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.
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.''
(See Rays' top 30 prospects below)