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  1. 1. Shane Baz | RHP
    Shane Baz
    Born: Jun 17, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Tomball, Texas, 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: Wayne Mathis (Pirates).
    Minors: 5-4 | 2.06 ERA | 113 SO | 13 BB | 79 IP

    Fastball: 70. Slider: 70. Curveball: 40. Changeup: 45. Control: 40.
    Track Record: The Rays getting Austin Meadows and Tyler Glasnow from the Pirates for Chris Archer is a heist of a trade, but the fact that they also acquired Baz as the player to be named seems like piling on. Baz, the 12th overall pick in the 2017 draft, had a solid Rays organizational debut in 2019 before struggling in the Arizona Fall League. He spent 2020 at the Rays' alternate training site.

    Scouting Report: Much like Glasnow, Baz has responded well to the Rays' tweaks to his approach. He's now pumping upper-90s, high-spin, four-seam fastballs up in the strike zone and pairing them with a dastardly plus-plus 84-87 mph slider with tight, two-plane break. Everything else is still a work in progress. Baz's tempo in his delivery is too energetic and his lower half isn't always in sync with his arm, leading to below-average command and control. His fringe-average changeup improved at the alternate training site, but still has further to go. His curveball has become less of a factor every year.

    The Future: Many scouts are confident Baz will wind up in the bullpen as a potentially dominant reliever. The Rays still see a path for him to be a starter, noting he's still quite young and has continued to improve his control. .

  2. 2. Vidal Brujan | 2B
    Vidal Brujan
    Born: Feb 9, 1998
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2014.
    Signed By: Danny Santana.
    Minors: .263/.347/.438 | 11 HR | 43 SB | 372 AB

    Hitting: 60. Power: 40. Speed: 80. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50.
    Track Record: The Rays spent big on the 2014 international class, including signing No. 1 prospect Adrian Rondon for $2.95 million. But Brujan, a $15,000 signing, looks like the best of the group. He quickly outpaced Rondon and finished the 2019 season at Double-A Montgomery. The Rays brought him to their alternate training site in 2020, then added him to their postseason taxi squad.

    Scouting Report: The speedy Brujan is a throwback to when leadoff hitters got on base and immediately stole second. He's stolen 151 bases in five minor league seasons, including 48 in 2019. A switch-hitter, Brujan is hard to strike out with his excellent bat control and has sneaky power from the left side. His righthanded swing doesn't have much power. Brujan is a versatile defender who moved from shortstop to second base when he signed but looked capable when the Rays played him at short again in 2019. He has just enough arm for the position, but his accuracy has to improve and he tends to rush in his throws. He got some work in center field at the alternate site and could be a rangy center fielder with his elite speed.

    The Future: The Rays have a crowded infield situation, but Brujan's hitting ability, speed and athleticism should get him to the majors in due time.

  3. 3. Xavier Edwards | 2B
    Xavier Edwards
    Born: Aug 9, 1999
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Coconut Creek, Fla., 2018 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Brian Cruz (Padres).
    Minors: .302/.377/.368 | 0 HR | 19 SB | 291 AB

    Hitting: 60. Power: 30. Speed: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 45.
    Track Record: Drafted 38th overall by the Padres in 2018, Edwards hit .322 and finished tied for third in the minors in hits in his first full season. The Rays acquired him with Hunter Renfroe in the trade that sent Tommy Pham and Jake Cronenworth to San Diego. The Rays sent Edwards to their alternate training site in mid August, where he joined the organization's collection of middle infielders with excellent bat-to-ball skills.

    Scouting Report: Like White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal, Edwards is a smallish second baseman who rarely strikes out, consistently puts the barrel on the ball and can run with plus speed. But also like Madrigal, the switch-hitting Edwards' plus hitting ability is tempered by concerns about his lack of power. Edwards has gotten a little stronger and will post 100 mph exit velocities on his hardest hits, but he still hits more balls in front of outfielders than in the gaps. He's a patient hitter with nearly as many walks (75) as strikeouts in his career (79), so he may get on base enough to make up for his lack of slugging. He's an efficient basestealer and reliable defender, although his fringy arm is stretched at shortstop.

