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2020 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 4

Vidal Brujan reached Double A in 2019 and jumped up the list.

MiLB: OCT 18 Arizona Fall League Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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IF Vidal Brujan (S/R, 5’9 155, 22 in 2020)

2019 statistics with Class A-Advanced Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery: 429 PA, .277/.346/.389, 48/61 SB, 28 XBH, 8.6 BB%, 14.2 K%

For the second straight season, Brujan led the organization in steals. In addition to his work on the bases, he uses his athleticism in the field and spent quite a bit of time at shortstop for the first time in his career. It’s believed he could play a good center field if necessary. At the plate, he’s known for his plate approach. He knows the strike zone and hardly strikes out. He may not hit for much power.

Discussion regarding Yoshitomo Tsutsugo’s prospect status has continued. I understand the arguments against it. However, there is no industry consensus among prospect rankers whether he’s a prospect. Some sources will rank him, and some won’t. I determined that he is eligible for this list.

To reiterate something I say in the introduction post every year:

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 people decide that they will not vote for him due to his background, that’s fine, and that’s how the list will play out.

I’ll take up to two testers this poll. There will be polls only on Monday and Thursday next week.

2020 Community prospect list

Rank Player Votes Total Percentage Last season
Rank Player Votes Total Percentage Last season
1 SS Wander Franco 57 57 100.0% 1
2 DH/LHP Brendan McKay 136 251 54.2% 3
3 IF Vidal Brujan 66 197 33.5% 8
4 RHP Shane Baz 82 207 39.6% 12
5 OF Josh Lowe 72 257 28.0% 18
6 LHP Shane McClanahan 50 193 25.9% 11
7 IF/OF Yoshitomo Tsutsugo 68 227 30.0% N/A
8 IF Xavier Edwards 78 178 43.8% N/A
9 OF Randy Arozarena Special election N/A
10 C Ronaldo Hernandez 71 185 38.4% 7
11 RHP Brent Honeywell 81 147 55.1% 2
12 SS Greg Jones 121 260 46.5% N/A
13 RHP Joe Ryan 106 214 49.5% N/R
14 3B Kevin Padlo 79 179 44.1% N/R
15 IF Taylor Walls 65 156 41.7% 20
16 RHP JJ Goss 49 129 38.0% N/A
17 OF Nick Schnell 38 109 34.9% 22
18 LHP Anthony Banda 38 139 27.3% 16
19 RHP Riley O'Brien 45 145 31.0% N/R
20 SS Lucius Fox 30 122 24.6% 13
21 OF Moises Gomez 35 117 29.9% 15
22 RHP Taj Bradley 88 169 52.1% N/R
23 LHP John Doxakis 32 107 29.9% N/A
24 RHP Seth Johnson 39 119 32.8% N/A
25 C Michael Perez 24 113 21.2% 23
26 LHP Josh Fleming 36 146 24.7% N/R
27 OF Garrett Whitley 28 110 25.5% 21
28 OF Niko Hulsizer
29 LHP Michael Plassmeyer
30 RHP Peter Fairbanks
31 SS Alejandro Pie
32 RHP Drew Strotman
33 OF Jhon Diaz
34 C Chris Betts
35 RHP Sandy Gaston
36 LHP Resly Linares
37 C Brett Sullivan
38 RHP Joel Peguero
39 RHP Tobias Myers
40 IF Ford Proctor

RHP Shane Baz (6’2 190, 21 in 2020)

2019 statistics with Class-A Bowling Green: 81 13 IP, 2.99 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 10.8 BB%, 25.4 K%

In his first full season in the organization, Baz made strides with his control, posting a career-low walk rate. After the season, he turned heads in the Arizona Fall League as the youngest pitcher in the league. reported that he had the best fastball and breaking ball among AFL prospects. He has to continue improving his control and his changeup.

IF Xavier Edwards (S/R, 5’10 175, 20 in 2020)

2019 statistics with Class-A Fort Wayne and Class A-Advanced Lake Elsinore: 561 PA, .322/.375/.396, 34/45 SB, 27 XBH, 7.8 BB%, 9.6 K%

Edwards — acquired in the trade that sent Tommy Pham to San Diego — was impressive in his first full pro season. He reached the Padres’ equivalent of Charlotte and was selected by Team USA for its Olympic qualifying bid. He uses his plus-plus speed to have success. He knows the strike zone and how to get his bat on the ball, but he may never develop much power. His arm strength may limit him to second base.

RHP Brent Honeywell (6’2 195, 25 in 2020)

Did not pitch in 2019

It was another lost season for Honeywell. After Tommy John surgery cost him 2018, a broken elbow cost him 2019. When he last pitched, he had great stuff and threw strikes with a hard fastball, and impressive secondary pitches — a screwball, changeup, and slider.

LHP Matthew Liberatore (6’5 200, 20 in 2020)

2019 statistics with Class-A Bowling Green: 78 13 IP, 3.10 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 9.3 BB%, 22.9 K%

On draft night in 2018, Liberatore appeared to be one of the steals of the draft. His 2019 performance only made that more clear. His stuff isn’t overpowering, but it is very good. His fastball sits in the low-90s, and his curveball is his best pitch. He has to improve his changeup. Except for a couple starts last season, he threw a lot of strikes and should have very good command in the future.

OF Josh Lowe (L/R, 6’4 205, 22 in 2020)

2019 statistics with Double-A Montgomery: 519 PA, .252/.341/.442, 18 HR, 45 XBH, 30/39 SB, 11.4 BB%, 25.4 K%

Lowe started his professional career as a third baseman, but he quickly transitioned to center field and became the best defensive outfielder in the organization. At the plate, he’s coming off a breakout season with Montgomery. He nearly doubled his career home run total, remained a threat on the bases, and maintained a slightly lower strikeout rate. He then stood out in the Arizona Fall League (ESPN $).

IF/OF Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (L/R, 6’0 214, 28 in 2020)

2019 statistics with Yokohama: 557 PA, .272/.388/.511, 29 HR, 53 XBH, 15.8 BB%, 25.3 K%

There weren’t a lot of Rays rumors at the Winter Meetings, but it was reported that they were signing Tsutsugo, a top slugger from Japan. He’s been in the top 10 in the Central League in home runs in six straight seasons thanks to his power to all fields. He’s also a very patient hitter. He’ll need that power and patience to provide value in the majors because he’s bounced around defensively and hasn’t been able to find a home in the field.