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2020 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 8

Another lefty from the Rays’ 2018 draft class joins the list.

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LHP Shane McClanahan (6’1 200, 23 in 2020)

2019 statistics with Class-A Bowling Green, Class A-Advanced Charlotte, and Double-A Montgomery: 120 23 IP, 3.36 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 8.9 BB%, 30.6 K%

Due to a previous Tommy John surgery and inconsistent control, McClanahan came with risks when the Rays drafted him with the No. 31 pick in 2018. As expected, he struck out a lot of batters in his first full pro season, but he also showed improved control as the season progressed. As long as he stays healthy, he could be a mid-rotation starter with a plus-plus fastball and improving secondary pitches.


Like Shane Baz, Shane McClanahan made strides in 2019. His stock improved as he pitched at three different levels, and he moved up on the list.

I’ll take up to two testers this poll.

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

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.

C Ronaldo Hernandez (R/R, 6’1 185, 22 in 2020)

2019 statistics with Class A-Advanced Charlotte: 427 PA, .265/.299/.397, 9 HR, 31 XBH, 4.0 BB% 15.2 K%

It’s crucial that Hernandez’s defense improved in 2019, but he didn’t hit as well after moving up a level. His aggressive plate approach may have caught up with him. He still excelled putting his bat on the ball, but he has to be more patient to make less weak contact. If he’s able to do that, he’ll be able to tap into his plus raw power, like he did with Bowling Green in 2018.

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.

SS Greg Jones (S/R, 6’2 175, 22 in 2020)

2019 statistics with short-season Hudson Valley: 218 PA, .335/.413/.461, 19/27 SB, 18 XBH, 10.1 BB%, 25.7 K%

Jones may have been considered raw coming out of UNC Wilmington, but he got his pro career off to a great start. He was third in the New York-Penn League in average, second in on-base percentage, and seventh in slugging percentage. His best tool is his speed, which rivals Vidal Brujan’s. He may never hit for much power, but he should take good at-bats and get his bat on the ball to make use of his speed.

RHP Joe Ryan (6’1 185, 24 in 2020)

2019 statistics with Class-A Bowling Green, Class A-Advanced Charlotte, and Double-A Montgomery: 123 23 IP, 1.96 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 5.6 BB%, 38.0 K%

Ryan came out of nowhere in 2019 and was one of the best pitchers in minor league baseball. He leans heavily on a fastball that batters have a hard time picking up, and he finished second in the minors in strikeouts. His velocity may only be above average, but he commands his fastball well and throws a lot of strikes. His changeup can be above average, and he has to improve his breaking ball.

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.