Rays No. 4 organization by talent per Baseball America
The Rays moved back up to their usual spot near the top of Baseball America's organizational talent rankings, listed fourth in the new edition of the Prospect Handbook.
After dropping to 11th last year, the Rays moved back up in part due to the trade with Kansas City that netted them four top 30 prospects, including No. 1 Wil Myers. Also, No. 5 RHP Jake Odorizzi, No. 15 LHP Mike Montgomery, No. 26 3B Patrick Leonard.
Wrote the BA editors, "After years of banner drafts, they haven't fared as well in recent years. But their system remains strong thanks to trades for Wil Myers, Chris Archer, Hak-Je Lee and Jake Odorizzi.''
The teams ranked ahead of the Rays are the Cardinals, Mariners and Rangers.
The Rays had been in the top four each year since 2007, including first in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
While BA will publish its overall prospect rankings next month, Myers was fourth on the individual rankings of the four BA editors behind, in some order, Texas' Jurickson Profar, Baltimore's Dylan Bundy and St. Louis' Oscar Taveras.
The book, available through baseballamerica.com now and soon in bookstores, lists the top 30 prospects for each team, with scouting reports and depth charts, plus other organizational lists and projections. It's always a great read.
The Rays top 10:
Wil Myers, OF
Chris Archer, RHP
Taylor Guerrieri, RHP
Hak-Ju Lee, SS
Jake Odorizzi, RHP
Alex Colome, RHP
Richie Shaffer, 3B
Enny Romero, LHP
Blake Snell, LHP
Tim Beckham, INF