    The Future: Edwards fits the Rays' desire for athletic, multi-positional players. He projects as a table-setter who's contact and speed-based game is a throwback to earlier eras.

  4. 4. Josh Lowe | OF
    Josh Lowe
    Born: Feb 2, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Marietta, Ga., 2016 (1st round).
    Signed By: Milt Hill.
    Minors: .291/.380/.538 | 21 HR | 26 SB | 385 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The younger brother of first baseman Nate Lowe, whom Tampa Bay traded to the Rangers in December, Josh was a first-round pick out of high school as a two-way third baseman/righthander. The Rays moved him to the outfield after his first pro season, reasoning that his speed was a better fit in center. Lowe was supposed to miss time in 2020 as he recovered from shoulder surgery, but the delayed start meant he was ready for the alternate training site. The Rays added him to their 40-man roster after the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Lowe is a big league-ready center fielder. He is a plus defender with plus speed, and his plus arm fits in right field as well. Lowe's athleticism and defense should get him to the majors, but his bat is what could hold him back from a significant role. He's a fringe-average hitter with swing-andmiss and timing issues. His swing is a little grooved. He has struggled to handle pitchers who can locate up-and-in, as he prefers to get his long arms extended. Pitchers who do stay away can find that his average power gives him the ability to line balls the other way, and he yanks balls down-and-in over the fence.

    THE FUTURE: Lowe should be at least a fourth outfielder, but unlike most potential fourth outfielders, he has impact potential. With three plus tools on his scouting report, Lowe could be a star if he takes a big step forward at the plate, but that's a big ask for any hitter.

  5. 5. Carlos Colmenarez | SS
    Carlos Colmenarez
    Born: Nov 15, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2021.

    TRACK RECORD: For some scouts, Colmenarez was the best player in the 2020-21 international signing class. He's a well-rounded player who has the unusual mix of explosiveness and great tools combined with easy actions on both sides of the ball at a premium position.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Colmenarez has a pretty lefthanded swing that's compact, efficient and stays through the hitting zone for a long time, helping him make frequent contact and drive the ball to all fields. It's a calm, easy swing with good rhythm and balance. He has generally performed well in games, though there are times when he could benefit from tighter plate discipline. Even though Colmenarez is not that big (5-foot-10, 175 pounds), he's strong for his size with above-average bat speed, leading to above-average raw power. He has toyed around with hitting from the right side, which might be an option, but just from the left side he could develop into a plus hitter with plus power. An average runner, Colmenarez projects to stick at shortstop. He's a smooth defender with a quick first step, good lateral agility, footwork and body control. He has soft, quick hands, exchanging the ball swiftly to an arm that earns plus to plus-plus grades.

    THE FUTURE: Like everyone else in the 2020-21 signing class, Colmenarez has yet to play a game in pro ball yet, but he has all the attributes in place to develop into an impact player.

  6. 6. Taj Bradley | RHP
    Taj Bradley
    Born: Mar 20, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Stone Mountain, Ga., 2018 (5th round).
    Signed By: Milt Hill.
    Minors: 12-3 | 1.83 ERA | 123 SO | 31 BB | 104 IP

    TRACK RECORD: The Rays take a patient approach with high school pitchers. They had even more reason to do so with Bradley, since he was young for his draft class. Instead of getting his first shot at full-season ball in 2020, his third pro season, Bradley instead had to wait for instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Bradley was primarily an outfielder for most of his time in high school, and now that he's focused on pitching, his velocity has steadily climbed. He sat in the low 90s in his draft year and ticked that up to 92-94 mph in 2019. In shorter stints at instructs in 2020 he sat 94-97 mph on his best days. His plus fastball has some life, giving it swing-and-miss potential. His breaking ball keeps getting tighter. His breaking ball and his changeup are average at best, but he knows how to spot them, and he reads swings well. Bradley's intelligence and feel give him a solid chance to continue to get better.

