Originally written on Batting Leadoff  |  Last updated 10/24/14
The Tampa Bay Rays farm system has been depleted by promotions for players such as Wil Myers, Matt Moore, and Chris Archer. Guerrieri is talented, but has character issues that may impede his development. Odorizzi, Colome, and Romero are solid pitchers who should become middle to back-end starters. Lee is coming off of a knee injury and is difficult to project. 1. Taylor Guerrieri, RHP 6’3”     195 lbs. Guerrieri was the Rays’ 1st round pick in the 2011 draft and has posted good stats thus far in his career. In 67.0 IP in the Midwest League in 2013, he had a 2.01 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 6.9 K/9. His ERA and WHIP were great, but he has to improve his strikeout rate to succeed against more advanced hitters. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and he flashes a plus curveball. Guerrieri is talented, but scouts are concerned about his durability as he will miss most of 2014 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Additionally, scouts have concerns about his character due to a drug-related suspension that he will serve in 2014. Guerrieri has the tools to be a No. 2 or 3 starter. 2. Jake Odorizzi, RHP                6’2”     185 lbs. Odorizzi pitched well in 22 starts in Triple-A before regressing slightly in 7 appearances inthe majors in 2013. In the minors, he had a 3.33 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 9.0 K/9. He performed well on all three of those metrics, but was not exceptional in any one area. His fastball works in the low-90s and he has a solid changeup, slider, and curveball. Odorizzi should become a solid, yet unspectacular, Major League starter. 3. Hak-Ju Lee, SS                       6’2”     170 lbs. Lee hit incredibly well in the International League in 2013. Unfortunately, he only played in 15 games before injuring his knee and missing the rest of the season. In those games, he hit .422 with a .536 OBP, 5 extra base hits, and 6 SB. Obviously he would not have maintained that production over the course of a full season, but Lee is still a good player. Lee is a solid hitter who doesn’t have a lot of power, but shows good speed running the bases. He’s a good defensive SS and should remain at the position in the long run. Lee should become an everyday Major League SS. 4. Alex Colome, RHP                 6’2”     210 lbs. Colome spent most of the 2013 season in the International League and made three starts in the majors. In 70.1 IP in the minors, he had a 3.07 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 9.2 K/9. His K/9 was good, but he needs to improve his control and reduce his WHIP. His fastball works in the mid-90s, while his other pitches are inconsistent. Colome has to prove that he can remain healthy if he wants to be a starter in the long run. If not, he’ll become a reliever in the majors. 5. Enny Romero, LHP                6’3”     210 lbs. Romero spent most of 2013 in Double-A before making one start in both Triple-A and the majors. In 148.1 total IP in the minors, he had a 2.61 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 6.8 K/9. His WHIP was above-average, but his K/9 was poor. His fastball gets up to the mid-90s and he flashes a plus curveball. Romero has to improve his control to capitalize on his raw ability and reach his potential. His could become a mid-rotation starter in the majors. 6. Andrew Toles, OF                  5’10”   185 lbs. Toles posted good stats in the Midwest League in 2013, hitting .326 with a .359 OBP, 35 doubles, 16 triples, 2 HR, and 62 SB. Toles hits well for average and has tremendous speed, as evidenced by his SB and triple totals. However, he will never generate much power and he struck out 105 times in 121 games last year. Toles plays plus defense in CF and should remain at the position in the long run. Toles needs to improve his plate approach to continue to develop offensively. If he does, he could be an everyday Major League player. 7. Ryan Brett, 2B                        5’9”     180 lbs. Brett played well in the Florida State League in 2013 before significantly regressing after getting promoted to the Southern League. In 77 combined minor league games, he hit .302 with a .356 OBP, 29 extra base hits, and 26 SB. Brett is a good hitter and shows good speed on the bases, but he lacks power. Additionally, he has to improve his plate approach to continue to succeed. Brett is a solid defensive second baseman. He could become an everyday Major League player. 8. Nick Ciuffo, C                                    6’1”     205 lbs. Ciuffo was one of the Rays’ 1st round picks in the 2013 draft and he played poorly in his first professional season. In 43 games in the Gulf Coast League, he hit .258 with a .296 OBP and 7 extra base hits. Ciuffo is very raw and has to improve his plate approach. He has the potential to become a good hitter, but his production did not match his skills last year. He’s a solid defensive catcher and should continue to improve behind the plate. Ciuffo is a high ceiling prospect who could become a good starting Major League catcher. 9. Ryne Stanek, RHP                  6’4”     180 lbs. Stanek was the Ray’s other 1st round pick in last year’s draft, but did not pitch in the 2013 season. Stanek’s fastball works in the mid-90s and flashes a plus slider. His control and delivery need some work. Many scouts believe that Stanek will end up in the bullpen. However, he has the ability to become a mid-rotation starter in the majors. 10. Kevin Kiermaier, OF              6’1”     195 lbs. Kiermaier hit fairly well in the Southern League in 2013, but regressed when promoted to the International League. In 136 total minor league games, he hit .295 with a .362 OBP, 42 extra base hits, and 21 SB. Kiermaier hit well for average and got on base effectively last season, but scouts don’t believe that his production is sustainable in the long run. Kiermaier has good speed on the bases and is an excellent defensive outfielder. If he maintains respectable offensive production, he’ll become an everyday player in the majors. Featured Image Courtesy of www.baseballamerica.com The post Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 Prospects appeared first on Batting Leadoff.

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