Penn State Infielder Jim Haley Picked By Tampa Bay In 19th Round Of MLB Draft
Penn State third baseman/infielder Jim Haley heard his name called by the Tampa Bay Rays late in the 2016 MLB Draft, becoming the first Nittany Lion since 2012 when three former Diamond Lions were picked.
Haley, if he opts to sign, would join a young, talented pool of infielders sprinkled throughout the Rays’ farm system, but has the opportunity to return to school with one year of eligibility remaining. Given how late Haley was picked, prospects in his situation typically opt to return in an effort to gain more experience and hone their craft at the collegiate level, but the allure of a signing bonus paired with the chance to train professionally is an enticing thought.
Haley’s been a versatile player throughout his career in Happy Valley, carving roles at shortstop and third base. Over the course of 55 games in 2015-16, Haley batted .315 while notching two home runs and 27 RBIs. Always looking for the extra base, Haley netted three triples, two doubles, and an extremely nice 69 hits.
The Rays will have until August 15 to sign Haley, who may reaffirm his commitment to the Lions at any point before that.