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2022 DRaysBay Community Prospect List No. 11

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Seth Johnson concludes the top third of the list.

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RHP Seth Johnson (6’1 200, 23 in 2022)

2021 statistics with Low-A Charleston: 93 23 IP, 2.88 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 8.3 BB%, 29.0 K%

After a couple rough starts to begin the season, Johnson had a stint in the bullpen. That turned his season around, and he returned to the rotation after a month. That growth is important because he’s still an inexperienced pitcher. The stuff — a mid-90s fastball and impressive slider — isn’t a question. He just has to continue improving his control and accumulating innings.

Johnson may not have the ceiling of pitchers like Wilcox or Bitsko, but his health plays him into the final slot of the community top 10. Johnson was a September addition, alongside Ford Proctor, to the 60-man player pool during the 2020 season.

2022 Community Prospect List

Rank Player Votes Total Percentage Last season
Rank Player Votes Total Percentage Last season
1 RHP Shane Baz 24 28 85.7% 6
2 OF Josh Lowe 16 34 47.1% 8
3 IF/OF Vidal Brujan 23 36 63.9% 3
4 RHP Taj Bradley 19 27 70.4% 26
5 IF Curtis Mead 20 28 71.4% 40
6 SS Greg Jones 17 36 47.2% 14
7 2B Xavier Edwards 9 26 34.6% 9
8 RHP Tommy Romero 11 25 44.0% NR
9 SS Carlos Colmenarez 6 23 26.1% 15
10 RHP Seth Johnson 7 23 30.4% 20
11 SS Carson Williams 16 29 55.2% NA
12 LHP Ian Seymour 12 20 60.0% 29
13 IF Jonathan Aranda 16 26 61.5% NR
14 RHP Cole Wilcox 10 23 43.5% 13
15 OF Kameron Misner 10 22 45.5% NA
16 OF Heriberto Hernandez 8 21 38.1% 12
17 SS Willy Vasquez 9 25 36.0% NR

If you have a prospect not on this list you’d like to vote for, please offer them up in the Other section of the comments.

IF Jonathan Aranda (L/R, 5’10 173, 24 in 2022)

2021 statistics with High-A Bowling Green and Double-A Montgomery: 411 PA, .330/.418/.543, 14 HR, 41 XBH, 10.2 BB%, 18.5 K%

Prior to 2021, Aranda was a decent but unremarkable performer. In 2021, he became a 40-man-roster lock with a tremendous season. He was one of the top hitters in the organization, making consistent contact with a good plate approach and showing improved power. Which position he should play remains a question, but his bat demands that he be in the lineup somewhere.

RHP JJ Goss (6’3 185, 21 in 2022)

Rehabbed with Florida Coast League Rays in 2021

Like Taj Bradley, there were reports of big strides made by Goss during the pandemic. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury kept the righty out for most of the season. Fortunately, he’s still very young. Since he was drafted with the No. 36 pick in 2019, his stuff — from his fastball velocity to secondary pitches — has improved. In a small number of innings, he’s continued to demonstrate good control.

OF Heriberto Hernandez (R/R, 6’1 195, 22 in 2022)

2021 statistics with Low-A Charleston: 320 PA, .252/.381/453, 12 HR, 27 XBH, 7/11 SB, 15.3 BB%, 28.1 K%

In his full-season debut, Hernandez continued to hit for a lot of power. He’s not huge, but his power is his best attribute. Just eyeballing the numbers, he was probably one of the organization’s top three-true-outcome players. His aggressive approach might hold him back at higher levels, but he does walk a lot. The Rays moved him out from behind the plate, and he only played outfield in 2021.

OF Kameron Misner (L/L, 6’4 218, 24 in 2022)

2021 statistics with High-A Beloit and Double-A Pensacola: 462 PA, .253/.355/.433, 12 HR, 44 XBH, 26/30 SB, 12.4 BB%, 29.4 K%

The Rays acquired Misner — a 2019 first-round pick — in the Joey Wendle trade. Despite strikeout problems, his impressive tools stand out. He has a lot of power potential, and he’s athletic too, enough that he could stick in center field despite his size. He hits the ball hard, and the Rays hope they can make some adjustments to get more consistent contact.

LHP Ian Seymour (6’0 210, 23 in 2022)

2021 statistics with Low-A Charleston, High-A Bowling Green and Triple-A Durham: 55 13 IP, 1.95 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, 8.9 BB%, 40.7 K%

Seymour posted ridiculous statistics in his abbreviated platform season at Virginia Tech, and that continued in his pro debut. His season started late, but he was impressive when he finally pitched. At the end of the season, he even made a couple spot starts in Triple A and wasn’t troubled by the competition. His changeup is his best pitch. He also throws a low-90s fastball but needs to improve his breaking ball.

SS Willy Vasquez (R/R, 6’0 191, 20 in 2022)

2021 statistics with Florida Coast League Rays: 173 PA, .288/.382/.411, 11 XBH, 14/20 SB, 11.6 BB%, 15.6 K%

Vasquez wasn’t a notable signing when the Rays got him in 2019, but he’s quickly gaining attention. He has solid tools across the board, and his performance has been good. With decent athleticism and a good arm, he could stick at shortstop, but he’s shown versatility in the field. At the plate, he has a good approach, makes contact, and has some power potential.

RHP Cole Wilcox (6’5 232, 22 in 2022)

2021 statistics with Low-A Charleston: 44 13 IP, 2.03 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 2.9 BB%, 29.9 K%

Wilcox impressed in his pro debut, but he had Tommy John surgery in September and is likely missing the entire 2022 season. When he pitched, he worked with a mid-90s fastball and plus slider. His changeup needs improvement. He showed drastically improved control from the start of his college career.

SS Carson Williams (R/R, 6’2 180, 19 in 2022)

2021 statistics with Florida Coast League Rays: 47 PA, .282/.404/.436, 5 XBH, 2/4 SB, 12.8 BB%, 27.7 K%

Williams was the Rays’ top pick in the 2021 draft, and he had a nice debut in a limited number of plate appearances. He has a nice all-around toolset, and all five tools could be average or better, led by his arm for the left side of the infield. He could stay at shortstop. If he doesn’t, his power potential would allow him to profile at other positions. He also has decent speed.