    THE FUTURE: Bradley's lack of a plus secondary pitch makes it hard to project him as more than a No. 4 starter. For someone who has come far in a short time, he may continue to exceed projection.

  7. 7. Taylor Walls | SS
    Taylor Walls
    Born: Jul 10, 1996
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Florida State, 2017 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Brett Foley.
    Minors: .253/.397/.462 | 8 HR | 10 SB | 158 AB

    TRACK RECORD: A three-year starter at Florida State, Walls has managed to carve a path for himself despite the overflow of middle infielders in the Rays' system. Even in a system with so many options, Walls has managed to establish himself as the club's best defensive shortstop, with enough bat to be a potential major league regular.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Walls is a plus defender at shortstop whose steady reliability and sticky hands are matched by above-average range and an above-average, accurate arm. Walls manages to slow the game down with an excellent internal clock. Walls can play other infield spots, but the Rays haven't had him work much at second or third because he's so reliable at short. Offensively, Walls is more likely a bottomof-the-order hitter than someone who tops a lineup. He's a switch-hitter who is comfortable against lefthanders and righthanders. Walls is an average hitter with below-average power. He's best as a pest whose bat control makes it hard for pitchers to strike him out. His above-average speed is a useful bonus.

    THE FUTURE: Where Walls fits on the Rays' roster is hard to decipher, but the more scouts from other teams have seen him, the more convinced they are that he'll be a starting shortstop. The question is whether it will be with the Rays or with another club after a trade.

  8. 8. Greg Jones | SS
    Greg Jones
    Born: Mar 7, 1998
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: UNC Wilmington, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Joe Hastings.
    Minors: .270/.366/.482 | 14 HR | 34 SB | 274 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Jones was considered one of the more intriguing prospects of the 2017 high school class thanks to his speed, switch-hitting ability and his glove at shortstop. He made it to UNC Wilmington and followed up a mediocre freshman year and strikeout-filled Cape Cod League appearance with an excellent sophomore season (.341/.491/.543) that carried over into his pro debut.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Jones had an inconsistent summer as a late addition to the Rays' alternate training site and sat out much of instructional league with a minor knee injury. He has a discerning eye at the plate with a level swing and adequate hand-eye coordination. He coils into his back leg before exploding out of a compact stance with above-average bat speed. Jones could develop into a high on-base percentage table-setter with gap power that gives him a chance to hit 12-15 home runs a year. Once he gets on base, his plus-plus speed makes him a weapon on the basepaths. Defensively, his range, body control and plus arm are a fit at shortstop, but his hands need to get softer. Jones was limited at shortstop in 2019 because he had a sore shoulder early in his final college season. His arm bounced back in 2020. He showed plus arm strength and better accuracy. Center field is a viable backup plan.

    THE FUTURE: The pandemic means Jones will get his first full-season at-bat as a 23-year-old. He's seven months older than Juan Soto. Jones' athleticism is exciting, but he needs to make up for lost time.

  9. 9. Cole Wilcox | RHP
    Cole Wilcox
    Born: Jul 14, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 232
    Drafted/Signed: Georgia, 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Tyler Stubblefield. (Padres)
    Minors: 1-0 | 2.03 ERA | 52 SO | 5 BB | 45 IP

    Fastball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 45.

    TRACK RECORD: Scouts viewed Wilcox as a potential first-round talent out of high school, but his strong commitment to Georgia deterred teams from picking him early. After struggling with his control as a Bulldogs freshman, Wilcox went 3-0, 1.57 with 32 strikeouts and two walks in four starts as a drafteligible sophomore before the college season shut down in 2020. He dropped to the third round because teams were wary of his bonus demands, but the Padres stopped his slide and signed him for a third round-record $3.3 million. The Rays acquired him in the trade that sent Blake Snell to San Diego after the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Wilcox is a big, physical righthander at 6-foot-5, 232 pounds with stuff to match his size. His fastball ranges from 93-97 mph with natural sink and run and touched 99 in short bursts at the alternate training site. His slider is a powerful offering at 86-89 mph with short, three-quarters break and projects to above-average when he stays on top of it. His hard changeup mirrors his fastball and dives with heavy sink at 85-87 mph. Wilcox has the physicality and durability to start, but he lacks a soft offering and his control can be inconsistent. As such, many observers predict a bullpen future.

