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2023 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: When and How to vote!

A brief primer for our annual exercise in prospect ranking, which begins next week.

Tampa Bay Rays v Cleveland Guardians
 Jonathan Aranda #62 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field on September 29, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

Hello friends, and welcome back to the annual DRaysBay Community Prospect List vote!

This will be our 13th season hosting a community prospect vote, but our first without lead prospect writer Scott Grauer. Cheers to Scott for his many years of service leading this process!

How the voting works:

There will be a selection of players listed in the comments. To vote, respond to those with a +1 in the comment. For the best voting experience, I would recommend you filter the comment section by Oldest.

We waited a bit longer than other offseasons to begin voting, so this year Polls will be three a week — likely Monday. Wednesday, and Friday.

Please vote using whichever criteria you prefer! If you like stats, use stats. If you like scouting reports, reference those reports. There’s no one right way to do this — that’s what makes this exercise fun.

If you want to vote for a player who is not listed, there will be an “Others” comment. Reply to that comment with the name of your selection. This is incredibly rare because there will eventually be up to 10 players to choose from, but it’s possible a player you feel strongly about slipped through the cracks.

If you want to nominate a player to be included in the next poll, reply to the “Testers” comment with that player’s name. We will often limit the number of players accepted for the next poll to prevent the list from becoming cumbersome. All players in one poll who do not win the vote are automatically included in the next poll — there is no need to renominate.

Should the Rays make a trade that adds a prospect to the system, there will be a special election to determine where, if anywhere, the new player fits on the list in progress.

Should the Rays trade away a player already on the list, we just update the numbers and continue voting.

We encourage civil discussion with each vote after the “Discussion” comment. Make your case and chat about baseball with your fellow fans. That’s why you’re here, isn’t it?

Happy Holidays, Go Rays, and see you in the new year.