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Baseball America’s midseason top 100 update features 9 Rays prospects

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Shane Baz makes the leap to the top 100

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Baseball America has released their midseason Top 100 prospect update to include the recent crop of draft picks.

The vaunted Rays system has landed another player in the top 100, to give them 9 total players in the rankings, the most among the 30 MLB franchises.

At the top of the 100 sits Wander Franco, who continues to amaze at just 18 years old, playing in High-A. The switch-hitting teenage shortstop is hitting .361/.425/.590 with 3 HR over 16 games as the youngest player at an advanced level; Wandermania continues to rise.

Meanwhile, Shane Baz made the leap into the top 100, coming in at 79. Baseball America notes that since joining the Rays organization at the 2018 trade deadline, the Rays have altered his repertoire leading to more success.

The Rays have tweaked Baz’s pitch selection, switching him from a two-seam to a four-seam fastball that he can better throw for strikes and pairing it with a slider. His control improvements give him a shot to be a starter with an electric fastball.

The complete list of Rays prospects in the top 100

  • 1 - SS Wander Franco
  • 12 - LHP/DH Brendan McKay
  • 37 - LHP Matthews Liberatore
  • 49 - OF Jesus Sanchez
  • 58 - C Ronaldo Hernandez
  • 61 - 2B Vidal Brujan
  • 64 - RHP Brent Honeywell
  • 79 - RHP Shane Baz
  • 95 - 1B Nate Lowe