Tampa Bay Rays Lead MLB’s Top 100 Prospects
By Seth Carter
The Tampa Bay Rays’ farm system continues to rack up accolades as they led all Major League teams in MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects for 2020.
Just days after the Tampa Bay Rays cleaned up Baseball America’s list of the Top 100 Prospects with a league-leading eight players making the cut, the Rays continue their dominance with MLB.com’s new list.
MLB.com released its top 100 prospects in the game on January 25th. Similar to the Baseball America list, the Tampa Bay Rays had more prospects ranked inside the top 100 than any other team in the major leagues.
MLB.com’s Rays’ rankings were as follows:
1. Wander Franco, SS
15. Brendan McKay, LHP
45. Vidal Brujan, 2B
72. Xavier Edwards, 2B
90. Shane Baz, RHP
91. Brent Honeywell, RHP
Conspicuous in their absences, Shane McClanahan and Joey Ryan did not make the cut as the did in Baseball America’s list.
Both sets of rankings have Wander Franco listed as the top prospect in all of baseball. It seems to be a consensus that Franco is a soon-to-be-superstar.
McKay found himself only one spot lower than his 14th ranking in Baseball America’s Top 100. McKay should have an opportunity to challenge for both a back-end rotation spot with the Rays and Rookie of the Year. McKay finished only one inning shy of exceeding his rookie eligibility limits last season.
Newly acquired Xavier Edwards finds himself 12 spots higher on MLB.com’s list as he was rated 85th overall in Baseball America’s.
Brent Honeywell is 11 spots lower than his Baseball America rating. This, of course, is due to skepticism over his two-year absence. Recently, Honeywell told reporters he hopes to begin throwing off of a mound by the end of February.
Prior to his injury, Honeywell was one of the top-rated prospects in all of baseball.
This is not an exact science but it’s easy to see how the Rays earned the reputation of having the best farm system in baseball.
Which list do you think got it right?