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2020 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 18

Another recent first-round pick is added to the list.

MILB: JUL 07 Gulf Coast League - GCL Rays at GCL Orioles Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Previous winner

OF Nick Schnell (L/R, 6’3 180, 20 in 2020)

2019 statistics with rookie-level Princeton and Class-A Bowling Green: 226 PA, .272/.338/.455, 5 HR, 23 XBH, 5/8 SB, 8.8 BB%, 33.2 K%

Injuries ended Schnell’s pro debut early and delayed his start to 2019, but when he’s been on the field, he’s played pretty well — despite a very high strikeout rate. Otherwise, he’s shown why the Rays selected him with the No. 32 pick in 2018. He’s hit well, showed power potential, and he has the chance to stick in center field with solid athleticism. Staying on the field will be key moving forward.

Nick Schnell is the second straight high draft pick to be added to the list. Right now, the community is favoring upside when selecting players.

I’ll take up to one tester for 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

LHP Anthony Banda (6’2 225, 26 in 2020)

2019 statistics with Tampa Bay: 4 IP, 6.75 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 0.0 BB%, 11.1 K%
2019 statistics with Triple-A Durham: 28 13 IP, 6.04 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 9.2 BB%, 22.5 K%

Prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2018, Banda was pitching well for Durham. He returned to the mound in June and finished his season in the big leagues. In his final appearance for the Bulls, he struck out six in five innings, his longest outing of the season. His velocity was down in his brief stint in the majors, but when he’s at his best, he throws in the mid-90s with an average changeup and slider.

OF Jhon Diaz (L/L, 5’11 160, 17 in 2020)

Signed Aug. 29

Diaz was the Rays’ top signing in the international period, and he was ranked No. 18 in the class by The Yankees were expected to sign him, but the deal fell through, giving the Rays an opportunity. He’s known for his performance in games, but he has good tools too. At the plate, he should make consistent contact with a nice plate approach and potential for average power. In the field, he could play a decent center field.

LHP John Doxakis (6’4 215, 21 in 2020)

2019 statistics with short-season Hudson Valley: 32 23 IP, 1.93 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 8.5 BB%, 23.8 K%

Doxakis had a strong pro debut after the Rays made him a second-round pick, which isn’t surprising considering his success in college baseball’s toughest conference. He’s an advanced pitcher who throws strikes with a deceptive delivery. His stuff is just average across the board, although Baseball America’s most recent report ($) has a little higher velocity than its predraft report ($). He also throws a slider and changeup.

SS Lucius Fox (S/R, 6’1 180, 22 in 2020)

2019 statistics with Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham: 480 PA, .221/.331/.327, 39/50 SB, 28 XBH, 12.3 BB%, 21.7 K%

In an organization filled with athletes, Fox is one of the best. He has at least 29 steals in all three seasons with the organization, and he’s an efficient basestealer. His defense in the infield is among the best in the organization, and for the first time in his pro career, he played some second base and third base. At the plate, he hit for slightly more power than usual, but he generally struggled, particularly in a cup of coffee with Durham.

OF Moises Gomez (R/R, 5’11 200, 21 in 2020)

2019 statistics with Class A-Advanced: 489 PA, .220/.297/.402, 16 HR, 44 XBH, 9.8 BB%, 33.5 K%

Baseball America views Gomez’s power as the best in the organization, and his 16 home runs set Charlotte’s single-season record. However, his aggressive approach got the best of him in 2019, and he wasn’t able to build on his breakout 2018 season. His athleticism and defense are just average, so he’ll need to improve his pitch recognition to make more consistent contact and get the most out of his raw power.

RHP Seth Johnson (6’1 200, 21 in 2020)

2019 statistics with Gulf Coast League Rays and rookie-level Princeton: 17 IP, 2.12 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 4.3 BB%, 23.2 K%

Despite both being college pitchers, Johnson and John Doxakis are not very similar. Johnson was a huge riser this spring as a fairly new convert to pitching after having little success as a hitter. His promise is why the Rays made him the No. 40 pick in June. He throws in the low-to-mid 90s, but the rest of his game needs refinement. His slider is his best secondary pitch, but his changeup has shown potential.

RHP Riley O’Brien (6’4 170, 25 in 2020)

2019 statistics with Class A-Advanced Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery: 102 23 IP, 3.16 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 10.3 BB%, 24.9 K%

O’Brien — a high school teammate of Blake Snell (Baseball America $) — has pitched well since he was drafted in the eighth round in 2017, but he received little attention until this season when he continued to have success at higher levels. He’s posted consistently high strikeout rates thanks to his mid-90s fastball and hard slider. His velocity wasn’t always that high. Moving forward, he has to throw more strikes.

RHP Joel Peguero (5’11 160, 23 in 2020)

2019 statistics with Class-A Bowling Green: 47 13 IP, 2.85 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 5.7 BB%, 22.7 K%

Peguero made his full-season debut in 2019, and for the first time, he pitched exclusively out of the bullpen. That was a key for him. For the first time in his U.S.-based career, he got good results. Despite his small size, he has touched 100 mph and sits in the mid-90s. However, it hasn’t yet resulted in high strikeout rates. He has to improve one of his secondary pitches.

SS Alejandro Pie (R/R, 6’4 175, 18 in 2020)

2019 statistics with Dominican Summer League Rays 1: 253 PA, .289/.361/.342, 24/32 SB, 11 XBH, 4.3 BB%, 18.2 K%

Pie was one of the Rays’ top two signings in the 2018-19 international period, and he was decent in his pro debut — although his 5.9 HBP% is likely unsustainable. Despite his size and potential for growth, he could stick at shortstop thanks to his athleticism. If not, he has the arm to play anywhere on the field. With that size comes power potential, but he hasn’t shown much of it yet.

OF Garrett Whitley (R/R, 6’1 195, 23 in 2019)

2019 statistics with Class A-Advanced Charlotte: 439 PA, .226/.339/.412, 10 HR, 42 XBH, 16/28 SB, 14.1 BB%, 37.1 K%

Over the final two months of the 2017 season with Bowling Green, Whitley hit .246 with a .381 on-base percentage and .462 slugging percentage. However, he was unable to carry that momentum over to the 2018 season due to shoulder surgery that kept him out until 2019. When he returned, he showed glimpses of the tools that made him a first-round pick in 2015, but as the strikeout rate indicates, he was very inconsistent.