Nathan Karns will compete for a spot on the big league roster, but his competition to get onto the prospect list is over.
If you haven't seen Baseball America's updated Rays top 30 list, you can do so here.
1. SS Daniel Robertson (42.9% in special election)
2. SS Willy Adames (91.6%)
3. OF Steven Souza (52.6%)
4. RHP Taylor Guerrieri (51.4% in runoff)
5. RHP Alex Colome (68.8%)
6. 2B Ryan Brett (51.2% in runoff)
7. C Justin O'Conner (70%)
8. SS Adrian Rondon (36.6%)
9. RHP Brent Honeywell (31.0%)
10. 1B Casey Gillaspie (36.6%)
11. LHP Enny Romero (35.1%)
12. IF Andrew Velazquez (58.8%)
13. RHP Nathan Karns (36.4%)
1B Jake Bauers (L/L, 6'1 195, 19 in 2015)
2014 statistics with Class A Fort Wayne: .296/.376/.414, 8 HR, 29 XBH, 10.9 BB%, 17.1 K%
Acquired in the Wil Myers trade, Bauers doesn't really fit the typical first base profile. Nevertheless, Baseball America ranked him as the 20th best prospect in the Midwest League. For such a young hitter, he has a strong approach at the plate and can hit any kind of pitch, and he makes a lot of contact. He also plays a good first base.
He's expected to start the 2015 season with Class A-Advanced Charlotte.
C Nick Ciuffo (L/R, 6'1 205, 20 in 2015)
2014 statistics with Rookie Princeton: .224/.289/.333, 4 HR, 12 XBH, 8.1 BB%, 21.3%
Seen as a pretty balanced catcher coming out of high school in 2013, Ciuffo has instead shown that his defense is far ahead of his bat. He has a strong arm and has improved his receiving in a system that has quite a few good defensive catchers. His bat needs some work, though he did show improvement as the season progressed after battling illness at the beginning.
He's expected to start the 2015 season with Class A Bowling Green.
RHP Jose Dominguez (6'0 200, 24 in 2015)
2014 statistics with Triple-A Albuquerque: 33 1/3 IP, 3.24 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 11.9 BB%, 25.8 K%
2014 statistics with Los Angeles: 6 1/3 IP, 11.37 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 10.0 BB%, 26.7 K%
Dominguez was acquired from the Dodgers in the Joel Peralta deal, and he certainly adds some arm strength to the Rays' bullpen. In limited big league innings so far, his heater has averaged 97.9 MPH, and he has touched triple digits. He has to improve his breaking ball an throw more strikes, but the potential for a late-inning reliever is there.
OF Johnny Field (R/R, 5'10 190, 23 in 2015)
2014 statistics with Class A Bowling Green and Class A-Advanced Charlotte: .300/.376/.488, 56 XBH, 23/31 SB, 8.7 BB%, 19.2 K%
Field earned the Rays' minor league player of the year honor. He hit for contact with a patient approach and nice power with good play in the outfield. His tools aren't overwhelming, but his energy helps them play up and could help him reach the big leagues.
He's expected to start the 2015 season with Double-A Montgomery.
RHP Dylan Floro (6'2 175, 24 in 2015)
2014 statistics with Double-A Montgomery: 178 2/3 IP, 3.48 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 3.2 BB%, 15.0 K%
Floro won't blow anyone away with his stuff, but he pounds the strike zone and is a ground ball machine. He pitches to contact, but that can work with a good defense behind him. In 346 career minor league innings, he's only allowed eight home runs. Double-A is typically the test for pitchers with his profile, and he certainly appeared to have passed it.
He's expected to start the 2015 season with Triple-A Durham.