Tampa Bay Rays: 2019 Top 15 Pitching Prospects

By Austin Reimann
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#6: Resly Linares, LHP, 21

A quick arm and good curveball has this young Dominican Summer League product  quickly rising through the Rays ranks.

Drafted: | Signed: DSL | 275,000

School: DSL

Pitch Grades (Via FanGraphs):

FB: 50/55

CB: 55/60

CH: 45/55

FB velocity: 90-93, T-95

Following the path of both Diego Castillo and Jose Alvarado, Resly Linares could be the next pitcher to make it all the way from the Dominican Summer League to play baseball in Tampa Bay. He still needs to fill out, but his feel for his curveball is what convinced FanGraphs to rank him as the 17th best prospect entering 2019.

Off-speed: FanGraphs said this regarding Linares’ offside pitches, “Linares uses his curveball to attack both left and right-handed hitters, and his lack of changeup development to this point is the chief reason why he may project to the bullpen, where he may throw even harder”.

Delivery: He features a nice and easy delivery which results in a low to mid 90’s fastball. He has loose arm action to go along with a repeatable delivery.

2018 numbers from Bowling Green:

7-3 // 17G/17GS // 84.1 IP // 3.20 ERA // 97K/25BB // 1.11 WHIP

Thoughts: It is exciting to think that Linares’ velocity has been climbing ever since entering professional baseball and he is still so wiry. If Linares matures physically we could see added miles per hour. His curveball is nasty but if he doesn’t find a better feel for his changeup I would expect a move to the pen by the end of the 2019 season. If he does move to the pen, we could see a rapid rise to the majors like we saw with Castillo.

Here is a video of Linares working: