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Tampa Bay Rays land five prospects among MLB Pipeline’s top 100

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Here’s how MLB’s website sees the Rays system in 2020.

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MLB Pipeline has updated their top 100 prospect rankings to include the players that were selected during the abbreviated draft that was held back in June.

The Tampa Bay Rays have placed five prospects among the top 100, with 19 year old Wander Franco remaining the headliner of the entire system. Brendan McKay follows him, ranking 16th, then infielder Vidal Brujan (49th) in the Top-50.

Infielder Xavier Edwards (78th), part of the return for Tommy Pham, ranks within the top 100, as does now Shane Baz, who initially just missed out on making the list, but entered the list at 100th after Kyle Wright graduated from his prospect status.

According to MLB Pipeline’s ranking system, the Tampa Bay Rays farm system now ranks as the 5th best in baseball.

Wander Franco’s hit tool (80) is still ranked as the best among any prospect in the game. Meanwhile, Brendan McKay’s control (60) is tied with several others for the best.

A couple of Rays 2020 draftees have all been slotted in among the Rays top prospects with first round selection right-handed pitcher Nick Bitsko being placed the highest at 8th overall; shortstop Alika Williams is placed 14th in the Rays system.

Four of the five prospects placed in the top 100 could plausibly see time with the big league club this season as Wander Franco, Brendan McKay, Vidal Brujan, and Shane Baz are at the Rays alternate training site in Port Charlotte.