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2016 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 26

Johnny Field's 2015 was not quite as good as his 2014, but he still offers a lot of value

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After a string of plurality victories, Johnny Field broke out with exactly 50 percent of the last vote. As spring training really heats up, our list is winding down.

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%)
16. LHP Enny Romero (51.5%)
17. 3B Kevin Padlo (special election)
18. 2B Ryan Brett (32.4%)
19. C Justin O'Conner (29.2%)
20. RHP Chih-Wei Hu (33.3%)

21. RHP Andrew Bellatti (35.5%)
22. RHP Brandon Koch (27.3%)
23. RHP Hunter Wood (35.3%)
24. IF Andrew Velazquez (35.1%)
25. OF Johnny Field (50.0%)

RHP Yonny Chirinos (6'2 170, 22 in 2016)

2015 statistics with short-season Hudson Valley, Class-A Bowling Green and Class A-Advanced Charlotte: 79 1/3 IP, 1.82 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 3.1 BB%, 20.1 K%

Mat Germain's writeup of Chirinos at Rays Colored Glasses several weeks ago still appears to be the only place on the internet to find information on Chirinos, so just go read that.

1B Devin Davis (R/R, 6'3 215, 19 in 2016)

2015 statistics with the Gulf Coast League Rays: 136 PA, .261/.370/.339, 2 HR, 11.8 BB%, 23.5 K%

The Rays wrestled Davis away from a commitment to Loyola Marymount with a $100,000 bonus in the 25th round. With his strength and power potential, he was thought of highly enough as an amateur to play in the Under Armour All-American Game.

RHP Greg Harris (6'2 170, 21 in 2016)

2015 statistics with Class-A Bowling Green and Class A-Advanced Charlotte: 2.57 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 8.2 BB%, 21.1 K%

Harris started 2015 with a second go-around in the Midwest League, and he earned a promotion with improved results. Despite an average fastball and fringy secondary pitches, he had always been able to strike out his fair share of batters until that promotion. His groundball rates have been pedestrian, but he has kept the ball in the park.

3B Patrick Leonard (R/R, 6'4 225, 23 in 2016)

2015 statistics with Double-A Montgomery: 514 PA, .256/.350/.408, 45 XBH, 10 HR, 11-for-14 SB, 10.5 BB%, 25.1 K%

After a slow start, Leonard recovered and finished with another solid campaign. He has above-average raw power, but he is yet to top the 14 home runs he hit in a short-season league in his pro debut with the Royals several seasons ago. He swung and missed too much in 2015 and may be held back by mediocre bat speed, but a move back to third base helped his value.

C Luke Maile (R/R, 6'3 225, 25 in 2016)

2015 statistics with Triple-A Durham: 337 PA, .207/.298/.296, 10.4 BB%, 14.8 K%
2015 statistics with Tampa Bay: 35 PA, .171/.171/.257, 0 BB, 22.9 K%

Maile was not the modest offensive threat he was early in his career, but he's known for his defense anyway. That's what earned him a cup of coffee with the Rays at the end of the season. They value his pitch-framing and game-calling abilities, and he has an above-average arm.

OF Joe McCarthy (L/L, 6'3 215, 22 in 2016)

2015 statistics with short-season Hudson Valley: 214 PA, .277/.362/.337, 9 XBH, 18-for-21 SB, 8.5 BB%, 10.8 K%

The Rays picked McCarthy in the fifth round in 2015 from Virginia. He missed most of the college season due to back surgery but was able to play in Hudson Valley. One of McCarthy's best tools is his above-average speed, and he uses it aptly on the basepaths. However, his fringy arm limits him to left field. At the plate, McCarthy is projected to have an average hit tool. He also has above-average raw power, but he needs to incorporate the lower part of his body into his swing more often in order to fill that hole.

C David Rodriguez (R/R, 5'11 200, 20 in 2016)

2015 statistics with rookie-level Princeton: 196 PA, .258/.327/.376, 12 XBH, 4 HR, 7.7 BB%, 19.9 K%

Rodriguez escaped the Gulf Coast League after two seasons in Charlotte and turned in a pretty average season. For his efforts, Baseball America named him the No. 18 prospect in the Appalachian League ($). Noted for his athleticism behind the plate and arm strength, he threw out 51 percent of attempted basestealers in 2015. At the plate, he offers a nice approach, some feel for contact and gap power.

OF Jesus Sanchez (L/R, 6'2 185, 18 in 2016)

2015 statistics with the Dominican Summer League Rays: 268 PA, .335/.382/.498, 24 XBH, 8-for-9 SB, 7.5 BB%, 11.9 K%

Sanchez did not receive as much acclaim as fellow 2014 signee Adrian Rondon, but his pro debut was impressive. It was expected that his tools would quickly translate to game action, and that's exactly what happened. He should be able to tap into his solid raw power in games, which would allow him to profile in right field should he have to move out of center.

RHP Jaime Schultz (5'10 200, 25 in 2016)

2015 statistics with Double-A Montgomery: 135 IP, 3.67 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 15.4 BB%, 28.7 K%

Baseball America's Hudson Belinsky raved about Schultz's stuff earlier this offseason, noting, "we're talking upper 90s with really good spin in his back pocket." His impressive strikeout rate certainly reflects that. However, it's impossible to talk about him without looking at that walk rate as well. He walked seven batters in back-to-back games in July, but an 11.7% walk rate over his final eight appearances offers hope of improvement in 2016.

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.

RHP Ryne Stanek (6'4 180, 24 in 2016)

2015 statistics with Class A-Advanced Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery: 112 1/3 IP, 3.04 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 10.2 BB%, 17.5 K%

Injuries knocked Stanek down draft boards in 2013, allowing the Rays to land him with the No. 29 pick. Despite an effective low- to mid-90s two-seamer and potential plus breaking ball, he did not miss many bats in 2015, even in a relief role late in the season with the Biscuits. Control remains an issue, and that stint in the bullpen may not have just been to maintain his innings.

RHP Cameron Varga (6'2 189, 21 in 2016)

2015 statistics with short-season Hudson Valley: 57 2/3 IP, 2.97 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 4.5 BB%, 16.1 K%

Despite being one of the older prep pitchers in the 2014 draft, Varga has significant upside. His strikeout rate did not reflect it, but he has good stuff with a pair of potential plus pitches in his low-90s fastball and breaking ball. He's also an athlete who already throws a lot of strikes. His changeup is a work in progress as he gets ready to take on full-season ball in 2016.

OF Dayron Varona (R/R, 5'11 185, 28 in 2016)

2015 statistics with Class A-Advanced Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery: .286/.324/.477, 36 XBH, 11 HR, 4.3 BB%, 15.8 K%

There was not much fanfare when the Rays added Varona in May, but his 2015 performance should earn him some attention. He has the athleticism and arm to play all three outfield spots, and he hit better than expected despite his aggressive approach.

2B Kean Wong (L/R, 5'11 190, 21 in 2016)

2015 statistics with Class A-Advanced Charlotte: 438 PA, .274/.319/.332, 14 2B, 15-of-21 SB, 6.6 BB%, 14.8 K%

Despite improving his walk and strikeout rates compared to 2014, Wong's numbers were down in 2015, including a 44-point dip in BABIP. However, he was one of the 10 youngest players in the Florida State League. Oddly enough, he batted over 100 points better against lefties. He'll never hit for a lot of power, but he makes consistent contact and is a decent athlete.