2013 Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 Prospects

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1. Chris Archer, rhp
2. Taylor Guerrieri, rhp
3. Hak-Ju Lee, ss
4. Alex Colome, rhp
5. Richie Shaffer, 3b
6. Enny Romero, lhp
7. Blake Snell, lhp
8. Tim Beckham, ss/2b
9. Derek Dietrich, ss/2b
10. Drew Vettleson, of


Best Hitter for Average Richie Shaffer
Best Power Hitter Todd Glaesmann
Best Strike Zone Discipline Richie Shaffer
Fastest Baserunner Andrew Toles
Best Athlete Andrew Toles
Best Fastball Jesse Hahn
Best Curveball Taylor Guerrieri
Best Slider Chris Archer
Best Changeup Parker Markel
Best Control Taylor Guerrieri
Best Defensive Catcher Mark Thomas
Best Defensive Infielder Brandon Martin
Best Infield Arm Tim Beckham
Best Defensive OF Ty Morrison
Best Outfield Arm Drew Vettleson


Catcher Mark Thomas

First Base Richie Shaffer

Second Base Tim Beckham

Third Base Evan Longoria

Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee

Left Field Mikie Mahtook

Center Field Desmond Jennings

Right Field Ben Zobrist

Designated Hitter Matt Joyce

No. 1 Starter David Price

No. 2 Starter Matt Moore

No. 3 Starter James Shields

No. 4 Starter Chris Archer

No. 5 Starter Jeremy Hellickson

Closer Taylor Guerrieri



Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Rocco Baldelli, of Out of baseball

2004 B.J. Upton, ss Rays
2005 Delmon Young, of Tigers
2006 Delmon Young, of Tigers
2007 Delmon Young, of Tigers
2008 Evan Longoria, 3b Rays
2009 David Price, lhp Rays
2010 Desmond Jennings, of Rays
2011 Jeremy Hellickson, rhp Rays
2012 Matt Moore, lhp Rays


Year Player, Pos 2011 Org
2003 Delmon Young, OF Tigers
2004 Jeff Niemann, RHP Rays
2005 Wade Townsend, RHP Out of baseball

2006 Evan Longoria, 3B Rays
2007 David Price, LHP Rays
2008 Tim Beckham, SS Rays
2009 LeVon Washington, 2B Indians
2010 Josh Sale, OF Rays
2011 Taylor Guerrieri, RHP Rays
2012 Richie Shaffer, 3B Rays


Matt White, 1996 $10,200,000
Rolando Arrojo, 1997

Tim Beckham, 2008


David Price, 2007

B.J. Upton, 2002



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Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays fell three games short of making their fourth playoff appearance in five years in 2012, but they continued to serve as the template for small-revenue team success.

Tampa Bay won 90 games despite baseball’s sixth-lowest Opening Day payroll ($64.2 million) and a string of injuries. Perennial MVP candidate Evan Longoria and incumbent closer Kyle Farnsworth each missed half the season, and Jeff Niemann made just eight starts. The Rays had as many as 10 players on the disabled list at one time.

The offense wasn’t a juggernaut to begin with and sputtered to an 11th-place finish in the American League in scoring (4.30 runs per game) with Longoria sidelined for so long. But the Rays are used to doing more with less, and they compensated with pitching and defense.

Tampa Bay led the American League in ERA (3.19) and opponent average (.229) and set an AL record for strikeouts (1,383). David Price topped the league with 20 wins and a 2.56 ERA, while Fernando Rodney took over as closer and converted 48 of 50 save opportunities while establishing a major league relief record with a 0.60 ERA.

Though the Rays continued to rank near the bottom of the major leagues in payroll, their Opening Day figure did represent a 56 percent increase from 2011. The club’s efforts still have not been reciprocated by the fan base, however. Tampa Bay ranked last in the majors in attendance at 1.6 million—an average of 19,255 per game—which commissioner Bud Selig called inexcusable.

Tropicana Field is outdated, but no progress is being made toward a new stadium, and political sparring between the cities of St. Petersburg (site of the current stadium) and Tampa hasn’t helped matters. As a result, the Rays are unlikely to keep boosting their payroll. Price is projected to set a record for second-year arbitration players with a salary approaching $10 million, and the departure of free agent B.J. Upton is all but assured.

Tampa Bay’s financial limitations mean that it will have to continue growing its own talent, but it now faces a lull in farm system production. The Rays are the only club that hasn’t graduated a single pick from the last five drafts to the majors.

After grabbing Price with the No. 1 overall pick and stealing Matt Moore in the eighth round of the 2007 draft, Tampa Bay chose infielder Tim Beckham over Buster Posey with the top overall selection in 2008. Beckham has hit just .264/.330/.379 in five minor league seasons and served a 50-game drug suspension in 2012. The Rays undermined their 2009 draft by failing to sign their top two choices, LeVon Washington and Kenny Diekroeger.

Tampa Bay’s more recent drafts show some promise, especially a 2011 crop that included a record 12 picks in the first two rounds. But with most of their best prospects currently in the lower levels of the minors, the Rays are unlikely to get much help for their big league club in the next couple of seasons.

They hope that their increased emphasis on the international front eventually will pick up some of the slack. Tampa Bay mined Venezuela heavily in 2012, signing lefthander Jose Castillo and righthander Jose Mujica for seven-figure bonuses and adding catcher David Rodriguez.

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