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Kevin Goldstein Rates The Rays Prospects

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Five-Star Prospects
1. David Price, LHP
2. Tim Beckham, SS
3. Wade Davis, RHP
Four-Star Prospects
4. Desmond Jennings, CF
5. Reid Brignac, SS
Three-Star Prospects
6. Matt Moore, LHP
7. Jeremy Hellickson, RHP
8. Nick Barnese, RHP
9. Jake McGee, LHP
10. Kyle Lobstein, LHP
11. Fernando Perez, CF

Just Missed: Jeff Niemann, RHP; Alex Cobb, RHP; John Jaso, C

Baseball Prospectus

I'm sure this is the ranking everyone will question:


The Good: Hellickson has outstanding command and control and above-average stuff, starting with a 90-92 mph fastball that can get up to 94. His best secondary offering is a plus changeup with nice depth and fade, while his curveball is solid. He mixes his pitches well, and focuses more on carving up hitters than on trying to blow them away.


The Bad: Hellickson can often be victimized by throwing too many strikes; more advanced hitters were able to sit back and be confident that, even if they didn't know exactly which pitch was coming, it would be in the hitting zone. He tends to work within the upper half of the strike zone, leading to a disturbing number of balls leaving the park.

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