Tampa Bay Rays: Moises Gomez Flying Under the Radar
By Michael Emdeyar
The Tampa Bay Rays farm system is loaded. Players are going to fly under the radar. Fans should keep an eye on what outfielder Moises Gomez is doing in Bowling Green.
If you go out to the top 30 Tampa Bay Rays prospects, as posted by mlb.com, you will not find Bowling Green Hot Rods outfielder Moises Gomez. He’s just 19 years old. The kid from Venezuala got his start in the Rays organization in 2015. He hit .317 that season and hasn’t looked back.
This season, his first in the full season MIdwest League, Gomez is pounding the ball. Local Rays blogs were on this prospect from the beginning. This site took notice from the beginning. Credit to draysbay.com following suit two months later. Early on, Gomez was turning heads.
Since then, the Rays have made a number of high-profile draft picks and signings and trades. Their farm system has risen to among the best, if not THE best, in baseball. At the very least, Gomez must be part of the conversation.
Take a look at his last ten games. Over the past week and a half, Gomez has slugged five home runs, bringing his season total to 16. He has driven in ten runs while batting .288. Overall, he has driven in 72 runs on a team where he has been overshadowed early on by Vidal Brujan and currently by Ronaldo Hernandez. Current Charlotte Stone Crabs players Brendan McKay and Carl Chester have passed him by. But, let’s not forget. He’s only 19, yet he leads the Hot Rods in extra base hits.
Within the Rays organization, it’s easy to be overlooked.
All of the names listed within this post are worthy names. Moises Gomez, and players like him, are easy to fall out of eyesight. But, Gomez is helping his cause with his play, which has garnered attention in the Midwest League.
He was a mid-season All Star and, last week, got the same year-end recognition. The fact that he doesn’t play the infield, which is an area the Rays seem to be particularly loaded, is a plus. He will always be following in the shadows of a bunch of headline players like McKay and Jesus Sanchez. But, Moises Gomez is the type of player that could sneak up the ranks and prove himself in two to three years.