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2017 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 2

Who follows Willy Adames as the No. 2 prospect in the organization?

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For the second time in three years, a shortstop acquired from another organization was named the team’s top prospect by our community. This time, it was Willy Adames, who won the first poll pretty easily.

I think this vote will be pretty lopsided too, but it should get very interesting after that.

1. SS Willy Adames (62.9%)

1B/OF Jake Bauers (L/L, 6'1 195, 21 in 2017)

2016 statistics with Double-A Montgomery: 581 PA, .274/.370/.420, 43 XBH, 14 HR, 10-for-16 SB, 12.6 BB%, 15.3 K%

Bauers continued to be one of the more intriguing prospects in baseball in 2016. Whether or not he can play adequate defense in the outfield remains a question, and he did mostly play first base when Casey Gillaspie was promoted to Durham and Justin Williams arrived from Charlotte. With a sweet swing and great plate approach, Bauers sprays line drives to all fields. He showed improved power with the Biscuits and has to continue to do so to fit the traditional first-base profile.

1B Casey Gillaspie (S/L, 6'4 240, 24 in 2017)

2016 statistics with Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham: 560 PA, .284/.388/.479, 54 XBH, 18 HR, 14.3 BB%, 20.9 K%

With a healthy season, Gillaspie reestablished himself as the slugger the Rays took with the 20th pick in the 2014 draft. He socks his dingers with pure strength and not bat speed, but thanks to his strike-zone judgment, he's able to jump on pitches he knows he can hit from both sides of the plate. He's not going to rack up a ton of strikeouts either. Unlike Jake Bauers, Gillaspie is limited to first base.

RHP Brent Honeywell (6'2 180, 22 in 2017)

2016 statistics with Class A-Advanced Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery: 115 1/3 IP, 2.34 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 5.5 BB%, 25.8 K%

Honeywell will always be known for his screwball, but it's his complete package that makes him one of the better pitching prospects in baseball. Fans were able to see that in a standout Arizona Fall Stars Game performance when he struck out five in two innings. His mid-90s fastball can miss bats, and his other secondary pitches, a curveball, changeup and cutter, have improved.

3B Joshua Lowe (L/R, 6'4 190, 19 in 2017)

2016 statistics with the Gulf Coast League Rays and rookie-level Princeton: 214 PA, .249/.374/.405, 14 XBH, 5 HR, 17.3 BB%, 27.6 K%

Lowe's pro career got off to a poor start, but he quickly rebounded and was named a top-20 prospect by Baseball America in both leagues he played in. With good bat speed and room on his frame to add strength, he has the power projection of a classic hot-corner profile. Eventually, those strikeouts will have to come down. As a successful pitcher, he has a strong arm and has the athleticism to play in the outfield if third base doesn't work out.

SS Adrian Rondon (R/R, 6'1 190, 18 in 2017)

2016 statistics with rookie-level Princeton: 210 PA, .249/.301/.430, 19 XBH, 7 HR, 6.2 BB%, 27.6 K%

Rondon's pro debut as a 16-year-old in 2016 was poor, but he followed up with a much better sophomore season. He really showed off his power potential and cut down on his strikeouts. However, he still has a lot of work to do in that regard and could stand to make more contact. He began playing third base in instructs which could be where he ultimately ends up as he grows older.

CF Garrett Whitley (R/R, 6'1 205, 20 in 2017)

2016 statistics with short-season Hudson Valley: 292 PA, .266/.356/.379, 21-for-26 SB, 20 XBH, 10.3 BB%, 25.7 K%

After a poor pro debut and rough start to 2016, anxiety began to set in among fans in regard to Whitley, but with a July stretch of hits in eight of nine games sparked the raw outfielder to a nice finish. He's patient, but he needs to cut down on his strikeouts to tap into his offensive tools. His impressive bat speed gives him plus power potential, and he has the athleticism and arm to be an above-average center fielder.