Rays Prospects

Tampa Bay Rays Farm System Continues to Produce Talent

By Michael Emdeyar
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The Tampa Bay Rays have a consensus top five farm system.  Everyone knows of Brendan McKay.  Jesus Sanchez is rising on a lot of lists.  If you don’t know Wander Franco yet, you need to take a look.  More names keep popping up.

With as many elite prospects that the Tampa Bay Rays have, it’s easy for some to fly under the radar.  Congratulations this week goes out to a pair of Double-A Montgomery Biscuits players, 3B Michael Brosseau and RHP Benton Moss.  All they did was go out and win the  Southern League’s Player and Pitcher of the Week awards for August 6 – August 12.

This marks the first time this season that a Southern League team’s players have won both honors.  Neither Brosseau and Moss hit the field as top Rays prospects.  But, after the week each player had, they may at least be worth a glance.

Brosseau came to the Rays as an undrafted free agent.  After beginning in the Gulf Coast League in 2016, he has steadily climbed the ladder, playing all of 2018 with the Biscuits. All he’s done is slash .254/.319/.433 with 11 home runs and 11 stolen bases.  This comes after he spent the off-season in Australia playing for the Perth Heat, batting .427 with six home runs in 96 at bats.

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Like Brosseau, Moss has steadily stepped up the ranks with the Rays.  After being drafted in the sixth round in 2015, he started this season with High-A Charlotte before moving up to Montgomery after just three starts.  With the Biscuits, he has a 7-5 record with a 3.27 ERA.  This past week, he threw 12 shutout innings, winning both starts and holding opposing batters to just a .167 batting average. But, if you want to dig into this Rays prospect’s past, take a listen:

What other unsung prospects are lurking in the Rays’ minor league system?

Beyond Brosseau and Moss, there is a lot of talent rising through the system.  This becomes more obvious when players like Johnny Field march their way through the system, only to lose out in a numbers game after hitting the big leagues for the Rays.  Staying on the roster can be tough.

A couple of names to keep an eye on:  OF Nathan Lukes is having a solid season with Montgomery, hitting .275 with 33 extra base hits.  And, while not as “unsung” as most, considering he’s the Rays sixth-best prospect, catcher Ronaldo Hernandez just might be the homegrown backstop of the future in Tampa Bay .  The 20-year-old already has 18 home runs and 72 RBI for the Bowling Green Hot Rods.