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2018 Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 Prospects

Rays Top 10 Prospects
1. Brent Honeywell, RHP
2. Willy Adames, SS
3. Brendan McKay, LHP/1B
4. Jake Bauers, 1B/OF
5. Jesus Sanchez, OF
6. Wander Franco, SS
7. Lucius Fox, SS
8. Justin Williams, OF
9. Garrett Whitley, OF
10. Austin Franklin, RHP

GOT QUESTIONS? Rays Top 10 Chat


For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: Jacob Faria (8) made 14 starts, while SS Daniel Robertson (15) started games at three infield positions.

Trending: ⬅️➡️ Top talent takes a step closer to Tampa.

 

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: The Rays rode a talented, young Durham team to the Triple-A national championship. Led by righthander Brent Honeywell, shortstop Willy Adames, first baseman Jake Bauers and--in the playoffs--outfielder Justin Williams, Tampa Bay is swimming in near big league-ready talent.

Weaknesses: The Rays' pitching pipeline has delivered an entire rotation to the big leagues--including Blake Snell, Jacob Faria and German Marquez (albeit to the Rockies) in the past two seasons--but outside of Honeywell, the organization lacks rotation arms on the immediate horizon. Catching also remains a weak link in the organization after 2013 first-rounder Nick Ciuffo failed to make the 40-man roster (and is thus Rule 5 draft eligible) and 2010 first-rounder Justin O'Conner qualified as a minor league free agent.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for Average: Jesus Sanchez.
🔸Best Power Hitter: Brendan McKay.
🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Joe McCarthy.
🔸Fastest Baserunner: Lucius Fox.
🔸Best Athlete: Josh Lowe.
🔸Best Fastball: Ryne Stanek.
🔸Best Curveball: Austin Franklin.
🔸Best Slider: Jaime Schultz.
🔸Best Changeup: Chih-Wei Hu.
🔸Best Control: Drew Strotman.
🔸Best Defensive Catcher: Nick Ciuffo.
🔸Best Defensive INF: Willy Adames.
🔸Best INF Arm: Willy Adames.
🔸Best Defensive OF: Jake Fraley.
🔸Best OF Arm: Josh Lowe.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Nick Ciuffo (26)
🔸1B Jake Bauers (25)
🔸2B Lucius Fox (23)
🔸3B Evan Longoria (35)
🔸SS Willy Adames (25)
🔸LF Jesus Sanchez (23)
🔸CF Kevin Kiermaier (31)
🔸RF Justin Williams (25)
🔸DH Corey Dickerson (32)
🔸SP Chris Archer (32)
🔸SP Brent Honeywell (26)
🔸SP Blake Snell (28)
🔸SP Brendan McKay (25)
🔸SP Jake Odorizzi (31)
🔸CL Alex Colome (32)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: 3B Evan Longoria (Rays) | WAR: 50.0
🔸2009: LHP David Price (Red Sox) | WAR: 33.7
🔸2010: OF Desmond Jennings (Mets) | WAR: 13.2
🔸2011: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (Orioles) | WAR: 10.6
🔸2012: LHP Matt Moore (Giants) | WAR: 5.7
🔸2013: OF Wil Myers (Padres) | WAR: 7.4
🔸2014: RHP Jake Odorizzi (Rays) | WAR: 8.1
🔸2015: SS Willy Adames (Rays) | Top 10
🔸2016: LHP Blake Snell (Rays) | WAR: 1.9
🔸2017: SS Willy Adames (Rays) | Top 10

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: SS Tim Beckham (Orioles) | WAR: 4.5
🔸2009: 2B LeVon Washington (Did not sign)
🔸2010: C Justin O’Conner (Rays) | WAR: N/A
🔸2011: RHP Taylor Guerrieri (Rays) | WAR: N/A
🔸2012: 3B Richie Shaffer (Indians) | WAR: N/A
🔸2013: C Nick Ciuffo (Rays) | WAR: N/A
🔸2014: 1B Casey Gillaspie (White Sox) | WAR: N/A
🔸2015: OF Garrett Whitley (Rays) | Top 10
🔸2016: 3B Josh Lowe (Rays) | WAR: N/A
🔸2017: 1B Brendan McKay (Rays) | Top 10


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