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Five Rays place in's Top 100

'Tis the season for prospect rankings

Richie Shaffer made a high rise in this iteration of the Top 100 prospects in baseball
Richie Shaffer made a high rise in this iteration of the Top 100 prospects in baseball
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On Tuesday, released their 2016 Top 100 prospect list. While we may be getting a barrage of rankings with spring training fast approaching, each one still provides a starting point for conversations on minor-league prospects.

Scout did not give any write ups alongside their rankings, so the justification for the placements appears to be unknown. That being said, the following Rays players made it on the list:

  • Blake Snell: No. 14
  • Richie Shaffer: No. 68
  • Daniel Robertson: No. 95
  • Taylor Guerrieri: No. 99
  • Willy Adames: No. 100
Seeing Shaffer ranked so high is an utter surprise. This would place him No. 2 in the organization, higher than any other team rankings have him.

Robertson higher than Adames is another new sight. For the past several years, Adames has been regarded as the top shortstop in the system; therefore, it is interesting that Scout considers Robertson better than Adames. Finally, Scout seems to be high on Guerrieri, seeing as they slotted him as the No. 2 pitcher and the best righty arm in the system, ahead of well-reputed Brent Honeywell. The two have always been close in the rankings, but seeing Guerrieri ahead of Honeywell is another intriguing rankings.

Jake Bauers is a surprise to be missing from the list for us here at DRaysBay (he's the co-pilot of the hype train next to Snell), but he hasn't been on any other Top 100 lists from MLB Pipeline or Baseball Prospectus. Perhaps it is a homer bias for the budding player who had a breakout season, but I wouldn't be surprised if Bauers was a near-miss on most of these lists.

For comparison, here are all Rays players listed among Scout, MLB Pipeline, and Baseball Prospectus's rankings:

Player Scout MLB Pipeline Baseball Prospectus
Blake Snell 14 14 21
Brent Honeywell N/A 43 52
Daniel Robertson 95 N/A 88
Richie Shaffer 68 N/A N/A
Taylor Guerrieri 99 N/A 84
Willy Adames 100 81 54

How do you feel about Scout's rankings?