ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (620 WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay Rays announced Tuesday that they have signed their first-round pick in the 2014 first-year player draft, Wichita State first baseman Casey Gillaspie.
"I'm excited about it and I'm able to relax a little bit," Gillaspie said. "I wanted to come here and sign early so I could get going and start my career as a professional baseball player."
The switch-hitter batted .389 / .520 / .689 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI in his junior year with the Shockers, and was the top-rated first baseman by Baseball America.
"This is not the endgame for him, being a first-round pick and what comes with being a first-round pick," scouting director R.J. Harrison said. "He wants to be a big-leaguer."
Gillaspie will begin his professional career with the Tampa Bay's short-season single-A affiliate, the Hudson Valley Renegades. He is scheduled to arrive in New York Wednesday.
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