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Baseball America Handbook: Rays are "gold standard" for player development



The lists have already been revised following the trade with the Cubs, but Baseball America's always interesting Prospect Handbook arrived in the mail today lavishing plenty of praise on the Rays even before that deal was made, adding RHP Chris Archer, SS Hak-Ju Lee, OF Brandon Guyer and C Robinson Chirinos to their talent pool. (Archer, Lee and Guyer were all ranked in the top 12 in BA's online post-trade revision.)

 The BA experts had the Rays third overall in their organizational talent rankings - and since publication since moved them up to second - and label the Rays "the gold standard of player development." Also, the BA editors note that the Rays "are working on a Bobby Bowden-type streak of five straight seasons in the top four. Good thing, too, as Carl Crawford may be just the start of a group of stars who grow up Rays but leave St. Pete for free-agent riches.''

Here is BA's original ranking of the Rays top 30 prospects, again before the Cubs trade. Most interesting were how BA dropped SS Tim Beckham from sixth to 15th and LHP Kyle Lobstein from 11th to 29th:
1. RHP Jeremy Hellickson
2. LHP Matt Moore
3. OF Desmond Jennings
4. LHP Jake McGee
5. OF Josh Sale
6. LHP Alex Torres
7. RHP Alex Colome
8. C Justin O'Conner
9. OF Drew Vettleson
10. RHP Jake Thompson
11. LHP Enny Romero
12. RHP Nick Barnese
13. OF Ty Morrison
14. LHP Braulio Lara
15. SS Tim Beckham
16. RHP Alex Cobb
17. C Luke Bailey
18. OF Yoel Araujo
19. RHP Joe Cruz
20. RHP Zach Quate
21. OF Todd Glaesmann
22. SS Derek Dietrich
23. 2B Ryan Brett
24. RHP Scott Shuman
25. RHP Wilking Rodriguez
26. OF Kevin Kiermaier
27. 2B Hector Guevara
28. OF/1B Leslie Anderson
29. LHP Kyle Lobstein
30. C Stephen Vogt
And the extra bonus 31st prospect, OF Isaias Velasquez

 Here is the unofficial revision of the list following the trade:
1. RHP Jeremy Hellickson
2. LHP Matt Moore
3. OF Desmond Jennings
4. RHP Chris Archer
5. LHP Jake McGee
6. OF Josh Sale
7. LHP Alex Torres
8. SS Hak-Ju Lee
9. RHP Alex Colome
10. C Justin O'Conner
11. OF Drew Vettleson
12. OF Brandon Guyer
13. RHP Jake Thompson
14. LHP Enny Romero
15. RHP Nick Barnese
16. OF Ty Morrison
17. LHP Braulio Lara
18. C Robinson Chirinos
19. SS Tim Beckham
20. RHP Alex Cobb
21. C Luke Bailey
22. OF Yoel Araujo
23. RHP Joe Cruz
24. RHP Zach Quate
25. OF Todd Glaesmann
26. SS Derek Dietrich
27. 2B Ryan Brett
28. RHP Scott Shuman
29. RHP Wilking Rodriguez
30. OF Kevin Kiermaier

[Last modified: Friday, February 25, 2011 12:15am]


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