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2015 DRaysBay Community Prospect #2

After a resounding Willy Adames victory to claim the top spot, who is Tampa Bay's #2 prospect?

It's hard to not be impressed with what Willy Adames accomplished in 2014
It's hard to not be impressed with what Willy Adames accomplished in 2014
Jim Donten

Either there's a clear consensus that Willy Adames is the top prospect in the organization, or many liked voting for the first player alphabetically.

1. SS Willy Adames (91.6%)

Here are the choices in today's voting, and remember you can always vote for someone else responding to the Others comment or suggest a new player for the next poll by responding to the Testers comment.

With the influx of new players, I'm throwing Steven Souza in here now. I'm not sure exactly where they'll go, but of the players soon to be acquired in the Wil Myers trade, he should be in the mix.

RHP Alex Colome (6'2 210, 26 in 2015)

2014 statistics with Triple-A Durham: 86 IP, 3.37 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 8.1 BB%, 19.8 K%
2014 statistics with Tampa Bay: 23 2/3 IP, 2.66 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 10.3 BB%, 13.4 K%

Colome is finally out of options, so it's hard to envision a scenario in which he's on here again next offseason. After returning from a 50-game suspension to start the season, he actually showed a little improvement with the Bulls with the lowest walk rate of his career.

Overall command is still something to improve on, but with his hard fastball and promising cutter, breaking ball and changeup, he has the stuff to get whiffs in the big leagues.

He's expected to start the 2015 season with the Rays.

RHP Taylor Guerrieri (6'3 195, 22 in 2015)

2014 statistics with Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (rehab): 9 1/3 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 5.3 BB%, 26.3 K%

After missing half of 2013 and just almost all of 2014 due to Tommy John surgery, Guerrieri's rehab was cut short due to a setback late in the season. When he is on the mound, he works with a fastball in the low-90's with an above average breaking ball and improving changeup. He had no problem throwing strikes consistently before surgery.

He's expected to start 2015 with Class A-Advanced Charlotte.

RHP Brent Honeywell (6'2 180, 20 in 2015)

2014 statistics with Rookie Princeton: 33 2/3 IP, 1.07 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, 4.7 BB%, 31.3 K%

Honeywell burst onto the scene after the Rays drafted him in the second round in 2014. His arsenal is led by his screwball, a pitch hitters in the low minors no doubt struggled with. His fastball sits in the low-90's and can touch the mid-90's, and his breaking ball and changeup are a work in progress.

He's expected to start the 2015 season with Class A Bowling Green.

RHP Nathan Karns (6'3 210, 27 in 2014)

2014 statistics with Triple-A Durham: 145 1/3 IP, 5.08 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 9.9 BB%, 24.5 K%
2014 statistics with Tampa Bay: 12 IP, 4.50 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 8.2 BB%, 26.5 K%

Karns continued to pile up the strikeouts in his first year in the organization, but his season was inconsistent. His fastball and curveball combination give him a certain role as a big league reliever, but the Rays hope he could be more. With a better changeup and command, he could still be a starter.

Since the Rays are probably going to continue developing him as a starter, I expect he'll be in Durham.

C Justin O'Conner (R/R, 6'0 190, 23 in 2015)

2014 statistics with Class A-Advanced Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery: .278/.316/.466, 12 HR, 49 XBH, 3.8 BB%, 23.1 K%

O'Conner enjoyed a breakout 2014 when he finally put together his great glove and arm with solid offense. His arm behind the plate can change games and could get him to the big leagues itself. At the plate, he offers the power potential to be an everyday player in the future.

He's expected to start 2015 back with Double-A Montgomery.

SS Adrian Rondon (R/R, 6'2 180, 16 in 2015)

2014 statistics: Not sure if they have these for Dominican amateur workouts

Rondon was the top international prospect in the 2014 international signing period, and the Rays completely disregarded their international pool limit to secure his talent. He has as many professional at-bats as I do right now, but that'll change soon with his superior talent. He can stick at shortstop and swing the bat.

I personally expect he'll start 2015 in the Gulf Coast League.

OF Steven Souza (R/R, 6'4 225, 26 in 2015)

2014 statistics with Triple-A Syracuse: .350/.432/.590, 18 HR, 45 XBH, 26/33 SB, 12.8 BB%, 18.4 K%
2014 statistics with Washington: .130/.231/.391, 2 HR, 11.5 BB%, 26.9 K%

Souza has been one of the minors' most productive hitters since a 2012 breakout, and it culminated with an International League MVP in 2014. He has average tools across the board. If he can keep his strikeouts down, he could hit for a solid average with mostly gap power. He'll contribute on the bases and in the field at all three outfield positions.

He's expected to compete for a spot on the big league roster in spring training.

You can find more detailed scouting information (with some subscriptions necessary) at Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs, Minor League Ball,, ESPN and plenty of other places.