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Fangraphs releases Rays Top 30 prospects list

Andrew Velazquez
Andrew Velazquez
Frank LoCascio

Kiley McDaniel announced on Friday that his take on the Rays system would most likely post on Monday, and it came a bit later than expected. For all of the true fans, patience was a virtue.

There's a lot to appreciate from Kiley, whose review of recent acquisition Buddy Wilson we leaned on this morning in the Sean Rodriguez trade coverage. He appreciates realistic big league potential, acknowledging upside but not letting it draw him like a moth to the flame. Consequently, this a list with some realism.

As we did with Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus earlier this winter, it's time for pros and cons from Kiley McDaniel's list. As always, though, you should read the full write up -- all 7,000 glorious words, and the links to the videos that should keep us busy for a good while.


Editor's note: in the interest of giving us all a place to discuss, here's the Top 30+ prospects in list form. I'll come back through with pros and cons shortly.

1. Willy Adames, SS

2. Justin O'Conner, C

3. Alex Colome, RHP

4. Andrew Velazquez, SS

5. Blake Snell, LHP

6. Adrian Rondon, SS

7. Ryan Brett, 2B

8. Justin Williams, RF

9. Casey Gillaspie, 1B

10. Taylor Guerrieri, RHP

11. Enny Romero, LHP

12. Brent Honeywell, RHP


13. Mikie Mahtook, RF

14. Nate Karns, RHP

15. Nick Ciuffo, C

16. Kean Wong, 2B

17. German Marquez, RHP

18. Jake Hager, SS

19. Hak-Ju Lee, SS

20. Cameron Varga, RHP

(Oscar Hernandez, C)

21. Tyler Goeddel, 3B

22. Ryne Stanek, RHP

23. Grayson Garvin, LHP

24. Orlando Romero, RHP

25. David Rodriguez, C

26. Matt Andriese, RHP

27. C.J. Riefenhauser, LHP

28. Cristian Toribio, 3B

29. Jose Dominguez, RHP

30. Patrick Leonard, 3B

31. Andrew Toles, CF


Honorable Mentions

- RHP Isaac Gil
- RHP Jaime Schultz
- LHP Mike Montgomery
- RHP Damion Carroll
- RHP Greg Harris
- RHP Jacob Faria
- as well as nine other younger names

- SS Tim Beckham
- 3B Richie Shaffer
- LF Granden Goetzman
- CF Johnny Field
- RF Kes Carter
- C Luke Maile
- 2B Riley Unroe
- CF Tom Milone
- CF Angel Moreno
- C Rafelin Lorenzo