    THE FUTURE: The Padres will give Wilcox every chance to start. How his command and control progress will determine his ultimate role.

  10. 10. Carson Williams | SS
    Carson Williams
    Born: Jun 25, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Minors: .282/.404/.436 | 0 HR | 2 SB | 39 AB

    Williams won MVP of the WWBA Championships last fall and entered the spring as one of the top two-way players in the class. Most teams initially preferred him as a pitcher, but he added 10-15 pounds and began showing significantly increased power this spring to become one of the draft's biggest risers as a position player. Williams now flashes above-average-to-plus raw power and shows the ability to get to it in games. He hit towering home runs that scraped the top of the trees beyond the left-field fence at his home stadium this spring, and even balls he mis-hit went out to his pull side. He has the ability to drive balls the other way for extra-base hits and frequently delivers in clutch situations. While Williams' performance was loud, evaluators are divided on how much he will hit as a pro. Some see a potentially above-average hitter with plus power, but others are skeptical and see a grooved swing without a lot of adjustability and think he'll struggle with a wood bat. Defensively, Williams is a good athlete with a polished glove and the plus arm strength to stay on the left side of the infield. He has a chance to stick at shortstop and be an average defender, but most project him to move to third base as he gets bigger. Williams sits 92-95 mph on the mound and has a short, biting slider that gets swings and misses to give him a fallback as a pitcher if his bat stalls.

  11. 11. Brendan McKay | LHP
    Brendan McKay
    Born: Dec 18, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 212
    Drafted/Signed: Louisville, 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: James Bonnici.
    Minors: 0-2 | 7.82 ERA | 13 SO | 5 BB | 13 IP

    Fastball: 60. Cutter: 55. Curveball: 50. Changeup: 50. Control: 60.
    Track Record: McKay was a two-way star at Louisville and won the Golden Spikes Award in 2017. The Rays drafted him fourth overall that year and signed him for just over $7 million. McKay raced to the major leagues, debuting in 2019 and pitching 49 innings and hitting his first career home run. He was expected to be a part of the Rays' plans in 2020, but he was delayed by a positive coronavirus test and then had season-ending shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in August.

    Scouting Report: While McKay's power in the batter's box is intriguing, the Rays have shifted his focus to pitching exclusively. McKay's control and command have always been his biggest calling card. He locates all four of his pitches for strikes, helping them play up beyond their raw qualities. McKay's 92-95 mph fastball was his best pitch in the minors, though it was less effective in the majors with its modest movement. His above-average 87-89 mph cutter avoids barrels as his main secondary. His curveball is an average offering and he busts out his average mid-80s changeup against righties. McKay struggled to put away hitters in his first big league stint, and now must see what his stuff looks like post-surgery.

    The Future: Shoulder injuries have a lower success rate for full return than elbow injuries, and McKay's future outlook is muddied by his shoulder surgery. The Rays hope he'll be ready in the spring.

  12. 12. Curtis Mead | 3B
    Curtis Mead
    Born: Oct 26, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 171
    Minors: .321/.378/.533 | 15 HR | 11 SB | 411 AB

    The Rays have had several breakout prospects in 2021, but Mead has taken the most significant leap forward. Mead left July as the minors' leader in batting average (.356). He hits the ball extremely hard and does so regularly—only Wander Franco has a better hard-hit consistency rate among Rays' minor leaguers. There are doubts of whether he can remain at third base. His range is fringe-average at best and his throwing motion is funky.

  13. 13. Nick Bitsko | RHP
    Nick Bitsko
    Born: Jun 16, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 225
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Doylestown, Pa., 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Zach Clark.

