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Baseball America ranks Rays first in talent, lists top 30 prospects

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February

The Rays are back on top of the Baseball America organizational talent rankings.

The Rays were ranked No. 1 in 2007 and 2008, then dropped to fourth last year. BA moved them back to the top of the chart, which is included in the just released Prospect Handbook, with this comment:

"The Rays couldn't develop a pitcher for the first decade of their existence, and now they have more than they know what to do with. In Desmond Jennings, they have come up with yet another of their signatures: a toolsy, athletic outfielder in the Carl Crawford/B.J. Upton line."

The Rangers, who were first last year, drop to second, followed by the Indians, Giants, Phillies and Red Sox.

The Handbook - an annual information feast (512 pages this year) for prospect junkies - also includes BA's ranking of the top 30 for each organization, and then a 31st. The book is available through baseballamerica.com and in some book stores.

Here is the BA list of the Rays prospects:
 1. Desmond Jennings, OF
 2. Jeremy Hellickson, RHP
 3. Wade Davis, RHP
 4. Matt Moore, LHP
 5. Reid Brignac, SS
 6. Tim Beckham, SS
 7. Alex Colome, RHP
 8. Jake McGee, LHP
 9. Alex Torres, LHP
10. Nick Barnese, RHP
11. Kyle Lobstein, LHP
12. Luke Bailey, C
13. Joe Cruz, RHP
14. Ty Morrison, OF
15. Fernando Perez, OF
16. Todd Glaesmann, OF
17. Wilking Rodriguez, RHP
18. Shawn O'Malley, SS
19. Jeff Malm, 1b
20. Albert Suarez, RHP
21. Alex Cobb, RHP
22. Cody Rogers, OF
23. David Newmann, LHP
24. Matt Sweeney, 3b
25. Jason McEachern, RHP
26. Frank De los Santos, LHP
27. Aneury Rodriguez, RHP
28. Matt Gorgen, RHP
29. Jake Jefferies, C
30. Kevin James, LHP
31. K.D. Kang, OF
 



 

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 12:15am]

    

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