RHP Santiago Suarez (6’2” 175, 18 in 2023)
The Rays acquired Santiago Suarez in the trade that sent Xavier Edwards to the Miami Marlins earlier this winter. Suarez showed command in the Dominican Summer League posting a 2.31 ERA/2.89 FIP while posting a 24.8% strikeout rate and 3.9% walk rate. Should see his first action stateside this year likely in the Gulf Coast League.
2023 DRaysBay Community Prospect List
Santiago Suarez (9 votes) out paced Greg Jones (8 votes) for the 23rd spot. Austin Vernon (2 votes), Ryan Cermak (1 vote), and Tristan Peters (1 votes) also received votes.
2023 DRaysBay Community Prospect List
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OF Ryan Cermak (6’1” 205, 22 in 2023)
Ryan Cermak was the Rays second round selection in the 2022 draft out of Illinois State. He posted a .301/.386/.600 line during his college career. He has significant swing and miss, but does hit for power. Has the required speed and arm strength to be a plus defender in a corner or potentially fake it in center if needed.
SS/OF Greg Jones (5’11” 175, 25 in 2023)
Greg Jones was the Rays first round selection out of the University of North Carolina - Wilmington in 2019. Jones struggled with his promotion to AA last year putting up a .238/.318/.392 line and 88 wRC+. His strikeout rate surged to 35.8% while his walk rate fell to 7.5%. He did steal 37 bags while being caught five times. Many expect his ultimate defensive home is likely in centerfield where his elite speed will play better.
2B/3B Cooper Kinney (6’3” 200, 20 in 2023)
Cooper Kinney was the Rays competitive round A draft pick (34th overall) in the 2021 draft out of high school. Unfortunately Kinney missed the entire 2022 season after tearing his labrum during spring workouts. He’s a hit over game power hitter for the time being but has shown raw power in batting practice.
OF Tristan Peters (6’0” 180, 23 in 2023)
Tristan Peters was acquired for the Rays in a trade with the San Fransisco Giants on rule 5 draft deadline day for Brett Wisely. Peters had a solid start to the season in the Milwaukee Brewers system hitting .306/.386/.485 and putting up a 141 wRC+ in A+. After the trade to the Giants he struggled when promoted to AA hitting .212/.302/.303 and putting up a 71 wRC+. He draws more than his fair share of walks (10%+) while limiting his strikeouts (below 20%). There isn’t expected to be much power in his profile but he does show a strong hit tool.
RHP Austin Vernon (6’8” 256, 24 in 2023)
Austin Vernon was the Rays tenth round pick out of North Carolina Central University in 2021. He sits in the mid 90s and has a four pitch mix including a slider, curveball, and changeup as a reliever. He threw 78.2 innings split between A and A+ ball in 2022. He struck out 35.6% of batters faced while walking 12.8%.