It's been awhile since I made a fanpost here on Draysbay and what better way than going back to my roots. As much as I love Rays baseball, I find our prospects more fascinating. That being said, I'm going to identify two pitchers and two hitters for each best/worst category.
Curt Casali, AA: Easily the best performance in the minors by one of our prospects last month. He's averaging over a walk per GAME! That's insane. Since reaching AA last year, Casali has been the best hitting prospect for us and it's not close. IMO he's ready for AAA now.
Patrick Leonard, Hi-A: I could've gone in a couple directions here but I'm going with Leonard. Is a 1.010 sustainable? Probably not, but it does make for a great month.
Honorable Mention- Kiermaier, Hager, Brett, Goetzman, George, Field, Tissenbaum, Motter, Mahtook, Sands
Jacob Faria, Low-A: His K/9 was only decent, but only allowing 3 walks over 27 innings stands out. He may have been a bit lucky in April, but not shooting himself in the foot and putting guys on base certainly helps.
Mike Montgomery, AAA: The walks are still a little high, but a K/9 over 9 is a great sign. Hopefully he can continue to rebound with another strong month in May.
Honorable Mention- Yates, Beliveau, Boxberger, Kelly
Oscar Hernandez, Low-A: In the last week he's collected 8 of his 9 hits this year, so he's showing signs of life. However, his overall performance for the month was dismal for a top 20 prospect. Hopefully he turns things around in May.
Hector Guevara, Hi-A: Guevara has been the complete opposite of a 5 tool player so far. He's not much of a prospect anymore and months like April are the reason why.
Nate Karns, AAA: He's walking too many guys so far. Personally, I think the pitching coaches are having him make adjustments and he'll get better as the season goes on.
Jeff Ames, Hi-A: Ames looked really good the last 2 years, but has gotten off to a terrible start this year. This is somewhat of a small sample size as he's only made 3 starts, but they've all been bad. Like Karns, I think he'll turn it around as the season moves on.
I know you guys like more factual evidence, but I don't have time to do a ton of research. I may be way off on some of these guys. Overall tho, I'd say the hitting prospects throughout the organization improved their value in the month of April, while the pitching is now starting to lag behind.
What do you guys think?