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Wander Franco leads an excellent crop of Rays prospects

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Baseball America’s midseason update is out and they have re-ranked the Tampa Bay Rays’ top 30 prospects in their organization, including their recent crop of draft picks.

At the top of the list is the top prospect in all of baseball, the wunderkid that is Wander Franco. In their blurb on Franco, BA notes how he struggled to adjust to the weather in the Midwest League in April, hitting .311, the lowest average in a month of his professional career.

Meanwhile, Brendan McKay comes in as the Rays 2nd best prospect, having already made his Major League debut and displaying his ability to be a well above average big league starter.

Other notables include Matthew Liberatore, who moved up to 3rd slot on the Rays list. Brent Honeywell — thanks to his injury problems — has fallen to the 7th spot. Moises Gomez fell out of the top ten to the 11th spot, while the Rays first round selection, Greg Jones, moved in at number 10.

Here is Baseball America’s complete rankings of the Rays prospects:

1. Wander Franco, SS

2. Brendan McKay, LHP/DH

3. Matthew Liberatore, LHP

4. Jesus Sanchez, OF

5. Ronaldo Hernandez, C

6. Vidal Brujan, 2B/SS

7. Brent Honeywell, RHP

8. Shane Baz, RHP

9. Nate Lowe, 1B

10. Greg Jones, SS

11. Moises Gomez, OF

12. Shane McClanahan, LHP

13. Josh Lowe, OF

14. JJ Goss, RHP

15. Riley O’Brien, RHP

16. Jake Cronenworth, SS/RHP

17. Nick Schnell, OF

18. Seth Johnson, RHP

19. Joe Ryan, RHP

20. Colin Poche, LHP

21. Ian Gibaut, RHP

22. John Doxakis, LHP

23. Anthony Banda, LHP

24. Peter Fairbanks, RHP

25. Taylor Walls, SS

26. Lucius Fox, SS

27. Tanner Dodson, RHP/OF

28. David Mercado, RHP

29. Drew Strotman, RHP

30. Jose De Leon, RHP