We are only 2 days away from opening day, so I figured it was fitting to emphasize, once again, that the Tampa Bay Rays have the second best farm system in all of baseball.
The Tampa Bay Rays have transformed their minor league system into one of the best in the sport. The fruits of a 5 year rebuilding effort finally came to fruition when Willy Adames and former Rays first baseman Jake Bauers made it to the show. Blake Snell proved yet again that the Rays are the best in the business at nurturing young pitchers, while Jose Alvarado and Diego Castillo made the programs in the Dominican Republic worth it.
Baseball America ranked the Tampa Bay Rays farm system as the second best in all of baseball. They enter 2019 tied with the San Diego Padres with 9 top 100 prospects. This is what Baseball America had to say about the Rays loaded farm system:
"Tampa Bay’s system is stacked from top to bottom, with impact bats around the diamond and strong pitching, led by a potential frontline starter in Brent Honeywell. Shortstop Wander Franco is still 17 but projects as a future star who could be the No. 1 prospect in baseball next year."
The 9 top 100 prospects are:
- SS, Wander Franco, #4 overall
- RHP, Brent Honeywell, #23
- LHP/DH, Brendan McKay, #47
- C, Ronaldo Hernandez, #56
- LHP, Matthew Liberatore, #58
- OF, Jesus Sanchez, #62
- OF/2B, Vidal Brujan, #64
- 2B, Brandon Lowe, #93
- 1B, Nate Lowe, #97
As you can see, the Rays have future talent spread all over the field. Franco is one of the most promising prospects in all of baseball, while the recently drafted Matthew Liberatore could shoot up the rankings with a solid full season in professional baseball.
Brandon Lowe has already arrived with Nate Lowe, and Brent Honeywell not too far behind. Brendan McKay is one of the most intriguing prospects in all of baseball due to his ability to hit and pitch. Vidal Brujan, Jesus Sanchez, and Ronaldo Hernandez are all very exciting and have tons of potential.
The future is bright Rays fans!
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