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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.

PROJECTED 2026 LINEUP

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 TOOLS

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

Curtis Mead (Photo By Chris Bernacchi Diamond Images Via Getty Images)

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