Originally posted on Razzball  |  Last updated 2/20/13
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2012 (11) | 2011 (3) | 2010 (1) | 2009 (4) | 2008 (1) 2012 Affiliate Records MLB: [90-72] AL East AAA: [66-78] International League – Durham AA: [74-63] Southern League – Montgomery A+: [55-79] Florida State League – Charlotte A: [80-60] Midwest League – Bowling Green A(ss): [52-24] New York-Penn League — Hudson Valley Arizona Fall League Players — Phoenix Desert Dogs Lenny Linsky (RHP); Tim Beckham (2B); Hak-Ju Lee (SS); Richie Shaffer (3B); Kevin Kiermaier (OF) Graduated Prospects Matt Moore (RHP); Jake McGee (LHP) The Run Down The Rays' player development systems have always been top-notch, and for the past several years, they've maintained one of the better farm systems in the game. As a matter of timing more than anything else -- some bad luck, too (see Beckham) -- the system was a little lighter than usual in the high-impact department near the end of last season. They were growing older, and more expensive at the big league level. It appeared that they were deviating from Andrew Friedman's operational model -- a patient, bottom-up approach that had discovered and nurtured talent better than just about any other organization -- that had made them a year-to-year contender in baseball's toughest division. And then the James Shields deal happened and the natural order was restored to the baseball universe. All of a sudden, Wil Myers became a Ray, and the once-lacking high-impact department was replenished with one of the more high-impacty dudes in the minors. Beyond Myers, Tampa added MLB-ready pitching depth in Jake Odorizzi. They also nabbed Mike Montgomery on the cheap -- sure, he pitched like a pile of hot garbage in 2012, but one year does not ruin a prospect. When considering this top ten back in October, I was kinda worried about having to cover a slew high-upside 18-year-olds who hadn't yet played outside of instructional league. Thank you, Andrew Friedman, for making this post more interesting.The post 2013 Minor League Preview: Tampa Bay Rays appeared first on Fantasy Baseball Blog at Razzball.com.
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