Fangraphs has the most transparent Top-100 ranking process among the big five websites to produce these lists, so do give them a read on their process.
It should come as no surprise the Rays top prospects perform well again. The top six prospects on the list are Future Value 65 or better; the Rays enter at the next tier.
A sample of the scouting summary is included below. The site has present and future grades for each tool.
No. 11 - Willy Adames, SS
He doesn’t have jaw-dropping physical tools, but Adames has a well-rounded offensive skillset, a long track record of above-average offensive performance while being young for his level, and competent shortstop ability. Adames’ frame is maxed out and he’s not likely to grow into much more power without better incorporating his lower half into his swing, but he’ll hit plenty of doubles and reach base at an above-average clip.
Adames ranks as the top short stop prospect on the Fangraphs list.
No. 15 - Brent Honeywell, RHP
Honeywell’s kitchen-sink repertoire is headlined by a potential plus-plus changeup, [...] some mechanical inconsistency. He had a 172:35 strikeout-to-walk ratio at Triple-A last year and probably deserved to be in the majors. He’ll get there this year and projects as a No. 3 starter.
No. 22 - Brendan McKay, LHP/1B
McKay is an incredibly rare prospect, in that he would make this top-100 list as both a hitter and pitcher, [...] scouts laud his makeup [...]. He also managed the fatigue and preparation necessary to be the staff ace once a week while hitting in the middle of the lineup everyday for three straight years on a top program.
He was generally seen as a pitcher first until scouts bore down on him last year. Many saw greater potential at the plate — a role to which he admittedly didn’t commit as much time — dreaming on a 60 bat/power combination. The Rays will let him continue to develop both ways but appear to prefer him as a first baseman.
No. 43 - Jake Bauers, RF
Note that Fangraphs is evaluating Bauers as an outfielder, not a first baseman.
His hit tool has continually improved, and in 2017 at Triple-A, his improved raw power showed up in games to a level where scouts think he can profile in a corner-outfield position. He’s also slimmed up and become an abov- average right fielder in the process of adding raw power in pro ball, a tribute to Bauers’ work ethic.
Bauers is the top ranked FV 50 prospect on the list.
No. 49 - Jesus Sanchez, RF
[...] quick-developing plus raw power, and advanced feel to get to that power in games without excessive swing and miss. He’s also deceptively quick and instinctive in the outfield, with a non-zero chance of playing center field at the upper levels, but likely settling in as an above-average right fielder.
FV 50 prospects who didn’t make the 100:
- Christian Arroyo, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays
- Wander Franco, SS, Tampa Bay Rays