There is a lot to be thankful for when you boast the best far system in baseball and the best overall prospect in baseball.
The Tampa Bay Rays’ success in 2019 is due in large part to their ability to develop major league players prior to their arrival in Tampa Bay. Players such as Willy Adames, Kevin Kiermaier, Brandon Lowe, Blake Snell and others all spent considerable time developing their craft with Rays minor league coaches and developmental staff.
Their farm system’s resurgence to the top of the pile is a testament to the front office’s ability to trade for, sign, and draft soon-to-be major league talent. Their rich crop of prospects is led by the #1 prospect in all of baseball, Wander Franco, the 18-year-old phenom out of the Dominican Republic who could possibly debut in 2020 at the young age of 19.
But, there is more to be thankful for than just the Wander Show. Pitchers like Matthew Liberatore, Shane Baz, and Brent Honeywell are well on their way to continuing a history of excellence on the mound in Tampa Bay. Position players like Vidal Brujan, Ronaldo Hernandez, and Greg Jones are all poised to bring even more excitement to Tampa Bay in the years to come as well.
The youth movement in Tampa Bay is alive and well and something to be very excited and thankful for.