    Fastball: 70. Curveball: 60. Changeup: 40. Control: 45
    Track Record: Bitsko reclassified from the 2021 draft to 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic canceled his high school season before he got to throw a pitch. Teams scouted him exclusively off his bullpen sessions, and the Rays saw enough to draft him No. 24 overall and sign him for an above-slot $3 million to forgo a Virginia commitment. With the canceled season, Bitsko threw just 33 innings in his high school career.

    Scouting Report: Bitsko has the traits of a major league starter with a physical 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame and a clean delivery. His fastball sits 92-96 mph and touches 98, and he pairs it with a hard, high-spin downer curveball that's been up to 2,500 revolutions per minute. Both project to be plus or better pitches. Bitsko has shown a feel for a changeup, but it's sometimes a little firm and lacks deception. He throws everything out of a high three-quarters release point which allows him to work up and down the strike zone.

    The Future: Bitsko is very young and will take time, but he has the building blocks to be a mid-rotation starter. If he makes it to low Class A in 2021, he would be the first Rays high school pitcher in the last decade to see full-season ball in his first full season. .

  14. 14. JJ Goss | RHP
    JJ Goss
    Born: Dec 25, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Houston, 2019 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Pat Murphy.
    Minors: 1-0 | 6.10 ERA | 12 SO | 0 BB | 11 IP

    Fastball: 55. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 55
    Track Record: Goss entered 2019 as the No. 2 starter on Houston's Cypress Ranch High team, behind Matthew Thompson. He graduated to co-ace after a strong senior season as his stuff ticked up. At pick No. 36, Goss was drafted nine spots earlier than Thompson, but Thompson's $2.1 million bonus edged out Goss' $2,042,900.

    Scouting Report: Goss showed at instructional league that his stuff is only continuing to get better. His above-average 90-96 mph fastball in high school was sitting 92-95 and touching higher in instructs. He has solid feel and a steady maturity on the mound. His hard high-80s slider is average now and with his feel for spin it should eventually at least be above-average. His changeup isn't as consistent and needs to add either a little more action or a little more separation but he has feel and comfort with it and it should continue to improve. Goss' body has room to fill out further, which gives hope for further projection.

    The Future: Goss' stuff is already major league-caliber, and it should just continue to get better. His delivery, knack for pitching and composure make him a safer bet to remain a starter than most young arms. He has potential to be a mid-rotation starter. He should be ready for full-season ball in 2021.

  15. 15. Blake Hunt | C
    Blake Hunt
    Born: Nov 21, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Santa Ana, Calif., 2017 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Nick Long.
    Minors: .205/.288/.375 | 9 HR | 1 SB | 283 AB

    Hitting: 45. Power: 50. Running: 40. Fielding: 60. Arm: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Hunt failed to make the Area Code Games as a rising high school senior and used it as motivation to get stronger. The added strength and power made him one of the fastest risers in the 2017 draft, and the Padres selected him 69th overall and signed him for an above-slot $1.6 million. Hunt stood out as one of the top defensive catchers in the low Class A Midwest League in his full-season debut in 2019. The Padres made him a late addition to their alternate training site in 2020. The Rays acquired him in the trade that sent Blake Snell to San Diego after the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Hunt's strength is his defense. Though tall for a catcher at nearly 6-foot-5, he moves well behind the plate, is a plus receiver and pitch framer and has the intelligence and work ethic to lead a pitching staff. He controls the run game with an above-average, accurate arm. Hunt has good timing at the plate and stays in the strike zone, but his upper-body, handsy swing limits his impact. He has the size to project 15-20 home runs once he adds more strength and learns to incorporate his lower half.

    THE FUTURE: Hunt projects to be a defensively-minded catcher who starts in his peak years. He'll see high Class A in 2021.

