Rays Prospects Checking In Among Baseball’s Best

 Honeywell, Adames, and Bauers Should Impact 2018

Tampa Bay Rays, Futures Game

The Tampa Bay Rays have six players listed on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects List released today. Five of the six prospects reside in the Top 50.  The Atlanta Braves came in with the most prospects with eight, followed by the New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Rays.

#14 – Right hander Brett Honeywell, 22, was selected by the Rays in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Walters State Community College. Last season, he was promoted from Double-A to Triple-A after just two starts. He made 24 starts with the Durham Bulls going 12-8 with a 3.64 ERA. He struck out 152 batters (11.1 K/9) while issuing just 31 walks (2.3 BB/9).

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#19 – Shortstop Willy Adames, 22, was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in the David Price deal at the trade deadline in 2014. He spent the 2017 season with the Durham Bulls where he hit .277/.360/.415.

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#39 – Brendan McKay, 22, was selected by the Rays in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2017 draft out of the University of Louisville. While at Louisville he was a two-way standout starring at first base batting .343 with 17 homers and driving in 56 runs. The southpaw was 10-3 with a 2.34 ERA.  The Rays will allow him to continue his development as a first baseman and a pitcher in 2018.

#45 – Jake Bauers, 22, was acquired by the Rays from the San Diego Padres in the Wil Myers trade following the 2015 season. He spent the 2017 season with the Durham Bulls batting  .263/.368/.412 with 13 homers and 20 stolen bases.

#49 – Jesus Sanchez, 20, was signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. The left-handed hitting OF spent the 2017 season with the Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods. There he hit .305/.348/.478 with 15 homers and 82 runs driven in.

#97 – Wander Franco,16, was signed by the Rays out of the Dominican Republic last July. The switch hitting shortstop was ranked #1 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 International Prospects List.

Look for Honeywell, Bauers, and Adames to make their MLB debut’s in 2018.

Last season the Rays placed five players on Baseball America’s Top 100.

Willy Adames (10), Jose DeLeon (29), Brent Honeywell (30), Jake Bauers (70), and Casey Gillaspie (70).

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