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Two Tampa Bay Rays Make MLB Network’s Top 100 Players (61-100)

By Seth Carter
Tyler Glasnow (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Tyler Glasnow (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /
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The Tampa Bay Rays were represented by two players in MLB Network’s Top 100 (100-61) yesterday. We take a look at MLB’s 82nd and 92nd ranked players.

The Tampa Bay Rays are likely to take up a few more spots on MLB Network’s Top 100 players list by the time it’s all revealed.

The full list can be found here: MLB TOP 100 Right Now (61-100)

For right now, we know starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow has come in at 92nd out of the game’s top 100, according to MLB Network.

Despite only playing starting 12 games last season, the talent is conspicuous. Glasnow ranked ahead of the following players:

93) Mike Moustakas, 2B, Reds (2019 rank: NR)
94) Keston Hiura, 2B, Brewers (2019 rank: NR)
95) Tim Anderson, SS, White Sox (2019 rank: NR)
96) José Abreu, 1B, White Sox (2019 rank: 77)
97) Eloy Jiménez, OF, White Sox (2019 rank: NR)
98) Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers (2019 rank: NR)
99) Bo Bichette, SS, Blue Jays (2019 rank: NR)
100) Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays (2019 rank: NR)

The other Tampa Bay Ray to make the list is your 2018 American League Cy Young Award winner, Blake Snell.

Snell was ranked 82nd overall. Despite coming off of a down year (for Snell) with a 4.29 ERA, his underlying stats indicate he’s primed to bounce back to form in 2020.

Snell ranked ahead of the following players.

82) Blake Snell, SP, Rays (2019 rank: 26)
83) Luis Severino, SP, Yankees (2019 rank: 43)
84) Ramón Laureano, OF, Athletics (2019 rank: NR)
85) Charlie Blackmon, OF, Rockies (2019 rank: 38)
86) Carlos Santana, 1B, Indians (2019 rank: NR)
87) Eduardo Escobar, 3B, D-backs (2019 rank: NR)
88) Jorge Polanco, SS, Twins (2019 rank: NR)
89) Mitch Garver, C, Twins (2019 rank: NR)
90) Miguel Sanó, 3B, Twins (2019 rank: NR)
91) Luis Castillo, SP, Reds (2019 rank: NR)
92) Tyler Glasnow, SP, Rays (2019 rank: NR)

Among starting pitchers with at least 100 innings last year, Snell was fourth in all of baseball behind Gerrit Cole, Chris Sale, and Max Scherzer.

That’s impressive company to keep for a former Cy Young winner.

The sky is the limit between these two young studs. With Ryan Yarbrough and Yonny Chirinos being some of the best at inducing soft contact, and guys like Trevor Richards, Brendan McKay and Brent Honeywell waiting in the wings, the Rays are stacked with starting pitching.

Oh, I forgot to mention the guy that finished third in the American League Cy Young voting last season. I suspect we’ll see Charlie Morton as the rest of the Top 100 list is revealed.

Rays’ fans have a lot to be excited about heading into 2020!

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Pitchers and catchers report tomorrow.

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