Life is good for the Tampa Bay Rays. They entered yesterday with the best record in the American League. They have a load of young talent in the majors and more in a well-stocked farm system.

This week, the Rays' system will get a little deeper when it becomes the first team ever to have back-to-back first overall picks in the draft. The Rays "earned" first pick by having the majors' worst record last season.

The Rays are considering several players, including Georgia high school shortstop Tim Beckham, Vanderbilt third baseman Pedro Alvarez, Florida State catcher Buster Posey, University of San Diego pitcher Brian Matusz, and California high school catcher Kyle Skipworth.

This will be the fourth time the Rays have picked first overall. They took Josh Hamilton in 1999, Delmon Young in 2003 and David Price last year. Price, a polished, 6-foot-6 lefthander from Vanderbilt, made his pro debut in the Florida State League last month. He pitched 11 shutout innings with 13 strikeouts and a walk in his first two starts.