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Tampa Bay Rays: Ranking the 4 newest prospects

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 26: A bat and glove sit in the Oakland Athletics dugout before the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on July 26, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 26: A bat and glove sit in the Oakland Athletics dugout before the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on July 26, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – SEPTEMBER 15: Jake Bauers #9 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated by third base coach Matt Quatraro #33 after his three-run home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Tropicana Field on September 15, 2018 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – SEPTEMBER 15: Jake Bauers #9 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated by third base coach Matt Quatraro #33 after his three-run home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Tropicana Field on September 15, 2018 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) /

#3 Cole Sulser

A right hander stuck in AAA, Sulser appeared to be a throw in with Yandy Diaz when the Tampa Bay Rays traded away Jake Bauers. But, don’t be fooled, Sulser could play a big role for the Rays in 2019.

Position: RHP

Throws: R

Age: 28

2019 Level: AAA-MLB

Draft: 25th Rd, 2013

At the advanced age of 28, Tampa Bay may prove to be Cole Sulser’s last shot at reaching the bigs. After stalling at Triple-A with the Cleveland Indians the past two years, he very well could find himself in the weekly shuttle between Durham and Tampa that the Rays usually employ throughout the season.

He may be the most MLB-ready out of the group but Michael Plassmeyer and Rollie Lacy have more potential than Sulser on the mound. The good thing is that, at Triple-A last season, he struck out 95 and only walked 17 over 60.2 innings.  His impressive 13.59 K/9 could land him a locker in Tampa Bay.

The road won’t be easy for Sulser though as he will have to compete with Jaime Shultz, Hunter Wood, Colin Poche, Ian Gibaut and countless others for precious roster spots. We will get our first glance of Sulser this spring, and he may be able to make his first MLB roster, if not he may be stuck at AAA yet again.

I broke down Cole Sulser and introduced him to Rays fans here.

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