Rays Community Prospect #22

In the runoff, Granden Goetzman destroyed Russ Canzler, getting 80% of the votes. At this point, it is very clear that Canzler is a polar prospect. While he manages to get his several votes to put him near or at the lead, the other voters seem to have him down much further.

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)

Jacob Thompson: 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. (

Cole Figueroa: 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. (

Grayson Garvin: 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 Alexander: A HS 1B, Alexander was drafted in the eighth round of the 2011 draft. He performed well in his short GCL stint. (

Jacob Faria: 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. (

Felipe Rivero: Another product of the Rays efforts in Central America, Rivero provides a low 90s fastball and a "potentially" plus curve. (

Nick Barnese: 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. (

Johnny Eierman: 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). (

Lucas Bailey: 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. (

Ryan Carpenter: Another 2011 pick (7th round), Carpenter has an unusually high ceiling for a 7th round college pitcher. However, he has been unable to (so far) mantain the great stuff he has shown in some outings. (

Albert Suarez: 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.(

Matt Bush: Bush was a former SS prospect and the top pick in the 2004 draft. However, with on and off the field issues, he spent some time out of baseball before converting to pitching. (

Jose Lobaton: A catcher who has slowly worked his way up the minors, Lobaton offers good defense with a questionable bat. (

Robinson Chirinos: 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. (

Kes Carter: 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. (

Wilking Rodriguez: 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. (

Braulio Lara: 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. (

Jason McEachern: 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. (

Brandon Martin: The Rays 4th first round pick in the 2011 draft, Martin is another SS prospect, possessing offensive potential and a strong defensive reputation. (

C.J. Riefenhauser: 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. (

Marquis Fleming: One of the Rays best releif prospects, Fleming puts up impressive numbers despite a dull fastball. (

James Harris: A first round pick in the 2011 draft, harris has exciting tools. However, he is also extremely raw. (

Russ Canzler: An older prospect, Canzler has some power and good hitting ability. His defense is limited. (

Ty Morrison: 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. (

Lenny Linsky: Linsky was an interesting pick, as he was drafted so high despite being a reliever. Despite that, he should prove a valuable pick; a guy who can move up the system quickly and offers closer upside. (

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