Rays Community Prospect #29 and Adding Robinson Chirinos

With 31% of the votes, Derek Dietrich was elected the 28th best prospect. Meanwhile, Hak-Ju Lee was elected the 7th best prospect.

We will now vote for the 29th best prospect and for where to place Robinson Chirinos.


1. Jeremy Hellickson (84%)

2. Desmond Jennings (50%)

3. Matt Moore (100%)

4. Jake McGee (74%)

5. Alex Torres (55%)

6. Alex Cobb (65%)

7. Tim Beckham (41%)

8. Alex Colome (57%)

9. Nick Barnese (50%)

10. Josh Sale (94%)

11. Jake Thompson (50%)

12. Enny Romero (53%)

13. Joseph Cruz (67%)

14. Wilking Rodriguez (50%)

15. Drew Vettleson (73%)

16. Luke Bailey (36%)

17. Justin O'Conner (47%)

18. Ty Morrison (71%)

19. Leslie Anderson (38%)

20. Ryan Brett (38%)

21. Scott Shuman (38%)

22. Jesse Hahn (33%)

23. Hector Guevara (50%)

24. Tyler Bortnick (55%)

25. Cody Rogers (29%)

26. Albert Suarez (30%)

27. Cole Figueroa (46%)

28. Derek Dietrich (31%)

4. Chirs Archer (50%)

7. Hak-Ju Lee (42%)

Candidate Pool: Matt Bush, Yoel Araujo, Todd Glaesmann, Kyle Lobstein, Robby Price, Ian Kendall, Jeff Malm, Braulio Lara, and Matt Sweeney

Tester Pool: Cesar Perez, Juniel Querecuto, Nevin Ashley, Kyeong Kang, Dane de la Rosa, David Newmann, Brandon Henderson, Kevin James, Jake DePew, Stepan Havlicek, and Cody Cipriano

Yoel Araujo: The Rasy signed the 16 year old CF out of the Dominican Republic. Araujo, who stands at 6'2" and weighs 180 pounds, demonstrated his raw power and plus speed this spring in the Dominican Prospect League. Frankie Piliere had this to say: "13. Joel Araujo, OF: Araujo has shown plus speed and good raw power in the Dominican Prospect League this spring. He may be more raw than the names above, but scouts like his upside."
“He has the potential to be an outstanding all-round player,” said Eddy Toledo, the Raysdirector of operations in the Dominican. “For a guy his size he has great speed to go along with home run power and a solid arm. We believe he can develop into a five-tool type player. He’s young, but not easily intimidated.” Singed for $800,000, this was the most the Rays have ever spent on a player out of the Dominican Republic. It is unsure whether he plays in the States this year, although he could get some time in the GCL.

Todd Glaesmann: Drafted in the 2009 draft, Glaesmann boasted 5 tool talent. However, he failed to live up to hype in 2010. BA recently said that in 2010, his arm was very good while he showed gap power. He is another high potential young player int eh lower minors that could break out in 2011.

Kyle Lobstein: After dominating in 2009, Lobstein had a rude awakening in 2010. While he didn't do horribly, there is not too much to like. Although he is a lefty, his fastball is below average to fringe average at the 88-91 range. I have heard some reports that in some starts, it is more 89-93, but I am not too sure. His offspped pitches all rate average, but they could improve with a better fastball. His fastball in HS was low 90's (actually 93-97 as a junior) and he is athletic, so there is some potential. If he can get his fastball into the 91-94 range, he has a lot of potential. We just have to wait and see. He should pitch in Charlotte in 2011.

Robby Price: Selected in the 13th round by the Rays in the 2010 draft, Price quickly signed and played for 57 games (250 PA). In that time, he put up the very impressive line of .294/.437/.423. BA had this to say about him: Price, whose father Ritch coachs the Jayhawks, has similar tools to Heere except for his speed. "He has outstanding plate discipline and a line-drive approach with a little pop. He has soft hands and turns the double play well at second base." Andy Seiler went on to remark how he could be a utility player in the majors who won't hit for much power or average, but could get on base and play a plus 2b.

Ian Kendall: A popular pick among fans, Kendall was a HS pitcher from Oregon. Perfect Game had this to say about him: "Oregon’s high-school crop was not expected to have much of an impact on the draft, but Ashland High righthander Ian Kendall suddenly emerged from the pack at mid-season with a fastball that spiked to 95 mph, causing a late flurry by scouts, and only adding to an already impressive Oregon draft crop." He only pitched for an unipressive 4.1 innings, so we have yet to get much pro-data. I have asked Seiler about him, and Seiler doesn't beleive he has too much more projectability.

Jeff Malm: Drafted by the Rays in the 5th round of the 2009 draft, Mlam had great scouting reports from the draft. BA said this, "The first thing out of everyone's mouth when talking about Malm is some variation of: "That guy can hit." Few high school players in the draft have a better track record of performance than Malm, who does it from the left side. Everywhere he goes, he hits, whether it's as the youngest player on the USA Baseball junior national team—where he saw more time at first base than Eric Hosmer—or as the only underclassman at the 2007 Cape Cod High School Classic." However, before you get excited, he hit .210 with a .310 Slugging. He did learn to take the walk, but his BABIP was horrible, maybe due to the fact that he only hit 5% line drives. There were concerns that he could hit with a wood bat, and we could be seeing these.

Braulio Lara: Lara recieved very little talk until BA said this about him after the year, "

Batters seemed unprepared for Lara's 92-96 mph fastball, which comes from an easy pitching motion. While he relied on his two- and four-seam fastballs to retire batters, he also improved the consistency of his curveball and changeup. Both of his secondary pitches have the potential to become average or better.

He was 21 years old and only in Princeton though, so he needs to get moving. His good stats and reports often get overshadowed by Romero, but if he has another good year, he could get some attention quickly.

Matt Sweeney: A promising bat in the Scott Kazmir trade, Sweeney had always been a good hitter. He had a very strange year in 2010 though, where he got off to a good start, then started to slump, was promoted, and then failed to hit and became injured. I can't find out what the injury was, but it could have caused his poor stats. Sweeney offers power and a pretty good average with great scouting reports. He is a butcher at 3b and will have to move to 1b. 2011 should tell whether Sweeney can't hit or was injured during the year. He is a nice sleeper pick.

Matt Bush: Known as the bust #1 overall pick by the Padres, Bush has come a long way. Once a SS, he has converted to a pitcher. It was reported that Bush was throwing in the mid 90's in A+, but he did not pitch much during the year due to injuries and other problems. "On the mound, his arm is lightning," Johnson said. Rays pitcher Mike Ekstrom, who played with Bush in the Padres system, said he has yet to see a better arm. Obviously, Bush could be a back-end of the bullpen pitcher, but there are serious doubts about whether he can stay healthy. He is on the 40 man roster.

This post was written by a member of the DRaysBay community and does not necessarily express the views or opinions of DRaysBay staff.

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