Rays Community Prospect #34

With 33% of the votes, James Harris wins the poll.

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)

24. Matt Bush (33%)

25. Robinson Chirinos (60% runoff)

26. Johnny Eierman (26%)

27. Brandon Martin (22%)

28. Ty Morrison (73% runoff)

29. CJ Riefenhauser (69% runoff)

30. Felipe Rivero (29%)

31. Kes Carter (45%)

32. Grayson Garvin (31%)

33. James Harris (33%)

Cody Rogers (OF): An excellent athlete, Rogers offers an enticing speed/power combo. However, injuries and contact have held him back. (

Jesse Hahn (RHP): A college pitcher taken in the 6th round of the 2010 draft, Hahn was considered a first round talent before undergoing TJS around draft time. If he returns to form, he should offer plus stuff. He has yet to play a pro game.

Yoel Araujo (CF): Singed as an international free agent in 2010, Araujo received a fair amount of hype heading into 2011. His statistics in 2011 (in the DSL) were far from inspiring though. he is still young and a toolsy player. (

Blake Snell (LHP): Taken in the first round by the Rays in the 2011 draft, Snell is a raw HS pitcher. His fastball's velocity is average, and while his offspeed pitches show promise, they are unrefined. He has pretty good upside with a low floor. (

Taylor Motter (SS/3B): Motter is a bit reminiscent of Tyler Bornick as he was taken later in the draft and had a good pro debut. He profiles best as a role player though, and not an everyday starter. (

Cameron Seitzer (1B): A linedrive hitting 1B taken in the 2011 draft, Seitzer's future should depend on his future power. His 2011 season in pr ball was a very nice surprise and an excellent start. (

Justin O'Conner (C): A catcher with good defensive tools and plus power, O'Conner seems like the guy who should be near the top of the list. However, his approach at the plate has been awful, resulting in a crazy amount of strikeouts. (

Andrew Bellatti (RHP): Once involved in a fatal car crash, Bellatti is a sleeper propsect in the low minor leagues. His stuff isn't notable yet, but he is young, has potential, and has posted good numbers. (

Matt Spann (LHP): A young lefty with good pitchability and a projectable frame, Spann has posted good numbers in the low minor leagues. (

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. (

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. (

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. (

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. (

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. (

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

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. (

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. (

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. (

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.(

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

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. (

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. (

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. (

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

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