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Rays Community Prospect #26



With a third of the votes, Matt Bush is the victor.

1. Matt Moore (100%)

2. Hak-Ju Lee (100%)

3. Alex Torres (53%)

4. Enny Romero (80% runoff)

5. Tim Beckham (64%)

6. Mikie Mahtook (63% runoff)

7. Brandon Guyer (50%)

8. Chris Archer (65% runoff)

9. Drew Vettleson (48%)

10. Taylor Guerrieri (80%)

11. Alex Colome (75%)

12. Derek Dietrch (40%)

13. Josh Sale (39%)

14. Ryan Brett (50%)

15. Parker Markel (43%)

16. Jake Hager (41%)

17. Tyler Goeddel (43%)

18. Jeff Malm (60%)

19. Oscar Hernandez (48%)

20. Tyler Bortnick (84% runoff)

21. Granden Goetzman (80% runoff)

22. Lenny Linsky (36% runoff)

23(T). Ryan Carpenter (32% runoff)

23(T). Russ Canzler (32% runoff)

25. Matt Bush (33%)

Stephen Vogt (C): Despite putting up mediocre walk rates, Vogt has hit well at each promotion, especially in regards to batting average. He offers versatility yet isn't good defensively in any catergory. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=vogt--001ste)

Kyle Lobstein (LHP): A finesse lefty out of the disastrous 2008 draft, Lobstein projectibily has yet to promote his stuff, leaving him as an athletic pitcher who only throws in the mid to high 80s. His offspeed pitches offer potential and he has shown a good ability to mix up his pitches and control the strike zone. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=lobste001kyl)

Andres Gonzalez (RHP): A pitcher from the VSL Rays, Andres dominated despite playing in an extreme hitter's park. He reportedly thows in the 88-92 range with a good curve and a developing changeup. His BB rate is very promising, but his K rate leaves plenty to desire. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=gonzal004and)

Jacob Thompson (RHP): A second round pick in the 2010 draft, Thompson is a big, strong RHP with a low 90s fastball and a plus slider. Thompson has one clear issue: strikeouts. While he could be aiming for pitchability, a 4.4 K/9 simply doesn't cut it for a top prospect. He also struggles with hittability, which would hint towards a weaker than often described fastball. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=thomps003jac)

Cole Figueroa(2B): A MIF acquired in the Jason Bartlett trade, Cole Figueroa provides a solid floor with a limited upside. He is a similar prospect to Bortnick. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=figuer002ste)

Grayson Garvin (LHP): A 2011 first round pick out of Vandy, Garson signed late, giving him no pro time (yet). While his ceiling is "probably" limited, he offers a high floor due to his polish.

John Alexanderv(1B): A HS 1B, Alexander was drafted in the eighth round of the 2011 draft. He performed well in his short GCL stint. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=alexan003joh)

Jacob Faria (RHP): Like Alexander, Faria was a HS pick in the 2011 draft, coming from the 10th round. He put up superd numbers in a extremely short sample size with the GCL Rays. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=faria-000jac)

Felipe Rivero (RHP): Another product of the Rays efforts in Central America, Rivero provides a low 90s fastball and a "potentially" plus curve. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=rivero001fel)

Nick Barnese (RHP): Barnese stock has fallen in the past years, due to a lack of progression of his stuff, weakening stats, and injuries. It appears his fastball still sits in the 90 range (with excellent movement). His other pitches still have some potential. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=barnes001nic)

Johnny Eierman (SS): A toolsy 3rd round pick in the 2011 draft, Eierman provides all around upside. However, his relative "rawness" showed in his short GCL stint (although not as badly as some others). (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=eierma002joh)

Lucas Bailey (C): A fourth round pick in the 2009 draft, Bailey was viewed as the savior, the catcher of the future! Unfortunately, Baily has yet to live up to the hype, showing defensive skills but only mediocrity with the bat. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=bailey001luc)

Albert Suarez RHP): Suarez is an interesting player, a player the Rays have shown much dedication and hope for despite many issues. At his best, Suarez has a low to mid 90s sinker that could develop into an excellent pitch. He also has some other pitches with potential; as of now, health is a big issue.(http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=suarez001alb)

Jose Lobaton(C): A catcher who has slowly worked his way up the minors, Lobaton offers good defense with a questionable bat. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lobatjo01.shtml)

Robinson Chirinos (C): Another catcher, Chirinos was nabbed in the Garza trade. Althletic for a catcher, Chirinos has shown eveything to be a good catcher, except a quick release. If he can get his throwing down, it is hard to see him not playing at the MLB level, even if as a reserve. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/chiriro01.shtml)

Kes Carter(OF): Yet another first round pick from the 2011 draft, Carter wasn't exactly a "popular" pick. He has shown injury issues and some struggles against left handed pitchers. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=carter001kes)

Wilking Rodriguez (RHP): A hard throwing, young pitcher, Rodriguez has failed to break out as many expected. However, he has excellent stuff, which leaves scouts wondering why he can't produce better results. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=rodrig007wil)

Braulio Lara (LHP): A lefty with a blazing mid 90s fastball, Lara proves plenty of upside. However, he is old for his levels and failed to dominate in 2011, throwing him a bit off the radar. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=lara--001bra)

Jason McEachern (RHP): With a fastball thats sits in the 93-94 range and a good looking curve (that he doesn't throw much), it seems stange that McEachern seemingly can't get past Bowling Green. His delivery is a bit like Masterson's and he lacks much of a third pitch, so a move to the bullpen could be in his future. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=mceach001jas)

Brandon Martin (SS): The Rays 4th first round pick in the 2011 draft, Martin is another SS prospect, possessing offensive potential and a strong defensive reputation. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=martin005bra)

C.J. Riefenhauser (LHP): A 20th round pick in the 2010 draft, CJ had excellent numbers in a little over 100 innings at Bowling Green. However, reports indicate that he lacks an above-average pitch. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=riefen001cha)

Marquis Fleming (RP): One of the Rays best releif prospects, Fleming puts up impressive numbers despite a dull fastball. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=flemin001mar)

James Harris (OF): A first round pick in the 2011 draft, harris has exciting tools. However, he is also extremely raw. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=harris021jam)

Ty Morrison (CF): A speedy OF with the potential to gain some power, Morrison has plenty of physical upside. However, to this point, the baseball skills have no been there. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=morris001ty-)

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