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Tampa Bay Rays Ronaldo Hernandez named sixth best catching prospect by MLB Pipeline

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Another day, another top prospect

Ronaldo Hernandez - Jim Donten Photography
Jim Donten Photography

The honors for the Tampa Bay Rays farm system keep coming as another prospect has been ranked in the top ten at his position.

Thus far, Brendan McKay, Brent Honeywell, and Matthew Liberatore have been ranked in the top ten at their respective positions, and now catching prospect, Ronaldo Hernandez, has been ranked as the sixth best catching prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.

MLB Pipeline top 10 catching prospects

  1. Joey Bart, Giants
  2. Francisco Mejia, Padres
  3. Keibert Ruiz, Dodgers
  4. Sean Murphy, A’s
  5. Danny Jansen, Blue Jays
  6. Ronaldo Hernandez, Rays
  7. Miguel Amaya, Cubs
  8. Daulton Varsho, D-backs
  9. M.J. Melendez, Royals
  10. Andrew Knizner, Cardinals (2019)

Hernandez was originally signed as a third baseman back in August of 2014, but the Rays converted to behind the dish before he made his professional debut in the Summer of 2015. Since then, Hernandez has been stellar offensively while learning what it takes to be a catcher.

Among the catchers ranked by MLB Pipeline, Hernandez was deemed the highest riser.

Hernandez began 2018 as the Rays’ No. 20 prospect, but was up to No. 7 by the end of the season. Now he’s jumping onto this Top 10 list for the first time after a year that saw him hit 21 home runs in his full-season debut while throwing out 36 percent of runners trying to steal.

In 2019, Hernandez looks primed to start the year in High-A with the Charlotte Stone Crabs.

Tomorrow, MLB Pipeline will move onto first baseman, so look for Nathaniel Lowe and Brendan McKay to potentially be featured.