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Rays place several among top full-season prospects

These players are a little closer to helping the big club

Yes, Alex Colome still has prospect eligibility
Yes, Alex Colome still has prospect eligibility
Jason Miller

Two weeks ago, I took a look at how the Rays' lower level affiliates fared in Baseball America's top 20 prospect by league series. Since then, they finished all the leagues and have moved onto the team top 10 lists. Before that's officially released Monday, I'll go over the Rays recognized in full-season leagues.

Quite clearly, the Rays aren't represented as well in the full-season leagues, leaving me wonder why I split this into two parts. If you want to check out all of BA's top 20 lists, you can do so here.

Class A Midwest League

5. SS Willy Adames: Before being traded to the Rays for David Price, Adames was the breakout player of Detroit's farm system. Compared to Drew Smyly and Nick Franklin's big league readiness, Adames is more of a lottery ticket. With an above average bat and some power potential, he's a top prospect because he also has a chance to stick at shortstop. He ranks one spot ahead of Kohl Stewart, a highly touted top 10 pick from the 2013 draft.

Who's not ranked? BA's J.J. Cooper fielded a question about Kean Wong and Ryne Stanek in the chat to go along with the list. He notes that Wong's scouting report has a lot of potential 4 or 5 grades (5 is average), and evaluators he talked to see Stanek as a reliever. Granden Goetzman and Oscar Hernandez are other qualifying batters that could've merited some consideration, and the pitching side includes German Marquez and Jacob Faria.

Class A-Advanced Florida State League

10. C Justin O'Conner: O'Conner's stock may have risen more than anyone in the Rays organization this year. His 80 grade arm is a huge weapon behind the plate, and he had a career season at the plate too. He's probably always going to strike out and not post great on-base percentages, but he has power and won't be a negative presence offensively. He's ranked one spot ahead of former top 10 pick Albert Almora.

Who's not ranked? John Manuel mentioned Blake Snell as being closest to making the cut. He has two plus pitches, but Manuel feels that he could be a reliever in the end. Patrick Leonard had a very productive season, but if his ceiling is a second division first baseman, he's not going to end up on these lists. Johnny Field, the organization's MVP, is probably more of a fourth outfielder.

Double-A Southern League


Who's not ranked? Matt Eddy covered the Biscuits pretty early in the chat (BA $). This year's Southern League looked pretty deep to me, so maybe some Rays that would've made it in other years were left off. Ryan Brett could be a big league regular, and Jake Hager and Taylor Motter could be utility players in the future. Along with Motter, he mentioned another more unheralded player: catcher Luke Maile.

Triple-A International League

15. RHP Alex Colome: Once again, the Rays only placed one player on a top 20. Colome will be out of options and turns 26 years old soon, so it's time to see what he can do. I suspect we'll be seeing that in the bullpen. Without reliable secondary pitches, that's probably his best role moving forward.

Who's not ranked? Sometimes the Triple-A lists are pretty thin without quality prospects, but this year seemed okay. Obviously Hak-Ju Lee wasn't going to be ranked after the season he had, but Mikie Mahtook had a solid rebound season and couldn't make the cut. Enny Romero's quality stuff couldn't overcome his inconsistent results.

On Monday, BA will release their Rays top 10 list.