As we speak, the Tampa Bay Rays have the best farm system in all of baseball. We are taking a look back at how the top five prospects from 2010 have turned out.
It’s a great time of year to look back on Tampa Bay Rays’ prospects of the past. Here are the top five prospects (according to Fangraphs) prior to the 2010 season. It’s always intriguing to see how many players ended up a success and how many ended up fading out of our memories. We start with a former first-round draft pick.
10. Alex Torres
Major League Career: 4 Years (2 years w/ Rays)
Major League rWAR: 2.0 (2.0 w/ Rays)
Alex Torres pitched in 58 innings for the Rays and finished his Rays’ career with a 1.71 ERA. Despite posting a career ERA of 2.68, he never had the full trust of a team because he gave out more free passes than WCW in the early 1990s.
With the Rays he walked a palatable 3.7 batters per nine, with the Padres it rose to 5.5 and in his final year with the Mets, it ballooned to 6.8. The end came swiftly for Torres. He was designated for assignment in August of 2015. Torres had one more shot with the Braves in the spring of 2016, but he did not make the team.
Torres was a starting-pitching prospect that didn’t pan out due to control issues. He did have a solid major league career, and like most players on this list, you’ll notice that his best years were with the Rays.
He had a very effective 2013 and finished his Rays’ tenure with a 1.91 ERA and 3.7 walks per nine. The Rays were quick to flip him after one full season. The Padres were quick to do the same. He didn’t even make it a full season with the Mets. Control issues did him in.