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Baseball America's "Just Missed" List includes seven more Rays

Plenty of Rays prospects are mentioned on BA's "Just Missed" prospect list.

Garrett Whitley just misses Baseball America's Top-100 prospect list.
Garrett Whitley just misses Baseball America's Top-100 prospect list.
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J.J. Cooper over at Baseball America threw together this interesting list of prospects that just missed their Top 100 prospect list. Here's a quote from the article to explain how the process works:

A little insight to the process: We get the Baseball America staff to rank their Top 150 Prospects, and we put those lists into a spreadsheet to see if we can find a consensus. Once we have that list, we sit down and mull over the adjustments.

J.J. mentions that the Rays' 2015 first round draft pick OF Garrett Whitley would have been somewhere in the 101-120 range. After that, six Rays prospects were on at least one ballot, to include (in alphabetical order):

SS/UTIL Andrew Velazquez

1B Casey Gillaspie

SS Daniel Robertson

RHP Jacob Faria

OF Mikie Mahtook

RHP Taylor Guerrieri

Add that to Blake Snell (12), Willy Adames (46), Brent Honeywell (65), and Jake Bauers (78) who made the Top 100, and the Rays are well represented with a total of eleven prospects throughout the Top 208.

To compare, the average MLB team would have seven players listed in the Top 208. Andrew Velazquez would have to be the 11th best prospect of the bunch, because the rest of the list matches up perfectly with BA's Top 10 Rays Prospects list previously released.

J.J. Cooper then goes on to mention that last year's "Top 15 Just Missed" Rays prospect Brent Honeywell took a leap forward, while Justin O'Conner took a step back. The 2014 Rays' "Top 10 Just Missed" included Rays SS Hak-Ju Lee, who's career was derailed by a serious knee injury.