The future of the Tampa Bay Rays is bright
The Tampa Bay Rays are widely renowned for their ability to draft and develop players that turn into contributors at the MLB level. They rank in the Top 10 in team prospect pools consistently, doing so again this season during the preseason and midseason rankings by MLB.com. They currently have the sixth-rated prospect in the game, Junior Caminero, who we saw get some action late in the season, as well as Curtis Mead, who is ranked No. 34. This success isn't new for the organization and can be seen throughout the minor leagues.
Along with the top prospects expected to contribute in the near future, there is plenty of young talent at the big league level to help lead the way. Isaac Paredes just led the team in home runs and RBIs at 24 years old. 25-year-old Josh Lowe put together a breakout season. Regulars like Jose Siri, Rene Pinto, and Taylor Walls are still in their mid-20s. The Rays batted the third-youngest lineup on average in the league. Even some of their "older" stars are in their late 20s, like Randy Arozarena, Brandon Lowe, and Harold Ramirez. Add some young pitchers into the mix who are likely to mature, like Taj Bradley, and this team's success could carry on for a while.