Baseball America Prospect Handbook rankings start with Adames
It's always a big day with delivery of the Baseball America Prospect Handbook, which not only offers a 1-30 ranking of the top prospects for each team, but also interesting scouting reports, including grades.
INF Willy Adames is ranked the Rays top prospect, which is no surprise, with RHP Brent Honeywell second and 1B Casey Gillaspie third. The book went to press before the Rays traded Logan Forsythe for RHP Jose De Leon, whi is ranked the Dodgers No. 3 prospect.
The book editors were quite high on Adames, who overall is ranked among the top position player prospects in the game and is projected to be a franchise player as a middle-of-the-order hitting shortstop.
The biggest surprise is the lofty No. 7 ranking for OF Jesus Sanchez, a 19-year-old signed out of the Dominican who has hit .332 through his first two seasons while advancing his offensive and defensive skills.
Overall, the Rays are ranked 11th, up two spots, in Baseball America's overall organization talent rankings.
Here is the Rays top 30, per Baseball America:
1. INF Willy Adames (acquired in July 2014 trade)
2. RHP Brent Honeywell
3. 1B Casey Gillaspie
4. OF/1B Jake Bauers (acquired in Dec. 2014 trade)
5. RHP Chih-Wei Hu (acquired in July 2015 trade)
6. OF Josh Lowe (2016 1st round pick)
7. OF Jesus Sanchez
8. RHP Jake Faria
9. OF Justin Williams (acquired in Nov. 2014 tradek)
10. OF Garrett Whitley (2015 1st round pick)
11. RHP Austin Franklin
12. RHP Jamie Schultz
13. RHP Ryne Stanek (2013 1st round pick)
14. INF Adrian Rondon
15. INF Daniel Robertson (acquired in Jan. 2015 trade)
16. iNF Lucius Fox (acquired in Aug. 2016 trade)
17. RHP Taylor Guerrieri (2011 1st round pick)
18. RHP Greg Harris (acquired Nov. 2014 trade)
19. 3B Kevin Padlo (acquired in Jan, 2016 trade)
20. OF/Joe McCarthy
21. C Nick Ciuffo (2013 1st round pick)
22. OF Ryan Boldt
23. OF Jake Fraley
24. C David Rodriguez
25. RHP Kevin Gadea (2016 RUle 5 pick)
26. C Chris Betts
27. RHP Hunter Wood
28. LHP Jose Alvarado
29. RHP Austin Pruitt
30. LHP Resly Linares