Tampa Bay Rays Farm System Report 2015

Tampa Bay Rays Farm System

Rank #25 heading into the 2015 season
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Tampa Bay Rays Farm System

In Major League Baseball timing is everything. So when the Dodgers were able to convince then Rays GM Andrew Friedman to join them in LA just three weeks into the offseason, the Rays were left with a huge whole and time on their side to get things prepared for 2015. Insert Matt Silverman. Silverman, who served as the Team President for the last nine years took over the baseball operations department. Silverman clearly didn’t waste anytime as he tries to shape his 2015 club. Trading the likes of Wil Meyers, fan-favorite Ben Zobrist, Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Joyce and Yunel Escobar. In return he stock piled his minor league system with talent, acquired solid relief pitching and a quality catcher. The Rays are a small market club and truly have to build a roster on guys that they can control for a long period of time. So their window of mistakes on trades and draft picks is very small.

Looking at all of his trades the one that impacted his farm system the most was when he acquired Daniel Robertson from the A’s in the Zobrist/Escobar deal. Robertson was a top prospect of the A’s following the Addison Russell trade that brought Jeff Samardzija to Oakland. A first-round pick in 2012, Robertson spent the 2014 season in High-A Stockton on a team loaded with prospects. A very agile defender that has a knack for getting quality contact and grinding out at bats. With quick hands and a short compact swing he’s able to generate a ton of bat speed to create a great line-drive stroke. He’s will be 20 years old in Double-A, one of the youngest in the league. Scouts believe he is a double-digit homerun guy who will hit .300+ and play quality defense. He is the Rays #1 prospect on our list. (Rays Top Prospects List)

The Rays also added OF Justin Williams from the Dbacks in exchange for Jeremy Hellickson. Williams was a Diamondbacks 2nd round pick in 2013. Williams showed decent plate discipline in 2014 having drew 83 walks however he struck out 111 times. He’s a 19 year old who most scouts saw his power potential however he has yet to show that off having blasted just four homers in 2014.

Their first-round pick Casey Gillaspie has a little pop and a decent eye but there just isn’t much there in terms of ceiling. Taylor Guerrieri should be back in late season as he is recovering from Tommy John. His fastball was 92-95 range with great command. A big boy that has a great ceiling.