Baseball America ranks Tampa Bay Rays second in organizational talent

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)

Here is Baseball America'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

Baseball America ranks Tampa Bay Rays second in organizational talent 01/26/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 11:59am]

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