Nick Ciuffo pictured with his signing scout Brian Hickman (Rays Amateur Scout). (Tampa Bay Rays/Erik Ruiz)
The Tampa Bay Rays officially signed a player that could be their catcher of the future.
First round selection Nick Ciuffo was taken 21st overall by the Rays in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He received a signing bonus of over $1.9 million.
Ciuffo is the first catcher ever taken by the Rays with their first overall pick. He will report to Port Charlotte Friday night for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast
Nick's first time at a major league baseball game was in 1999. He and his dad watched the then-Devil Rays while on a family vacation. Fourteen years later, he's now wearing a Rays jersey.