Previous winner, via Special Election...
SS Carlos Colmenarez (L/R, 5’10 175, 17 in 2021)
Signed in 2021
The Rays have bolstered efforts to strengthen their pipeline through the international market in recent years, and Colmenarez is another big investment as one of the top players in the class. He has above-average tools across the board, and his performance in games stands out. He makes consistent contact and is expected to develop some power. Defensively, he has the athleticism and arm to stick at shortstop.
Colmenarez was one of the better prospects in the double-stuffed international class this offseason, and after a special election falls into the Rays 16-20 range, edging recently acquired C Blake Hunt — a possible future everyday catcher — thanks to three voters who believed Colmenarez belonged in the top-10.
2021 Community prospect list
|1||SS Wander Franco||24||39||61.5%||1|
|2||OF Randy Arozarena||33||33||100.0%||9|
|3||IF Vidal Brujan||20||34||58.8%||3|
|4||RHP Luis Patino||Special||election||N/A|
|5||LHP Shane McClanahan||11||29||37.9%||6|
|6||RHP Shane Baz||19||28||67.9%||4|
|7||DH/LHP Brendan McKay||19||31||61.3%||2|
|8||OF Josh Lowe||9||27||33.3%||5|
|9||IF Xavier Edwards||14||34||41.2%||8|
|10||IF Taylor Walls||10||28||35.7%||15|
|11||RHP Brent Honeywell Jr.||10||27||37.0%||11|
|12||C/OF Heriberto Hernandez||Special||election||N/A|
|13||RHP Cole Wilcox||Special||election||N/A|
|14||SS Greg Jones||13||25||52.0%||12|
|15||SS Carlos Colmenarez||Special||election||N/A|
|16||C Blake Hunt||Special||election||N/A|
|17||RHP Joe Ryan||14||25||56.0%||13|
|18||LHP Josh Fleming||11||21||52.4%||26|
|19||RHP JJ Goss||8||25||32.0%||16|
|20||RHP Seth Johnson||15||25||60.0%||24|
|21||RHP Nick Bitsko||10||25||40.0%||N/A|
|22||3B Kevin Padlo||17||27||63.0%||14|
|23||SS Alejandro Pie||6||20||30.0%||31|
|24||SS Alika Williams||7||18||38.9%||N/A|
|25||IF Osleivis Basabe||6||17||35.3%||N/A|
|26||RHP Taj Bradley||5||18||27.8%||22|
|27||C Ford Proctor||5||18||27.8%||40|
|28||RHP Drew Strotman||12||20||60.0%||32|
|29||LHP Ian Seymour||6||17||35.3%||N/A|
|30||LHP John Doxakis|
|31||IF Esteban Quiroz|
|32||OF Jhon Diaz|
|33||IF Pedro Martinez|
|34||OF Nick Schnell|
|35||RHP Michael Mercado|
|36||SS Abiezel Ramirez|
|37||RP Ryan Thompson|
|38||RHP Sandy Gaston|
|39||LHP Michael Plassmeyer|
|40||IF Curtis Mead|
|41||OF Niko Hulsizer|
|42||OF Moises Gomez|
On to the candidates!
IF Osleivis Basabe (R/R 6’1 165, 21 in 2021)
2019 statistics with Arizona League Rangers and short-season Spokane: 176 PA, .323/.352/.398, 5 3B, 7 XBH, 7/9 SB, 4.5 BB%, 11.9 K%
Basabe was acquired alongside teammate Heriberto Hernandez in the trade that sent Nate Lowe to Texas. He’s a different player though. He’s a high-contact hitter who rarely strikes out. He’s also a good athlete with a good arm who can play across the infield and could play center field if necessary. Although he makes hard contact, in-game power hasn’t been there yet.
RHP Taj Bradley (6’2 190, 20 in 2021)
2019 statistics with rookie-level Princeton: 51 IP, 3.18 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 8.8 BB%, 26.5 K%
Bradley was one of the youngest players available in the 2018 draft and offers upside. His fastball is in the low-90s, and his secondary pitches are inconsistent. However, his athleticism suggests he will be able to improve. Since he signed, his curveball has already shown improvement. Baseball America’s report last year lauds his coachability ($).
OF Jhon Diaz (L/L, 5’11 160, 18 in 2021)
Signed in 2019
Diaz was the Rays’ top signing in the last international period, and he was ranked No. 18 in the class by MLB.com. 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.
RHP Sandy Gaston (6’3 200, 19 in 2021)
2019 statistics with Gulf Coast League Rays: 27 IP, 6.00 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, 20.9 BB%, 24.0 K%
Thanks to his great velocity, Gaston was able to earn a $2.61 million bonus from the Rays. He’s been able to touch triple digits for a couple years now, but the rest of his game needs significant refinement. He could cut his walk rate in half, and it may still be too high. He also throws a curveball and changeup.
SS Alejandro Pie (R/R, 6’4 175, 19 in 2021)
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.
IF Esteban Quiroz (L/R, 5’6 199, 29 in 2021)
2019 statistics with Triple-A El Paso: 366 PA, .271/.384/.539, 19 HR, 44 XBH, 14.2 BB%, 22.4 K%
Quiroz was acquired in the trade that sent Tommy Pham to San Diego. He’s not very big, but he’s hit for a lot of power in affiliated ball — 26 homers and 57 extra-base hits in 128 games since the Red Sox signed him prior to the 2018 season. He gets on base with a good walk rate. He’s played a few different positions, but it will be his bat that carries him.
LHP Ian Seymour (6’0 210, 22 in 2021)
Drafted in 2020
Seymour was comically good for Virginia Tech before the pandemic shut the season down. He struck out more than half the batters he faced in 20 1⁄3 innings, even though he doesn’t have dominant stuff. His fastball is average, but his changeup is potentially plus. His slider needs improvement. He also showed growth in his walk rate throughout his collegiate career.
SS Alika Williams (R/R, 6’2 180, 22 in 2021)
Drafted in 2020
Williams was one of the top defensive infielders in the draft, and sticking at shortstop shouldn’t be an issue. On a team with the best college baseball players in the country, Baseball America ranked him as the No. 8 prospect (BA $), noting he had surprising success at the plate. He walked more than he struck out at Arizona State, but the pop he showed with Team USA was unexpected.