This morning Baseball America updated their Top 100 accounting for graduations and new scouting reports. They didn’t make a ton of big moves at this point; we may see more adjustments in their mid-season update around the All-Star break.
Six Rays are featured on the list:
7. Willy Adames - SS (Previously #10)
22. Brent Honeywell - RHP (Previously #30)
38. Jose De Leon - RHP (Previously #29)
64. Jake Bauers - 1B/OF (Previously #70)
69. Casey Gillaspie - 1B (Previously #74)
96. Jesus Sanchez - OF (Previously Unranked)
Most of the movement up the ranks come about because graduations create openings when top prospects become major leaguers. Jose De Leon’s drop is likely due to missing time and getting jumped by some guys.
Jesus Sanchez has made the biggest leap of all Rays prospects. In a piece about risers and fallers ($) on the list Baseball America had this to say,
A good hitter with a gangly, underdeveloped frame when he signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2014, Sanchez has packed on muscle to become a strong, powerful and athletic outfielder with a well-rounded skill set. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Sanchez is a lefthanded hitter with plus raw power and the feel for hitting to show that extra-base pop in games. He’s an aggressive hitter but shows pitch recognition skills and is also an above-average runner underway, though he isn’t a big basestealer.
Outside of Jesus Sanchez and Brent Honeywell, the Rays top prospects have not had the greatest starts to the season, but they look to be heating up as summer approaches.