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Tampa Bay Rays draft shortstop Greg Jones

The University of North Carolina Wilmington shortstop was the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year.
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North Carolina Wilmington's Greg Jones awaits a pitch during an NCAA college baseball game, Friday, April 26, 2019, in Durham, N.C.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — With the Tampa Bay Rays off for the day, Tropicana Field became a war room of sorts.

The first round of the 2019 MLB Draft started Monday night and with it, the Rays' pick of North Carolina Wilmington's Greg Jones. The team selected Jones 22nd overall.

Jones, named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, is known for his all-around talent but his specialty is speed. 10Sports' Justin Granit said Jones arguably is the fastest player in the draft.

Baseball America gave Jones an 80 speed grade, which is the highest a player can receive.

The Rays selected Cypress Ranch High School pitcher J.J. Gross with the 36th overall pick and Campbell University pitcher Seth Johnson with the 40th pick.

With the 61st overall pick in the second round, the Rays drafted Texas A&M left-handed pitcher John Doxakis.

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