Baseball America has released their midseason top 100 prospect update and among some familiar names it also features several newcomers, including a member of the Tampa Bay Rays organization.
92 - Ronaldo Hernandez (NA)
83 - Wander Franco (96)
41 - Jake Bauers (45)
32 - Jesus Sanchez (49)
26 - Brendan McKay (39)
18 - Brent Honeywell (14)
11 - Willy Adames (19)
*(#) indicates prior ranking by Baseball America heading into the season
Ronaldo Hernandez is the newcomer as he placed just inside of the top 100 at 92nd overall.
He emerged as a legitimate dual-threat receiver in 2017 at Rookie-level Princeton after battling a groin injury for two years in the Dominican Summer League. This year has just added to the already-lofty expectations that surrounded him coming into the season as he’s proven to be one of the better hitters in the Midwest League. Scouts are surprised to discover Hernandez’s limited experience behind the dish based on his ability. He has plus-plus arm strength. Hernandez does a solid job blocking balls in the dirt.
Meanwhile, the six other Rays prospects all improved their status as most of them moved up multiple spots with Jesus Sanchez making the biggest leap from 49th to 32nd.
Brent Honeywell’s stock dropped after undergoing Tommy John surgery during spring training, which is to be expected.
The Rays may soon see a couple of these prospects disappear off of the list as Jake Bauers and Willy Adames have both reached the major leagues and will graduate from the Baseball America top 100.