DRaysBay Community Prospect #23

Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

Who is the Rays 23rd best prospect?

Brandon Guyer, with 27% of the votes, wins the 22nd spot.

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%)

14. Tyler Goeddel (39% runoff)

15. Mike Montgomery (27%)

16. Tim Beckham (37%)

17. Jesse Hahn (36%)

18. Todd Glaesmann (28%)

19. Parker Markel (36%)

20. Jeff Ames (42%)

21. Oscar Hernandez (39%)

22. Brandon Guyer (27%)

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Yoel Araujo (CF, 20, GCL): Signed by the Rays $800,000 as an international free agent in July of 2010, Araujo made his stateside debut in 2012 and hit .286/.339/.410 in 30 games with a 35/6 K/BB ratio. Reports at the time of the signing indicated that he had a plus power/speed combo, while still possessing enough tools to be a good all-around player.

Alejandro Segovia (C, 22, A): In 2012, Segovia hit .269/.362/.527 with 15 homeruns and a 36/29 K/BB rate in 70 games. Scouting reports are nonexistent, and comments from experts are discouraging.

Robby Price (2B, 24, A+): An on-base machine, Robby Price continued to hit at an above average rate at Port Charlotte. However, he numbers dropped off significantly from years past. His tools don't stand out, but if he continues to perform at every level, he could find his way onto the bench of an MLB roster.

Cole Figueroa (3B, 25, AA-AAA): Cole Figueroa won't blow anyone away with his tools, but his knack for making contact (22/26 K/BB ratio in 2012) and ability to play multiple positions makes him a candidate for a bench/utility role on an MLB team.

Robinson Chirinos (C, 28, N/A): Chirinos missed the entire 2012 season due to a concussion he received in spring training when a pitch ricocheted against his mask while he was catching. Prior to the injury, he had a solid defensive reputation with potential in his bat.

Kirby Yates (RHRP, 25, AA): A short right handed relief pitcher (listed at 5'10"), Yates struck out 12.4/9, walked 5.2/9, and had a 2.65 ERA. His fastball sits in the low-90s and touches 94, and he also throws a curveball, slider, and change up.

Spencer Edwards (SS, 19, GCL): The second round pick of the Rays in 2012, Edwards is a considered a plus-plus runner with a quick bat by Baseball America, although they noted his lack of present power and were concerned about a hitch in his swing. He hit .188/.250/.281 with the GCL Rays after signing.

Jeff Malm (1B, 21, A): A fifth round pick in the 2009 draft, Malm followed a breakout year in 2011 by putting up a .263/.356/.438 with 127 strikeouts in 128 games. As a 1B, he needs to hit to have value.

Ty Morrison (CF, 21, A+-AA): A fourth rounder form the 2008 draft, Morrison has slowly worked his way up the minor league levels. As a 21 year old in A+-AA (which is young for the level), he hit .272/.341/.372. His best tool is his speed (which probably rates as plus-plus), which has helped him swipe 140 career stolen bases and makes him a good defender in center field.

Frank De Los Santos, Dane De La Rosa, Lenny Linsky, CJ Riefenhauser, Ryan Carpenter, and Kes Carter will be added on the next poll.

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