June 7, 2011
Tampa Bay Rays select Elk Grove's J.D. Davis in fifth round

The Tampa Bay Rays selected Elk Grove High School's J.D. Davis in the fifth round of today's Major League Baseball draft.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Davis, who swings and throws right handed, was the 180th player taken by the Rays. He was selected as a third baseman.

Davis, who already has signed a letter of intent with Cal State Fullerton, batted .484 with 45 RBI and nine home runs this seasonn for the Thundering Herd.

He is the second area high school player to be selected in today's second day of the draft.

Pleasant Grove's Kyle Castro was taken in the third round (113th pick) by the Texas Rangers.

Area college players Andrew Susac of Oregon State and Bryce Bandilla of Arizona also were selected by the San Francisco Giants.

Susac, a catcher from Jesuit, was selected in the second round (86th overall) and Bandilla, a pitcher from Bella Vista, in the fourth round (147th overall).

- Bill Paterson

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