  16. 16. Cooper Kinney | 2B
    Cooper Kinney
    Born: Jan 27, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .286/.468/.371 | 0 HR | 2 SB | 35 AB

    Kinney is an offensive-oriented prep infielder with a strong, 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame and a lefthanded swing that scouts love. The hit tool and power projection are what evaluators are buying with Kinney, and he has a chance to be an above-average hitter with above-average power. However, he's likely to be a bit of a split-camp player with a wider range of opinions given his lack of supplemental tools and the fact that he's probably a better fit for second or third base in the long run. A team that drafts the South Carolina commit in a signable range will be one that is heavily convicted in his hit tool—and those teams are certainly out there. Kinney is more hit over power at the moment, with solid bat-to-ball skills and a fairly clean and fluid bat path out of a slightly crouched setup. He has shown the power to drive balls out to left-center field, and the scouts who really like him think he'll be able to grow into plus power when he's more physically mature. Kinney is a below-average runner and fringy defender, so there's going to be plenty of pressure on his bat to perform and because of that some teams would prefer he proves it against SEC pitching, but others see him as a top-50 player in the class and want to get his bat into pro ball right away. Kinney's father, Mike, is the head baseball coach at his high school.

  17. 17. Seth Johnson | RHP
    Seth Johnson
    Born: Sep 19, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Campbell, 2019 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Joe Hastings.
    Minors: 6-6 | 2.88 ERA | 115 SO | 33 BB | 94 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Losing the 2020 season may be a little more costly for Johnson than most prospects because he's still just getting started on his pitching career. Primarily a shortstop at Louisburg (N.C.) JC, he turned himself into a top 50 draft prospect when he moved to the mound for his junior year at Campbell. Johnson has just 89 innings of experience between college and pro ball.

    SCOUTING REPORT: While he didn't play in an official game in 2020, Johnson didn't let the layoff go to waste. He attacked his throwing program with intensity and added some good weight. He showed up at instructional league with a plus mid-90s fastball that can now touch 99 mph with late run and a sharp, above-average slider with high spin at 2,700 to 2,800 revolutions per minute. Johnson also has worked on a fringe-average curveball, and his average changeup has modest fading action. Johnson is athletic and has impressed with his ability to quickly improve as a pitcher. His arm works well as part of a clean delivery, and his control and command are quickly getting to average with a chance to eventually be better than that.

    THE FUTURE: Johnson just needs to wrack up the innings he hasn't been able to log yet. His present fastball/slider combo gives him a backup plan as a reliever, but his four-pitch assortment gives him a shot to be a mid-rotation starter.

  18. 18. Tommy Romero | RHP
    Tommy Romero
    Born: Jul 8, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 225
    Minors: 7-2 | 2.73 ERA | 139 SO | 30 BB | 106 IP
  19. 19. Alika Williams | SS
    Alika Williams
    Born: Mar 12, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Arizona State, 2020 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: David Hamlett.
    Minors: .267/.312/.375 | 5 HR | 6 SB | 307 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Williams is the highest drafted Arizona State shortstop since Deven Marrero was a firstrounder in 2012. Marrero is an interesting analogue for Williams. Like Marrero, Williams is considered an excellent defensive shortstop who faced questions about his bat. He hit .300/.383/.400 for his Sun Devils career.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Williams makes the shortstop position look easy because he is a fluid athlete who has such smooth actions. He's rangy with an excellent first step. His ability to be at least an above-average glove at shortstop and possibly plus is why he was a top-40 pick despite persistent questions about his bat. Williams puts the bat on the ball, but he just doesn't frighten pitchers. His contact ability makes him a bottom-of-the-order hitter who isn't a complete nothing offensively, but he projects as a below-average hitter with well below-average power.

    THE FUTURE: The Rays love to collect athletic up-the-middle defenders with contact ability. If they can unlock a little more in Williams' bat, he's a future big league regular. If not, his glove still could pave a way to a role.

  20. 20. Brent Honeywell | RHP
    Brent Honeywell
    Born: Mar 31, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Walters State (Tenn.) JC, 2014 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Brian Hickman.
    Minors: 5-4 | 3.97 ERA | 67 SO | 24 BB | 82 IP

    TRACK RECORD: If Honeywell's career had gone as planned, he would be arbitration eligible by now. Instead he ranks as a Rays Top 30 Prospect for the seventh time. Right before he was expected to join the Rays' rotation in 2018 he blew out his elbow. He fractured his repaired elbow in 2019. Then he had a further surgery in May 2020 to remove scar tissue that was compressing his ulnar nerve in that elbow. But he returned to the mound at the alternate training site, was added to the Rays' taxi squad for the playoffs and came close to making his big league debut.

