemental round of the Major League baseball draft. In the third round, with pick No. 104, the Marlins selected Avery Romero out of Pedro Menendez High School in St. Augustine, Fla.

Though he is listed as a shortstop, there is the possibility that they could move him to other positions as the scouting report talks about his lack of speed. He measures in at 5'11" and 195 pounds and has some decent hitting ability, so that could determine where he winds up defensively.

Here is a brief scouting report on Romero.

A shortstop in high school, most believe Romero will have to move to another position at the next level because he lacks the quickness to stay at short. He is not without defensive skills, though, with an outstanding arm and decent hands. How a team projects his bat might determine his defensive home as well as where he goes in the Draft. Those who see above-average power might put him at third and take him early. Or he could be more of an offensive-minded second baseman who hits for average and a little pop.

In the supplemental round, the Marlins selected Kolby Copeland from Parkway High School in Bossier City, Louisiana. The six foot, 190 pound Copeland does have a strong arm with him, having been an All-State honorable mention quarterback. Whether or not he decides to pursue playing football in college could be a factor in his signability.

Here is more information on Copeland.

One of the areas of depth in this Draft class appears to be in high school position players. Case in point is Copeland, a Louisiana prepster who was getting more buzz as the Draft approached The outfielder has tools that are somewhat comparable to first-round candidate Courtney Hawkins. Hawkins has more raw power, but some think Copeland is a better pure hitter. He runs well and has solid arm and fielding tools to with his considerable offensive potential. A quarterback who earned honorable mention all-state, Copeland was drawing some decision-makers to see him play as the spring wore on.

Both players hope to be major parts of the Marlins franchise going forward.

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MLB Draft 2012: Rays Select Andrew Toles In Third Round

The Tampa Bay Rays selected outfielder Andrew Toles in the third round of the Major League Baseball Draft. The outfielder did at one time play for the Tennessee Volunteers, but was dismissed from the team. After the dismissal, he wound up at Chipola College in Florida.

Toles was actually drafted by the Miami Marlins in the fourth round in 2010 before he enrolled at Tennessee. In the past year at Chipola, he hit .367 with 33 RBIs. He also stole 29 bases in 36 attempts so there is some speed there.

The Rays hope that his abilities can provide the Rays with a top of the order type player that can get on base with some speed and be a great player in the outfield.

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MLB Draft 2012: Tampa Bay Rays Select Spencer Edwards In Second Round

The Tampa Bay Rays selected a shortstop in the second round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday with Texas high schooler Spencer Edwards, out of Rockwall High School in Texas. Edwards weighs in at 170 pounds at six feet even. Though he played shortstop in high school, there is speculation that he could be switched to the outfield, as he has a very strong arm according to scouts.

Here is a bit more of a scouting report.

Edwards has incredible speed and great range at shortstop but might be better suited in center field. He has great arm strength and more than enough speed to play there. At the plate, he is still a bit raw but possesses great bat speed that could mean more power in the future. Just about every team in baseball would love to have a switch-hitting center fielder with game-changing speed and the ability to add more power.

The Rays hope that he can develop his offensive play to become a power-hitting outfielder that could be a potential anchor of the lineup.

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MLB Draft 2012: Rays Go For Offense, Power With Shaffer

With their lone first-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft (No. 25), the Tampa Bay Rays selected Richie Shaffer, a third baseman from Clemson. Shaffer is a 6'3", 205-pound junior. In 63 games for Clemson in 2012, he hit .336 with 10 home runs and 49 RBIs. While his ability to hit for power is a big reason why Shaffer was a first-round pick, there are concerns about where he fits in defensively.

Over at DRaysBay, Steve Slowinski notes that Shaffer could end up at third base, first base or even right field -- although he thinks the Clemson man has the requisite power for any of those spots. Slowinski writes:

Considering how difficult and expensive it can be to acquire power hitters, I'm excited that the Rays have another potential impact bat in the organization. With Josh Sale looking like he might not be dead yet, the Rays could have a handful of mashers in the low minors going forward. With enough luck, maybe one of them will reach the majors.

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MLB Draft 2012: Heaney Is A Safe, Different Pick For Marlins

Yesterday, with the No. 9 pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, the Miami Marlins selected left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney out of Oklahoma State. Heaney is a junior, and he's expected to fall somewhere between No. 2 and No. 3 starter as he grows into his pro self. Based on recent history, that is a change of direction for Miami's front office.

