We're asking readers to vote on the best at each position in the minors. You don't have to choose the best prospect, but if that's how you want to vote, it's your prerogative. The criteria you use to make a decision is solely up to you. And please don't vote twice.
With apologies to the Michael Russell backers, Daniel Robertson got more support from the community in the shortstop re-vote. It also reminded us of one reason we don't use traditional polls for the community prospect list.
Corey Brown (.243 batting average/.316 on-base percentage/.445 slugging, 63 runs, 19 home runs, 60 runs batted in, 15 stolen bases in 17 attempts, 28.6% strikeout rate, 9.5% walk rate in 455 plate appearances with Triple-A Durham)
Brown, a 29-year-old Tampa native, is a veteran of 46 plate appearances in four seasons with Washington and Boston. Always known for his raw tools, the former first-rounder never put it all together consistently enough to make an impact. He showed those tools in 2015, finishing fourth in the organization in home runs and adding 15 steals.
Zacrey Law (.270/.330/.418, 40 R, 8 HR, 30 RBI, 12-of-20 SB, 14.6 K%, 4.9 BB% in 287 PA with Rookie-level Princeton)
Law had a similar season to Brown, although he was one of the 15 youngest players in the Appalachian League and not an also-ran still in Triple A. The 19-year-old was 10th in the league in home runs and tied for eighth in steals. With his athleticism and physical talent along with time being on his side, Law is a name to keep an eye on moving forward.
Braxton Lee (.281/.347/.305, 48 R, 0 HR, 24 RBI, 23-of-36 SB, 15.9 K%, 8.5 BB% in 422 PA with Class A-Advanced Charlotte)
Lee, 22, has to lean on his speed. He was ninth in the Florida State League in steals, and that's important because his .024 ISO was the second lowest among full-season minor leaguers. With his bat-on-ball ability and solid plate approach, his OPS was still above the putrid league average. He uses that speed to play an effective center field.
Thomas Milone (.248/.315/.324, 64 R, 3 HR, 28 RBI, 26-of-40 SB, 17.7 K%, 7.4 BB% in 526 PA with Class-A Bowling Green)
The 20-year-old Milone batted .284/.333/.358 and stole 12 bases in 15 attempts through May, but he could not sustain that modest start over the final four months. As a raw player, he was still able to cut his strikeout rate to a career low. While his bat improves, the Rays can count on his athleticism in center field. He could be ticketed for a second season with the Hot Rods in 2016.
Angel Moreno (.270/.300/.422, 28 R, 2 HR, 26 RBI, 2-of-8 SB, 23 K%, 2.9 BB% in in 244 PA with Short-season Hudson Valley)
Only 15 hitters in the New York-Penn League were 18 or younger in 2015, and only two of them had more plate appearances than Moreno. Now 19, he improved on his 2014 performance with Princeton. His low walk rate is unbelievably better than what it was in 2014. He only managed two home runs in the challenging NYPL, but he was tied for third in doubles.
Boog Powell (.295/.385/.392, 66 R, 3 HR, 40 RBI, 18-of-32 SB, 15.1 K%, 11.7 BB% in 522 PA with Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham)
After tearing up the Southern League for half a season, Powell moved up to Triple A and experienced the first road bump in his career, although he was still solid thanks to his patient plate approach. The 22-year-old center fielder answered questions about his performance-enhancing drug suspension in 2014 by performing in the upper levels, but his basestealing was still surprisingly inefficient.
Dayron Varona (.286/.324/.477, 46 R, 11 HR, 60 RBI, 6-of-14 SB, 15.8 K%, 4.3 BB% in 373 PA with Class A-Advanced Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery)
The Rays signed Varona in May after he defected from Cuba, and he debuted for the Stone Crabs late in the month. More known for his defense in all three outfield spots, the 27-year-old hit well across two levels despite a poor walk rate. He only needed 69 games with the Biscuits to tie for fourth on the team in home runs, and he legged out seven triples as well.
Garrett Whitley (.174/.293/.312, 15 R, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 8-of-13 SB, 22.6 K%, 12.8 BB% in 164 PA with the GCL Rays and Short-season Hudson Valley)
Whitley, 18, was drafted by the Rays with with the 13th pick in the draft in June. He was billed as an advanced prep hitter despite hailing from upstate New York, and he wound up hitting like someone from upstate New York might in his first taste of pro ball. He finished his season with Hudson Valley near his home, giving friends and family a chance to see him play.
- Catcher: Justin O'Conner
- First base: Jake Bauers
- Second base: Kean Wong
- Shortstop: Daniel Robertson
- Third base: Richie Shaffer
- Left field: Joey Rickard