Day Two of the Major League Baseball Entry Draft took teams through the first 10 rounds, and after starting off with a couple of high schoolers the Rays concentrated more on established college performers.
Five of the eight players taken Friday are pitchers while two of the hitters led their college teams in batting average.
Pitchers Brock Burke (Colorado) and Blake Bivens (Virginia) were their third- and fourth-round picks, respectively. Burke is an Oregon signee who struck out 79 batters in 40 innings his senior season at Evergreen High. Bivens is committed to Liberty University in his home state.
In the fifth round the Rays went with UNC shortstop Michael Russell, who lead the ACC in hits during conference games and batted a team-best .339. Next came catcher Mac James, the top Oklahoma Sooner hitter with a .330 average, and a 55 per cent rate of throwing out runners.
FIU's Mike Franco, a right-hander ranked second in the country in ERA (1.09), was the seventh rounder followed by Tennessee Tech third baseman Daniel Miles (.380, 11 HR, 54 RBI).
Tampa Bay finished Friday by taking Oklahoma City University's Chris Pike (10-3, 1.89 ERA) and Arkansas State's Bradley Wallace, another pitcher.
The Draft concludes Saturday.