Rays Community Prospect #25

With 55% of the vote, Tyler Bortnick was elected the 24th overall prospect.


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%)

Candidate Pool: Cody Rogers, Todd Glaesmann, Albert Saurez, Kyle Lobstein, Derek Dietrich, Robby Price, Ian Kendall, Jeff Malm, Braulio Lara, Cole Figueroa, and Matt Sweeney

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

Cody Rogers: Roger is a 22 year old outfielder who played fro Bowling Green. Since raysprospects has already made their reprot on him, I will copy part of it here: "His raw tools make him intriguing, but he has a lot of work to do, starting with getting a full season in. He has plus speed and above-average power, but a lot of swing-and-miss in him. His solid pitch recognition and patience helps to off-set that a little bit, but he doesn't project as a high-average hitter and as a result his OBP could suffer, as it did in 2010. He has star potential with his tools, but at age 22, he'll need to start putting them together. The Rays could send him back to Bowling Green, where he'd be the primary centerfielder. If they give him a promotion to Charlotte, he'll probably have to slide to a corner spot so Ty Morrison can man center. He has the range to play anywhere in the outfield, but his arm is fringe-average."

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.

Albert Suarez: After recovering from an injury in 2010, Saurez performed well in the limited time he played in 2010. Although he doesn't have the hype or upside of many of the other arms int he system, he has good potential with a low 90's sinker and a good curveball. Like fellow pitcher Wilking Rodriguez, he has polish and control usually rare to international pitchers at his age.

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.

Derek Dietrich: Drafted in the second round by the Rays in 2010, Ditrich was a college SS. He signed pretty quickly and his tools seemed solid in HV. Here is part of a report on him by BA: Currently a shortstop, most scouts predict that he’ll become a third baseman in short order due to limited range, and the worry then becomes how much power he really has. He is very strong through his wrists and forearms and has plus bat speed, but fails to use the whole field at times, instead relying on turning out pitches that are actually away from him. He does have the potential for an average hit tool, and his raw power is above-average. His speed is below-average, though, and that’s not really a part of his game. He has a plus arm, which should be an asset at third, and he has the potential to start at the Major League level. He should go in the second or third round, where he will be signable.

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.

Cole Figueroa: Traded from the Padres to the Rays in the dealcentered around Bartlett, Cole offers the Rays average tools with the potential to turn into a good utility man. From UF, he can play the infield and has good enough tools to be able to hit some. He is older and there is the possibility that he never will be able to hit in AAA or the majors. He is very similar to Bortnick.

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.

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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