Baseball America is the most bullish on the current state of the Tampa Rays farm system. The Durham Bulls are going to be stacked as all five making the list should spend time this year.
All five are expected to be in the majors within the next 18 months, so the future is bright.
The full Top 100 can be seen at BaseballAmerica.com.
#10 Willy Adames SS
Hit: 60. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55. ETA: 2017.
Of all the national lists made public so far Baseball America is the only one to have Willy Adames as a top 10. Hit tool improved to a 60 from a 50 since last year’s list. He decreased his strikeouts while keeping his batted ball authority and plate discipline. A lot to like.
#29 Jose De León RHP
Fastball: 60. Changeup: 60. Slider: 50. Control: 55. ETA: 2017.
This is the first that has Jose De León ahead of Brent Honeywell, but it’s one spot and they have been really close in most lists.
#30 Brent Honeywell RHP
Fastball: 60. Changeup: 60. Curve: 50. Screwball: 60. Control: 55. ETA: 2018.
Three plus pitches. He’s behind De León, but only one spot and likely due to being a year further away.
#70 Jake Bauers OF/1B
Hit: 60. Power: 50. Speed: 50. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50. ETA: 2018.
Baseball America is one who thinks he’ll be fine in the outfield. Those who view him as a corner outfielder are much more impressed than those who think he’s a first baseman.
#74 Casey Gillaspie 1B
Hit: 45. Power: 60. Speed: 30. Fielding: 50. Arm: 40. ETA: 2017.
So far Baseball America is the only publication to have Gillaspie in the Top 100.