    SCOUTING REPORT: As hard as it may be to believe, Honeywell's stuff has returned to close to where it was before he missed three consecutive seasons. His average fastball is now more 91-93 mph rather than the 94-96 he flashed before his string of injuries, but his plus screwball and plus changeup are very close to what they were before. So too is his above-average mid-80s cutter. His command and control were not back yet to average in 2020.

    THE FUTURE: Honeywell was able to get back to 90% of where he was pre-injury in an abbreviated 2020. If that's where he ends up, he will be a useful big league starter and could help the Rays in 2021. If he finds a little more as he puts distance between his last surgery, he could somehow still be a mid-rotation starter, though his durability is a significant question.

  21. 21. Osleivis Basabe | SS
    Osleivis Basabe
    Born: Sep 13, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 165
    Signed By: Carlos Plaza/Rafic Saab.
    Minors: .282/.347/.388 | 3 HR | 18 SB | 294 AB

    If you're looking for the next player in the endless wave of Rays middle infielders who are pests to pitchers because of bat-to-ball skills, focus on Basabe. His statistics so far aren't sensational, but he puts together excellent at-bats and should develop more power as he matures.

  22. 22. Austin Shenton | 3B
    Austin Shenton
    Born: Jan 22, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Florida International, 2019 (5th round).
    Signed By: Dan Rovetto.
    Minors: .295/.398/.549 | 14 HR | 1 SB | 315 AB

    TRACK RECORD: After hitting .337 in his career at Florida International, Shenton made it to low Class A shortly after being drafted and asserted himself as one of the more advanced hitters in the Seattle organization. He got plenty of at-bats at the alternate training site in 2020, and was in the midst of a strong start to the 2021 season before being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in a deal involved reliever Diego Castillo.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Shenton is an advanced hitter with emerging power. His advanced pitch recognition allows him to control the strike zone and consistently barrel balls to all fields. He showed more pull-side power at the alternate site and should have average pop with more experience. While there are few questions about his bat, where Shenton plays defensively is still to be determined. He's not particularly athletic and is a below-average defender at third base with an average arm. Shenton is a hard worker and has outstanding makeup, so it's not out of the question that he can continue to improve his defense enough to be adequate. His most likely role will have him moving around the infield and outfield corners.

    THE FUTURE: Shenton will get plenty of chances to prove his bat can make up for his defensive shortcomings. He has a chance to see the upper levels of the minors in 2021.

  23. 23. Jacob Lopez | RHP
    Jacob Lopez
    Born: Mar 11, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Minors: 3-1 | 2.41 ERA | 96 SO | 18 BB | 60 IP

    Lopez used the 2020 layoff to get into better shape and his stuff has improved because of that. He's repeating his delivery well and dominated High-A to recently earn a promotion to Double-A Montgomery.

  24. 24. Tobias Myers | RHP
    Tobias Myers
    Born: Aug 5, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 193
    Minors: 8-7 | 4.09 ERA | 143 SO | 25 BB | 113 IP

    Myers' impeccable plus control is now combined with improved stuff. He's improved his body and regained the 93-95 mph fastball velocity he had early in his pro career. He recently earned a promotion to Triple-A Durham.

  25. 25. Ryan Spikes | SS
    Ryan Spikes
    Born: Mar 13, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'0" Wt.: 185
    Minors: .250/.362/.400 | 1 HR | 4 SB | 40 AB

    Parkview High in Lilburn, Ga., has been one of the best high school programs in the country over the last few decades and seems to consistently produce high-level players. The program is responsible for top-50 picks Jeff Francoeur (2002), Matt Olson (2012) and Josh Hart (2013) in addition to a number of other draftees. Spikes is the latest of a long tradition at the program and while he's only listed at 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, he has an exciting tool set. He has a compact swing that suits his compact build, with impressive contact ability and more power than you would expect. Teams were impressed with the exit velocities he produced at various events throughout the summer, so even if he's not a huge home run hitter, he should run into plenty of extra-base hits in the gaps. He has solid plate coverage at the dish and a line-drive stroke that suits him well now. Previously, scouts were a bit skeptical of his run tool, but he's progressed in that area and has shown consistent above-average running ability, with plus speed underway. Some scouts think he might be better served to move to second base, but he has above-average arm strength to stick on the left side of the infield and middle infield actions with a quick exchange around the bag.

