Joe McCarthy, OF, LHH, 24, AAALike Wong and Solak, Joe McCarthy also has nowhere to go even with the recent departure of Mallex Smith. McCarthy, the Tampa Bay Rays 5th round pick in 2015 had a solid, albeit injury shortened season at Triple-A Durham.
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McCarthy only managed 160 at-bats in Durham this year, but he made them count. Hitting .270 with 8 bombs and an outstanding wRC+ of 151. The Rays prospect came into his power in 2018 hitting as many bombs in 160 at-bats as he ever did over the course of a full season.
He ranked as the Rays 17th best prospect in 2018 and has nowhere to go in 2019. With the absence of Mallex in the outfield, McCarthy would have been a logical fourth outfielder except that the Rays got Guillermo Heredia in the Zunino trade and despite his lacking offense, the Rays front office seems to really like Heredia as a plus defender.
With Heredia likely the 4th outfielder and the trio of Meadows, Kiermaier and Pham in the outfield already, Joe McCarthy could best serve the Rays as trade bait. With his power potential showing through, teams could show strong interest in McCarthy and like Solak, could be a major piece in blockbuster trade talks.