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2023 Tampa Bay Rays Top MLB Prospects

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Today, we unveil the Rays' 10 best prospects entering 2023, a group that includes six Top 100 Prospects with no shortage of talent behind them.

J.J. Cooper hosted a chat regarding the Rays system. You can read the transcript here.

Here's how we project their lineup in 2026, with their 2026 ages in parentheses.


Catcher: Francisco Mejia (30)
First Base: Kyle Manzardo (25)
Second Base: Wander Franco (25)
Third Base: Isaac Paredes (27)
Shortstop: Carson Williams (22)
Left Field: Randy Arozarena (31)
Center Field: Josh Lowe (28)
Right Field: Brandon Lowe (31)
Designated Hitter: Curtis Mead (25)

No. 1 Starter: Shane McClanahan (29)
No. 2 Starter: Shane Baz (26)
No. 3 Starter: Drew Rasmussen (30) 
No. 4 Starter: Taj Bradley (25)
No. 5 Starter: Mason Montgomery (25)
Closer: Luis Patiño (26)

Listed below are the prospects with the best tools within the organization. To go directly to Tampa Bay's Top 10, click here. 


Best Hitter For Average: Curtis Mead
Best Power Hitter: Junior Caminero
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Osleivis Basabe
Fastest Baserunner: Greg Jones
Best Athlete: Mason Auer
Best Fastball: Shane Baz
Best Curveball: Calvin Faucher
Best Slider: Shane Baz
Best Changeup: Austin Vernon
Best Control: Taj Bradley
Best Defensive Catcher: Rene Pinto
Best Defensive Infielder: Carson Williams
Best Infield Arm: Carson Williams
Best Defensive Outfielder: Mason Auer
Best Outfield Arm: Mason Auer


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With a strong showing in big league camp, Taj Bradley impressed the right Rays coaches—and also notable opponents.

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