Tampa Bay Rays Select Cooper Kinney '21 in MLB Draft

The Tampa Bay Rays have selected Baylor School infielder Cooper Kinney '21 with the No. 34 overall selection in the MLB draft on Sunday, July 11..

Read more about the draft here , and what some folks said about Kinney heading into the draft.

A smooth left-handed hitter, who has played second base, third base, and catcher for the Raiders, Kinney batted .480 this season with 10 home runs, 19 doubles, 50 RBI, and a .967 slugging percentage. He had two doubles, a homer, and six RBI in the state tournament, and has signed with the University of South Carolina.

Kinney received the Mr. Baseball Award, presented by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association, at the organization’s banquet on May 25. The award honors the top high school player in each division of the TSSAA.  Kinney was also named Gatorade's Player of the Year in Tennessee and was picked as a pre-season All-American by both Baseball America and Perfect Game USA.

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