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2016 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 16

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Another young prospects completes the first half of the list

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1. LHP Blake Snell (95.2%)
2. SS Willy Adames (59.1%)
3. 1B/OF Jake Bauers (60.6% in runoff)
4. RHP Brent Honeywell (50.0%)
5. RHP Taylor Guerrieri (57.5%)
6. SS Daniel Robertson (64.3%)
7. RHP Jacob Faria (69.0%)
8. 3B Richie Shaffer (64.9%)
9. OF Garrett Whitley (44.7%)
10. OF Mikie Mahtook (39.0%)

11. 1B Casey Gillaspie (42.1%)
12. OF Justin Williams (56.4% in runoff)
13. UT Taylor Motter (42.1%)
14. SS Adrian Rondon (54.1%)
15. C Chris Betts (63.2%)

2B Ryan Brett (R/R, 5'9 180, 24 in 2016)

2015 statistics with Triple-A Durham: 354 PA, .247/.288/.354, 24 XBH, 4-for-7 SB, 4.2 BB%, 18.1 K%
2015 statistics with Tampa Bay: 4 PA, 2 H, 1 BB

Brett made his big league debut early in the season before injuring his shoulder and joining scores of teammates on the DL. Whether it was the injury or not, he was not the same player when he returned, posting career worsts across the board. If it was just a blip, he has quick hands to make good contact with a decent plate approach to help him get on base. He's a good runner, adequate defender and saw time in center field with Durham.

OF Johnny Field (R/R, 5'10 195, 24 in 2016)

2015 statistics with Double-A Montgomery: 491 PA, .255/.329/.447, 51 XBH, 14 HR, 18-for-21 SB, 7.3 BB%, 22.2 K%

Even as a less-reputed prospect, Field has enough tools to succeed in games. While Field has about average speed, he has the natural instinct to play center field nonetheless. He also succeeds on the basepaths even with his lack of plus speed, converting a majority of his stolen base attempts. The bat speed is decent, but he really flashed some power this season. Most scouts see Field as a fourth outfielder, but if he keeps performing well in games he could elevate his stock.

RHP Chih-Wei Hu (6'1 230, 22 in 2016)

2015 statistics with Class A-Advanced Charlotte, Class A-Advanced Fort Myers and Triple-A Rochester: 109 IP, 3.22 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 6.9 BB%, 22.0 K%

Hu was one of two righties acquired from Minnesota in July's Kevin Jepsen trade. Despite a blender mishap that cost him a start, he performed well for two different Florida State League affiliates. His average fastball -- and really, his entire arsenal -- plays up thanks to his advanced command. His secondary offerings include an average palmball, so Brent Honeywell is not the only pitcher in the organization with a unique pitch.

RHP German Marquez (6'1 185, 21 in 2016)

2015 statistics with Class A-Advanced Charlotte: 139 IP, 3.56 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 4.9 BB%, 17.5 K%

The selling point for Marquez is his fastball-curve combo, combining a low-to-mid-90s fastball and above-average curveball. Marquez has a changeup as well which can look average at times. Marquez has made strides with his control over the past year, lowering his walk rate to 4.9%. At Charlotte, he also took steps to adjust his delivery, adding a hip turn that keeps him in line with the plate. His biggest struggle has been allowing hits, and his 1.27 WHIP indicates that the issue has yet to be alleviated.

C Justin O'Conner (R/R, 6'0 190, 24 in 2016)

2015 statistics with Double-A Montgomery: 444 PA, .231/.255/.371, 39 XBH, 9 HR, 10-for-12 SB, 2.9 BB%, 29.1 K%

After a breakout 2014 season at the plate, O'Conner struggled in 2015 as Double-A pitchers took advantage of his aggressive plate approach. While he has power potential, he has a hard time just making enough contact in games to show it. Still, he has a chance to make the majors thanks to his 80-grade arm and improving overall defense behind the plate.

LHP Enny Romero (6'3 215, 25 in 2016)

2015 statistics with Triple-A Durham: 46 1/3 IP, 4.86 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 8.5 BB%, 22.4 K%
2015 statistics with Tampa Bay: 30 IP, 5.10 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 9.3 BB%, 22.1 K%

It was long assumed that Romero would eventually transition to a relief role, and that's how he got most of his work in 2015, making just two starts out of 40 appearances between the Triple-A and big league clubs. He was able to post some of the best strikeout and walk rates in his career with his fastball that averaged over 96 mph and an average breaking ball.

RHP Burch Smith (6'4 215, 26 in 2016)

2015 statistics: Did not play

A forearm injury and eventually Tommy John surgery made 2014 and 2015 lost seasons for Smith. Acquired in the Jake Bauers trade, when he pitches, Smith owns a low-90s fastball and a good changeup. Early in his career, he developed a reputation as a strike-thrower.

IF Andrew Velazquez (S/R, 5'8 175, 21 in 2016)

2015 statistics with Class A-Advanced Charlotte: 203 PA, .290/.343/.360, 11 XBH, 5-for-13 SB, 7.4 BB%, 26.1 K%

Velazquez came over with Justin Williams in the trade that sent Jeremy Hellickson to Arizona, but a broken hamate cost him a large part of the season. Whether it was the injury or not, he was not the same player in 2015. Most notably, he was poor on the bases, and his walk rate went down while his strikeout rate went up. After playing the outfield as an amateur, as a professional he's seen time all around the infield.

RHP Hunter Wood (6'1 175, 22 in 2016)

2015 statistics with Class-A Bowling Green and Class A-Advanced Charlotte: 106 1/3 IP, 2.20 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 6.1 BB%, 27.6 K%

Wood started the season piggybacking Brent Honeywell's starts, and his own great performance earned him a promotion to the Stone Crabs and a permanent spot in the rotation. Part of his success can be attributed to the improvement in his control, as he cut his walk rate significantly from a tough stint with Bowling Green in 2014. In the Arizona Fall League, his fastball averaged 94 mph, and his breaking ball has been described as plus (BA $).