The Tampa Bay Rays made a nice addition to their already rich organization with the 21st overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. They chose high school catching prospect out of South Carolina Nick Ciuffo. That is pronounced with an “Sh” at the first of it but how you say his name isn’t really important. What matters is that he is most certainly a big time catching prospect already. He also has a great role model as catcher.
If choosing to be a catcher is one of the fastest ways to get to the major leagues, picking Brian McCann as your role model for the position is most certainly going to speed it up as well. Ciuffo prides himself on being a good defensive catcher and he is exactly that. The Rays get a guy in Ciuffo that has plenty of potential as well as room for molding into a big time catcher of the future.
It isn’t rare for the Rays to produce great MLB players out of their organization and in a few years Ciuffo is certainly someone that has the potential to be the next big name catcher. With proper development Ciuffo could develop into an Evan Longoria type player behind the plate for the Rays as he will grow into more power as he gets older. This is the type of guy that the sooner the Rays can get him signed and into the system, the better.