DRaysBay Community Prospect #14

Jonathan Ferrey

Who is the Rays' 14th best prospect?

With 71% of the votes, Mikie Mahtook easily wins the 13th spot on the list.

1. Wil Myers (100%)

2. Chris Archer (49%)

3. Taylor Guerrieri (65%)

4. Hak-Ju Lee (70%)

5. Jake Odorizzi (35%)

6. Richie Shaffer (48%)

7. Alex Colome (50%)

8. Blake Snell (43%)

9. Enny Romero (38%)

10. Jake Hager (39%)

11. Josh Sale (50%)

12. Drew Vettleson (43%)

13. Mikie Mahtook (71%)

Todd Glaesmann (CF, 21, A/A+): After three years years of a sub-.700 OPS, Glaesmann hit for an .829 OPS across A and A+, while hitting 21 home runs. His power and athleticism are considered his strengths, with contact his main issue.

Tim Beckham (SS/2B, 22, AAA): In 2012, Beckham hit for a .686 OPS in 72 games in Durham. While his defensive ability at shortstop is in question, Baseball America noted that he still has good raw power and bat speed.

Felipe Rivero (LHP, 20, A): In 113.1 innings, Rivero held his opponents to a 3.41 ERA, while striking out 7.8 per 9 and walking 2.3 per 9. His fastball sits in the low-90s, touching 95, with a good breaking ball and developing changeup.

Jeff Ames (RHP, 21, A-): In Hudson Valley, Ames had a 1.96 ERA, 9.8 SO/9, and 2.8 BB/9 in 64.1 innings. Rated the 8th best prospect in the New York Penn League by BA, they noted is 93-95 mph fastball, solid slider, and below average changeup that improved during the season.

Jesse Hahn (RHP, 22, A-): After being drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 draft and signing well over slot (he was considered a first round talent), Hahn underwent Tommy John Surgery and did not pitch until this year. At Hudson Valley in 2012, Hahn pitched to a 2.77 ERA, 9.5 SO/9, and 2.6 BB/9 all in 52 innings. Baseball America noted his hard fastball (mid-90’s and touching 99), quality curve, and potentially plus change up and slider.

Tyler Goeddel (3B, 19, A): Aggressively sent to Bowling Green after receiving the second highest bonus the Rays dished out in the 2011 draft, Goeddel hit for a .706 OPS. A tremendous athlete, Jim Callis says he needs to fill out his frame and add strength, but "he has the athleticism, bat speed, and arm strength to do it all at the hot corner."

Andrew Toles (CF, 20, Rk): A third round pick for the Rays in 2012, Toles hit .281/.327/.482 with 7 home runs in 51 games. His K/BB rate was 36/12. Rated as the 15th best prospect in the Appy league (by Baseball America), Toles is considered a plus (if not better) runner with premium bat speed, plus raw power, and an above average arm.

Mike Montgomery (LHP, 22, AAA/AA): The lefty with the hard fastball and great changeup struggled mightily in 2012, to the point where he was demoted to AA. His combined ERA was 6.07.

Patrick Leonard (3B, 19, Rk): Leonard hit 14 home runs in only 62 games, compiling an .833 OPS. His best tool is his plus power. Though he could improve his range, he is supposed to stick at 3B.

Brandon Guyer (OF, 26, MLB/AAA): 2012 was a lost year for Guyer as he barely played due to a shoulder injury that required surgery. Prior to the 2012 season, Baseball America rated him as the Rays' 11th best prospect, noting that his all around game was strong enough for him to be an everyday player.

Brandon Martin (SS, 18, Rk): A strong defender at shortstop, Martin has plus raw power but needs to work on his hit tool. His OPS in 2012 was only .674, but he managed to hit 10 home runs in 63 games.

Parker Markel (RHP, 21, A): After a slow start to begin the 2012 season, Markel picked it up later in the year. In 120 total innings, he had a 3.52 ERA, 7.2 K/9, and 2.6 BB/9. His peripherals improved from his 2011 season, a good sign for a raw pitcher with great stuff. Markel's fastball sits in the 92-96 range and he has shown the ability to hit 98. His changeup is plus and his slider is plus at times as well. Some consider his pitching mechanics an issue.

Alex Torres (LHP, 24, AAA): When at his best, Torres has three pitches that grade out at least as plus. Unfortunately, he was not at his best in 2012 when he failed to find the strike zone. In a year in which many hoped he could improve his BB/9, it took a step backwards to 7.5. On a positive note, he still struck out many batter, averaging 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings.

Oscar Hernandez (C, 18, Rk): After hitting for a 1.236 OPS in the VSL, Oscar hit for a .742 OPS in Princeton, which was still above league average. Matt Eddy labeled him as a sleeper prospect, saying "hit hitting approach and defensive tools could lead to a breakout in 2013."

Ryan Brett (2B, 20, A): After posting an .841 OPS in 2011, Brett's OPS dropped by .1, down to .741 in 2012. He has plus speed that led him to steal 48 bases, but he lacks much power and his strikeout rate almost doubled from 2011 to 2012. He has shown good contact skills in the past, and he will need to prove that he has them at higher levels.

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