Rays Sign Liberatore


The Tampa Bay Rays have officially inked their first round selection, Mathew Liberatore.

Liberatore was the 16th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. According to Jim Callis of MLB.com, the Lefty signed for $3.5million. He will join the Rookie–level Gulf Coast League Rays.

The 18 year-old went 8–1 with a 0.93 ERA and 104 strikeouts as a senior at Mountain Ridge High School and was Arizona’s Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year. He was named a first–team Rawlings/Perfect Game All–American for this past season, and helped lead Mountain Ridge to the Class 6A state championship game.

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Lynden Blake
Lynden Blake is an Auburn University graduate with a degree in journalism. As an aspiring sportscaster she has worked in many media outlets. She’s currently a news and sports reporter for Suncoast News Network in Sarasota, Florida. Previously she interned for Fox Sports Florida where she worked with the production team during Tampa Bay Rays games and freelanced for www.foxsports.com covering the Miami Heat during the 2015 NBA Summer League. She shadowed at WRBL News 3 in Columbus, Ga. her last semester in Auburn. Previously, she was a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. and did many television and radio gigs for Sportz Blitz and AHSAA Radio Network. As a Tigerette at Auburn she hosted the nation’s top football prospects on game-day visits and official visits during the off season. She has always had passion for sports as she was a three-sport athlete in high school playing softball and basketball and cheering for Benjamin Russell High School.