  26. 26. Louis Head | RHP
    Louis Head
    Born: Apr 23, 1990
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Minors: 0-0 | 2.20 ERA | 37 SO | 10 BB | 29 IP

    Signed as a minor league free agent, Head had already been released once and had never pitched in the majors in nine years in the minors. Head has proven to be yet another find for the Rays' scouting department. He's a run-of-the-mill fastball/slider reliever, but with options that give the Rays bullpen flexibility, he's a valued part of the Rays' multi-headed bullpen.

  27. 27. Miles Mastrobuoni | UTL
    Miles Mastrobuoni
    Born: Oct 31, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 175
    Minors: .301/.383/.432 | 5 HR | 8 SB | 375 AB

    Mastrobuoni has played more than five games at five different positions this year (SS, 2B, 3B, CF, RF) and has played another three in left field. In reality he's only fit to be an emergency shortstop in the majors, but his ability to play almost anywhere (helped by a plus arm), along with his ability to square up velocity make him a scout's favorite as a player who does a lot of different things well.

  28. 28. Jonathan Aranda | 3B
    Jonathan Aranda
    Born: May 23, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 173
    Minors: .330/.418/.543 | 14 HR | 5 SB | 348 AB

    Yet another bat-first infielder with some defensive questions, Aranda has played every spot around the infield, but he is stretched anywhere other than first thanks to fringy range. His bat could clear a path anyway. He has bat speed, developing power and hand-eye coordination.

  29. 29. Ruben Cardenas | OF
    Ruben Cardenas
    Born: Oct 10, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Minors: .292/.333/.523 | 25 HR | 6 SB | 407 AB

    Cardenas is another low-key Rays trade acquisition who has emerged with a big offensive breakout, hitting 13 home runs in his only full season of work in the minors before this year. Now he's hit 21 home runs with more than a month left in the season. He's got a hard profile to fit on an MLB roster, as he's really best in left field only and despite his big power numbers this year, there are concerns he's got more average than above-average productive power. But the Rays figure out how to get the most from players and their roster, and Cardenas can hit for average with some power.

  30. 30. Heriberto Hernandez | C
    Heriberto Hernandez
    Born: Dec 16, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.
    Signed By: Willy Espinal (Rangers).
    Minors: .252/.381/.453 | 12 HR | 7 SB | 254 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Hernandez signed for $10,000 during the 2017 international signing period and quickly emerged as a potential bargain. He finished second in the Dominican Summer League in home runs (12) and OPS (1.099) in his pro debut in 2018 and kept it up by ranking tied for second in home runs (11) and third in OPS in the Rookie-level Arizona League (1.079) the following year. He was set to make his full-season debut in 2020, but instead he took a step back without the structure professional baseball provided. The Rays acquired him from the Rangers in December in the deal that sent Nate Lowe to Texas.

    SCOUTING REPORT: The Rangers brought Hernandez to their alternate training site during the summer and found a player who had lost strength and weight. He didn't have access to quality facilities in the Dominican Republic, where he spent the shutdown, and wasn't back to where he should have been until the end of instructs. When he's right, Hernandez has plus power on par with anyone in the Rays' system. He has trouble recognizing pitches and needs work on his hit tool, but the power comes naturally. Hernandez generates force through proper sequencing, quick hands, good extension and good bat speed. Hernandez signed as a catcher, but he's exclusively a first baseman and left fielder now.

    THE FUTURE: Hernandez will begin at low Class A in 2021. As long as he's hitting homers, he will keep rising.

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