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2018 DRaysBay Community Prospect special election

A pair of new players could shake up the list.

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Previous winner

LHP Genesis Cabrera (6’1 170, 21 in 2018)

2017 statistics with Class A-Advanced Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery: 134 1/3 IP, 3.22 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 9.1 BB%, 19.5 K%

Cabrera pitched very well again in 2017, even reaching Double A with Montgomery. Only three pitchers were younger than him in the Southern League. He has good stuff, led by his 92-93 mph fastball that can touch 97. He complements his heater with a good slider that has made him tough on lefties. He needs to develop a third pitch and improve his command.

2018 Community prospect list

Rank Player Votes Total Percentage Last season
Rank Player Votes Total Percentage Last season
1 RHP Brent Honeywell 24 33 72.7% 2
2 SS Willy Adames 23 24 95.8% 1
3 1B/LHP Brendan McKay 16 34 47.1% N/A
4 OF Jesus Sanchez 26 35 74.3% 9
5 1B/OF Jake Bauers 29 39 74.4% 4
6 OF Justin Williams 24 35 68.6% 17
7 IF Christian Arroyo 19 38 50.0% N/A
8 OF Garrett Whitley 15 36 41.7% 15
9 LHP Anthony Banda Special election N/A
10 RHP Jose De Leon 15 33 45.5% 3
11 OF Joshua Lowe 13 30 43.3% 7
12 SS Lucius Fox 16 36 44.4% 13
13 SS Wander Franco 13 35 37.1% N/A
14 RHP Austin Franklin 17 33 51.5% 22
15 RHP Tobias Myers 11 32 34.4% N/A
16 2B Nick Solak Special election N/A
17 RHP Michael Mercado 7 27 25.9% N/A
18 1B/OF Joe McCarthy 9 33 27.3% 25
19 2B Brandon Lowe 7 31 22.6% N/R
20 RHP Chih-Wei Hu 8 28 28.6% 6
21 RHP Jaime Schultz 9 32 28.1% 12
22 C Ronaldo Hernandez 11 30 36.7% N/R
23 RHP Diego Castillo 9 25 36.0% 50
24 RHP Yonny Chirinos 12 28 42.9% 41
25 2B Vidal Brujan 10 28 35.7% N/R
26 RHP Ryne Stanek 8 25 32.0% 20
27 LHP Resly Linares 7 26 26.9% 47
28 LHP Genesis Cabrera 12 27 44.4% 23
29 3B Kevin Padlo 9 27 33.3% 14
30 LHP Ryan Yarbrough 13 29 44.8% 19
31 LHP Brock Burke N/R
32 RHP Drew Strotman N/A
33 SS Jermaine Palacios N/A
34 C Brett Sullivan 26
35 C Nick Ciuffo 24
36 OF Ryan Boldt 38
37 IF Carlos Vargas 27
38 3B Adrian Rondon 11
39 LHP Travis Ott 40
40 RHP Curtis Taylor N/A

I wouldn’t mind if this annual event ended sooner than it did, but I like starting it after the Winter Meetings because I figure that gives the organization a chance to make trades and get new prospects who might get ranked. Clearly, those trades happened a little later than that this offseason.

The two newly acquired prospects, Anthony Banda and Nick Solak, are the only players up for consideration now. There will be a comment for each player, and I’m going to ask you where each should place on the list. If you say No. 1, that player goes above Brent Honeywell. If you say No. 2, that players goes between Honeywell and Willy Adames. If you say No. 17, that player goes between Joe McCarthy and Brandon Lowe. If you don’t think they belong on the list at all, be sure to say that.

LHP Anthony Banda (6’2 190, 24 in 2018)

2017 statistics with Arizona: 2523 IP, 5.96 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 8.7 BB%, 21.7 K%
2017 statistics with Triple-A Reno: 122 IP, 5.39 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 9.6 BB%, 21.8 K%

Despite his struggles in 2017, Banda reached the majors and was still Arizona’s No. 2 prospect, according to Baseball America. Although he didn’t pitch well, he maintained the stuff that made him a potential No. 3 starter, including a plus fastball that can touch 96 mph. His breaking ball and changeup are both inconsistent but have potential to be above-average pitches. His command has to improve. At the very least, he’ll start the season as a member of Durham’s deep pitching staff and get a shot with the Rays later.

2B Nick Solak (R/R, 5’11 175, 23 in 2018)

2017 statistics with Class A-Advanced Tampa and Double-A Trenton: 538 PA, .297/.384/.452, 12 HR, 43 XBH, 14-for-19 SB, 11.7 BB%, 18.6 K%

For two seasons, Solak was a teammate of Rays No. 1 pick Brendan McKay at Louisville. He kind of fits the frequently seen second base profile. He’s not big, but he makes a lot of contact and knows the strike zone. He can spray the ball all over the field and has gap power, and he’s not a bad baserunner. However, he has to improve defensively. Because of the organization’s infield depth, a return to Double A to start 2018 isn’t out of the question.