As Michael Jong of Fish Stripes writes:

The Fish have leaned primarily towards prep pitchers in the first round of the draft, opting for college starters in the second round and beyond. This is evidenced by picks such as the Adam Conley selection in 2011 and the Rob Rasmussen pick in 2010. Neither of these players were highly considered and both were thought of as easy signs for the Fish. In a similar vein, Heaney was looked at as a bit of a reach by both Fish Stripes prospect experts Evans and Eric Weston, but the Marlins ideally will have the ability to sign him easily and get him into their minor league system soon. Overall, it has been six seasons since the Marlins selected a first-round college pitcher, and since 2002, the Fish have only done this twice (Brett Sinkbeil in 2006 and Taylor Tankersley in 2003), both instances to little or no avail.

Jong also notes that the Heaney selection might be a signal of Miami's desire to win now, as they took someone who could be major-league ready soon, rather than a high-ceiling, multi-year project.

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2012 MLB Draft Results: Rays Select Richie Shaffer, Power-Hitting Corner Infielder From Clemson

With the No. 25 pick of the 2012 MLB Draft, the Tampa Bay Rays selected third baseman Richie Shaffer out of Clemson. Shaffer is a power-hitting corner infielder who can also play right field. The most alluring attribute is his power, but there were concerns about his ability to hit for contact when facing major league pitching.

MLB.com scout and Draft expert Jonathan Mayo thinks Shaffer is one of the more intriguing prospects this year, with clear pros and cons. More from Mayo's scouting report on Shaffer:

While there are holes to his swing, his bat is his best tool. He has plus power and can hit the ball out to all fields. He's played both infield corners, showing off a plus arm from third, but his range might be better suited for first. He's not a bad athlete and his power bat and arm might profile well for right field.

The deadline for MLB clubs to sign their first round selections is 5 p.m. ET on July 13. The Rays do not have another selection on the first night, with their next pick coming in Round 2 at No. 88 overall.

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2012 MLB Draft Results: Miami Marlins Select LHP Andrew Heaney, Oklahoma State

The Miami Marlins drafted Andrew Heaney, a left-handed pitcher out of Oklahoma State, with the ninth pick in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft.

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MLB Draft 2012 Order: Marlins Have No. 9 Pick, Rays Have No. 25 Pick

The Major League Baseball Draft begins on Monday night at 7 p.m. Both the Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays are looking forward to selecting the player that they hope will be the future of their respective franchises. The Marlins have the No. 9 overall pick in the first round while the Rays have the No. 25 overall pick in the draft.

The rest of the order for the first round is as follows.

1 Houston Astros
2 Minnesota Twins
3 Seattle Mariners
4 Baltimore Orioles
5 Kansas City Royals
6 Chicago Cubs
7 San Diego Padres
8 Pittsburgh Pirates
9 Miami Marlins
10 Colorado Rockies
11 Oakland Athletics
12 New York Mets
13 Chicago White Sox
14 Cincinnati Reds
15 Cleveland Indians
16 Washington Nationals
17 Toronto Blue Jays
18 Los Angeles Dodgers
19 St. Louis Cardinals
20 San Francisco Giants
21 Atlanta Braves
22 Toronto Blue Jays
23 St. Louis Cardinals
24 Boston Red Sox
25 Tampa Bay Rays
26 Arizona Diamondbacks
27 Milwaukee Brewers
28 Milwaukee Brewers
29 Texas Rangers
30 New York Yankees
31 Boston Red Sox

The Marlins will have $4.9 million to spend on their first 10 draft picks while the Rays have $3.9 million. The draft will be televised on MLB Network starting at 7 p.m.

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2012 MLB Mock Draft: Marlins And Rays Pick A Pair Of High School Outfielders

The 2012 MLB Draft starts on Monday night. Both the Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays are picking the first round of the draft, albeit with a considerable distance between the two teams. The Marlins have the ninth pick, and the Rays pick in the 25th spot. A Monday mock draft from Baseball Prospectus has both teams selecting a high school outfielder.

The Marlins go with a product out of Texas.

9. Miami Marlins ($2.8M): Courtney Hawkins, OF, Carroll HS (TX)
The Marlins are looking at high school bats, and have a preference for Hawkins due to his power. Dahl could be in play here, and there's some thought they could go the safe route with a college arm, specifically Andrew Heaney.

The Rays find help in Mississippi in this mock draft.

25. Tampa Bay Rays ($1.725M): D.J. Davis, Stone HS (MS)
Since the Rays started drafting towards the end of the first round as opposed to the beginning, they've focused on tools, and Davis is the fastest player in the draft. Brinson could also be in play here, as well as some high school arms.

The dollar amounts in parentheses indicate the slot budget for that pick.

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MLB Draft 2012: Rays Have Just $3.9 Million To Spend; Marlins Have Slightly Fewer Financial Restrictions

The Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays are limited in what they're allowed to spend on their early draft picks, but both teams only pick once in the first 60 picks of the draft.

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