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.
2023 DRaysBay Community Prospect List
Tristan Peters (5 votes) beats out Evan Reifert (4 votes), Ronny Simon (3 votes), Chandler Simpson (3 votes), and Tristan Gray (1 vote) for the 29th spot.
2023 DRaysBay Community Prospect List
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RHP Sandy Gaston (6’3” 200, 21 in 2023)
Sandy Gaston was signed as a high octane arm out of Cuba a few years ago. He still maintains high velocity but command eludes him. In 54.2 innings in 2022 he struck out 30.2% of hitters but that also came with a 22.0% walk rate. The stuff is there if he can get to even a 10-12% walk rate that he can be an effective reliever. It’s just looking less likely that is a reasonable outcome.
IF Tristan Gray (6’3” 215, 27 in 2023)
Tristan Gray was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the trade for Corey Dickerson. He was deployed all over the infield with the bulk of the time picked up at SS, 3B, and 1B. He hit .225/.282/.487 and put up a 96 wrC+ in AAA. He hit 33 homers in 500 plate appearances. He does have a lot swing and miss putting up a 31.8% strikeout rate and combined with a 6.0% walk rate made it difficult to produce good on base skills.
RHP Evan Reifert (6’4” 190, 24 in 2023)
Evan Reifert was acquried from the Milwaukee Brewers for Mike Brosseau. Reifert spent most of the season at A+ before being promoted to AA in the final weeks of the season. He put up a 4.58 ERA/3.39 FIP over 37.1 innings of relief work. He struck out 62 batters (38.5%) while walking 20 batters (12.4%). He’s primarily a fastball-slider pitcher that sits in the mid 90s and can touch 98. His slider is a true put away pitch.
2B Ronny Simon (5’9” 150, 23 in 2023)
Ronny Simon has played all over the infield (2B, SS, and 3B) giving him some chance to move up the ladder due to his versatility. In 2022 his time was split between A+ and AA where he hit .260/.303/.479. Despite being undersized he has been able to show power in games with 22 homers this season. OBP is unlikely to be a strength due to a 5.9% walk rate and a 20.9% strikeout rate. He either will have to walk more or strike out less in order to become more than a utility infielder on the bench.
SS Chandler Simpson (6’2” 170, 22 in 2023)
The Rays drafted Chandler Simpson out of Georgia Tech with their competitive balance round B pick (70th overall) in the 2022 draft. In his first year at Georgia Tech after transferring from the University of Alabama - Birmingham he hit .433/.506/.517. He is a contact over power guy that posted a strong 12.9% walk rate and 6.7% strikeout rate. The lack of power could play if he can stick up the middle and make enough contact.