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2020 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: How and when to vote

A brief primer for our annual exercise in prospect ranking, which begins Monday.

Adam Sanford

On Monday, we will begin the annual DRaysBay Community Prospect List. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, there will be a couple changes.

We will begin the voting with the No. 2 prospect in the organization. We know that Wander Franco is the top prospect the Rays have because he’s the top prospect in baseball, so we’ll start with who comes next.

There will also be a change in the voting method. Each post will come with an embedded poll, replacing the +1 system in the comments. We’ve used that system for a long time, but the embedded poll will make it more manageable for me. It will be demonstrated at the end of this post.

The intention is not to make it a secret ballot. I hope the same level of discussion will occur in the comments of each post.

Please vote using whichever criteria you prefer! If you like stats, use stats. If you like scouting reports, reference those reports. There’s no one right way to do this — that’s what makes this exercise fun.

If you want to vote for a player who is not listed, there will be an “Other” option on each poll. I just ask that you comment with your selection like you would in the +1 system.

If you want to nominate a player to be included in the next poll, ask for that player to be nominated in the comments. I will often limit the number of players accepted for the next poll to prevent the list from becoming cumbersome. If there’s a high demand for new players, people can add a +1 to show support for certain nominations. All players in one poll who do not win the vote are automatically included in the next poll — there is no need to renominate.

Should the Rays make a trade that adds a prospect to the system, there will be a special election to determine where, if anywhere, the new player fits on the list in progress.

Should the Rays trade away a player already on the list, we just change the numbers and continue voting.

We encourage civil discussion with each vote. Make your case and chat about baseball with your fellow fans. That’s why you’re here, isn’t it?

Except for holidays, new polls should be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.