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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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