The Rays went with a pair of high school infielders with their two selections on Night 1 of the 2021 MLB Draft, but just who are Carson Williams and Cooper Kinney?
Williams is a shortstop from San Diego, who played at Torrey Pines High School, the alma mater of Astros catcher Garrett Stubbs, who Williams told me is a long-time family friend. He is also the cousin of Marlins minor-league outfielder Zach Zehner, who is currently with their Triple-A affiliate in Jacksonville.
Check out his prospect video to see what he looks like at the plate and in the field.
Williams also participated in a wooden-bat championship tournament with his travel team in Fort Myers, where he was named most valuable player .
Check out the highlights!
Finally, Kinney was named the Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Baseball in Tennessee. Here’s a look at some of his highlights.