The backbone of any organization is not just its farm system, but more importantly its arms. We know games are won because of defense and pitching, so naturally, an organization would put an emphasis on developing pitchers. Few clubs are as good at it as the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays have built a reputation for developing talented arms. They have developed a long list of homegrown pitchers that have made an impact at the big league level. Scott Kazmir, James Shields, and David Price come to mind. Blake Snell has burst on the scene and Brent Honeywell could be next.
Out of the pen, Jose Alvarado and Diego Castillo have also made an impact and Ian Gibaut could become the next homegrown reliever to join the relief core down the right field line.
The following ranking will introduce you to the next wave of young pitching prospects who the Rays will soon rely on to make an impact at the Major League Level. These young guns feature power sliders, sharp curveballs, dominating changeups, and high-octane fastballs, and even a screwball.
Baseball America just recently released their “Top 100 Prospects” list for 2019 and Rays prospects made 9 appearances with 3 of them being pitchers.
After countless hours of watching videos and diving into statistics and scouting reports, I have put together my list of the best young arms in the Rays system. A special thanks goes out to Baseball America, FanGraphs, and 2080 Baseball for all of their in-depth coverage of all the Rays prospects.
The individual pitch grades are complements of FanGraphs and 2080 Baseball. Statistics are gathered from Baseball America and insights aside from my own come from each of the three sites.
As you will see, the future is bright on the bump for the Tampa Bay Rays. So, without further ado, let’s begin the countdown at #15!