The Diamondbacks selected their third straight position player in the third round, selecting CF Matt Railey out of North Florida Christian HS in Florida. This was the fifth pick for the Dbacks up to this point because of the two comp round picks. Dbacks scouting director Ray Montgomery, G.M Kevin Towers, and Tony La Russa have been busy for sure.
Here is what MLB.com had to say about Railey:
“Railey’s stock has risen all spring as scouts have been impressed with his natural hitting ability. He has an easy, loose swing and uses his quick hands and natural strength to drive the ball. He squares the ball up well and hits plenty of line drives. Railey is an average runner, which may eventually force him to move off of center field, but his athleticism and improving feel for the game help make him a solid defender. Railey missed his sophomore year with a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, but the injury has not impacted him since. He turned 19 in March and will be a Draft-eligible sophomore if he upholds his commitment to Florida State.”
This is an interesting pick. He may have to move to a corner outfield spot eventually because he is an average runner, but he defiantly has a nice bat. As a senior he hit .407 with 4 homers.