Baseball America released its list of top 100 prospects yesterday. The Tampa Bay Rays cleaned up with eight prospects landing inside the top 100. We take a look at how that compared to the rest of the AL East.
After finishing with nine players on the list last season, the Tampa Bay Rays maintained their dominance heading into 2020 with eight in the top-100, including the top overall prospect in the game, Wander Franco.
You can read our breakdown of the eight Tampa Bay prospects who made the cut here.
Relative to the Rest of the East
Tampa Bay not only led the way for all of baseball with eight prospects, but they also dominated the AL East. No other team exceeded three prospects within the top 100.
The Yankees, Orioles, and Blue Jays all finished with three each while the Red Sox only placed two.
Just for fun, here’s a rundown of the Rays’ prospects found in the top 100.
- Wander Franco (1)
- Brendan McKay (14)
- Vidal Brujan (51)
- Shane Baz (71)
- Brent Honeywell (80)
- Shane McClanahan (83)
- Xavier Edwards (85)
- Joey Ryan (98)
Not only did the Rays land the top spot on the list with Wander Franco, but the led all of baseball with the amount of prospects on the list.
Don’t forget, recently traded Matthew Liberatore was also on the list.
Tampa Bay finished with eight of the AL East’s 19 total prospects on the list. Erik Neander’s minor leaguers accounted for 42% of the representatives from the AL East’s five-team division.
The Red Sox’ first prospect on the list would have slotted in just ahead of Shane Baz as the Rays’ fourth prospect.
Both the present and the future continue to look very bright in St. Petersburg.