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  1. 1. Willy Adames | SS
    Willy Adames
    Born: Sep 2, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Aldo Perez/Ramon Perez/Miguel Garcia (Tigers)
    Minors: .286/.353/.412 | 4 HR | 3 SB | 245 AB

    Adames was the gem of the trade that shipped lefthander David Price from Tampa Bay to Detroit, and this season he’s begun paying off on the Rays’ investment. He homered off of Chris Sale in his first major league game—up from Triple-A to fill in for Joey Wendle—before coming up for a longer stint a few weeks later. He’s got the tools to be a major league shortstop but needs to cull the silly mistakes from his game. Adames has well above-average bat speed and the feel to hit for both average and power at his peak. He could be an all-star in the coming years.

  2. 2. Brent Honeywell | RHP
    Brent Honeywell
    Born: Mar 31, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Drafted: JC, 2014 (2nd round supp)
    Signed By: Brian Hickman

    Honeywell is one of the most promising pitching prospects in the minors, but the Rays will have to wait a little longer to unleash his array of plus or better pitches on the world. The righthander blew out his elbow in spring training and will miss the entire 2018 season.

  3. 3. Wander Franco | SS
    Wander Franco
    Born: Mar 1, 2001
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 189
    Drafted: Dominican Republic, 2017
    Signed By: Danny Santana.
    Minors: .351/.418/.587 | 11 HR | 4 SB | 242 AB

    Franco entered the year as a player with a potentially special bat, and has done nothing to change that outlook. The 17-year-old opened the year on fire in the Appalachian League. In his first 24 games this year, he’s gone hitless once. He’s hit for the cycle (in a game where he hit two home runs) and fell a double short of a second cycle. Franco very rarely swings and misses. He’s got the tools to play shortstop but, like most players his age, will need time and polish to learn the position.

  4. 4. Jake Bauers | 1B
    Jake Bauers
    Born: Oct 6, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: Josh Emmerick
    Minors: .279/.357/.426 | 5 HR | 10 SB | 197 AB

    Bauers joined Adames in the majors and has helped provide Rays fans with a glimpse into the future. He employs a sweet lefthanded swing that has allowed him to hit for average and power throughout his career. Scouts see him as hit over power now, but could reverse that trend later as he matures and learns which pitches he can really drive. He also provides stellar defense at first base.

  5. 5. Brendan McKay | LHP/1B
    Brendan McKay
    Born: Dec 18, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 212
    Drafted: Louisville, 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: James Bonnici.
    Minors: 5-2 | 2.41 ERA | 103 SO | 14 BB | 78.3 IP

    McKay was a two-way star at Louisville and is attempting to join Shohei Ohtani in providing value on the mound and at the plate in the big leagues. He’s carved hitters in low Class A before running into a bit of trouble at the next level. His batting eye is one of the best in the minors, but he’s provided little value at the plate otherwise.

  6. 6. Jesus Sanchez | OF
    Jesus Sanchez
    Born: Oct 7, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 210
    Drafted: Dominican Republic, 2014.
    Signed By: Danny Santana.
    Minors: .282/.324/.433 | 11 HR | 7 SB | 457 AB

    Sanchez is one of the most talented players in the system. At 20 years old he’s shown the ability to hit and hit for power against both lefthanders and righthanders because of an innate ability to manipulate the barrel. He’s a solid defender in the outfield and earns above-average marks for his footspeed and throwing arm. There’s polish to be added, but he’s an exciting player.

  7. 7. Matthew Liberatore | LHP
    Matthew Liberatore
    Born: Nov 6, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 200
    Drafted: HS—Glendale, Ariz., 2018 (1st round)
    Signed By: David Hamlett
    Minors: 2-2 | 1.38 ERA | 37 SO | 13 BB | 32.7 IP

    Liberatore entered the draft as the No. 2 player on the Baseball America 500, but slid to the 16th pick in the draft. Even so, Liberatore possesses an advanced four-pitch mix fronted by a low-90s fastball that has peaked at 96 mph. He added a slider prior to this year’s National High School Invitational to round out the arsenal. He joins McKay and fellow 2018 draftee Shane McClanahan—as well as big leaguer Blake Snell—as part of a pack of talented lefties in the system.

  8. 8. Ronaldo Hernandez | C
    Ronaldo Hernandez
    Born: Nov 11, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 185
    Drafted: Colombia, 2014.
    Signed By: Angel Contreras
    Minors: .284/.339/.494 | 21 HR | 10 SB | 405 AB

    Hernandez has some of the loudest tools in the system, and has begun showing results in full-season ball. He’s still got to refine himself behind the plate, but has already shown an arm that scouts have graded as a 70 on the 20-to-80 scale. He’s also shown power as well as feel for the strike zone that belies his age.

  9. 9. Vidal Brujan | 2B
    Vidal Brujan
    Born: Feb 9, 1998
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 155
    Drafted: Dominican Republic, 2014
    Signed By: Danny Santana.
    Minors: .320/.403/.459 | 9 HR | 55 SB | 475 AB

    Brujan announced his presence loudly in the New York-Penn League last year and has continued showing off a four-tool skill set in full-season ball. He’s got mirror-image swings from both sides of the plate, though the results haven’t come yet from right side. He’s at second base now, but there’s a camp that believes his speed might be better utilized in center field.

  10. 10. Shane McClanahan | LHP
    Shane McClanahan
    Born: Apr 28, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 188
    Minors: 0-0 | 0.00 ERA | 13 SO | 1 BB | 7.0 IP

    McClanahan had some of the nastiest stuff in the draft, including a fastball that has touched 100 mph from the left side as well as slider and changeup that can each get swings and misses. The arsenal gives him the potential to dominate on any given night, but he struggled with command at times this season at South Florida. Still, the Rays saw enough potential to snap him up with the second of their three first-round picks.

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