2014 Tampa Bay Rays

C – Rafelin Lorenzo  – DSL Rays –  17 yo;  (2013 International FA signee-DO)
  • .274 – 5HR – 33RBi – 18R –  .329/.446/.775 slash  –  – PAG: 3.24
  • Baseball America -NR  –  MLB Pipeline-NR  –  Baseball Prospectus -NR
1B – Patrick Leonard – HiA Charlotte –  21 yo; (2011 – 5th round/KC; Leonard was the “throw in” that came to TB with Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery in 2013 James Shields trade)
  • .284 – 13HR – 58RBi – 79R – 14 SB –  .359/.448/.808 slash  –  – PAG: 3.31
  • BA-NR  –  MLB Pipeline-NR  –  BP-NR
2B – Kean Wong – LoA Bowling Green –  19 yo;  (2013 – 4th round) –  (Younger brother of St. Louis Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong)
  • .306 – 2HR – 24RBi – 56R – 13 SB –  .347/.370/.717 slash  –  – PAG: 2.60
  • BA-NR  –  MLB Pipeline (mid-season)/#20  –  BP-NR
3B – Tyler Goeddel – HiA Charlotte –  21 yo; (2011 – 1st round (supplemental)
  • .269 – 6HR – 61RBi – 41R – 20 SB –  .349/.408/.757 slash  –  – PAG: 3.02
  • BA/#22  –  MLB Pipeline-NR  –  BP-NR
SS – Willy Adames –   LoA West Michigan (DET)/LoA Bowling Green(TB) – 18 yo; (2013 Int. FA-DO)   
  • .271 – 8HR – 61RBi – 55R – 6 SB –  .353/.429/.782 slash  –  – csPAG: 2.95
  • BA/#30 (with DET)  –  MLB Pipeline (mid-season)/#2  –  BP-NR (DET or TB)
  • Adames began 2014 by posting a 98-game PAG score of 2.89 with LoA West Michigan (DET).  The young SS packed his bags for Tampa Bay in the 2014 trade that sent David Price to the Tigers.  He moved across the Midwest League to LoA Bowling Green (TB) where in his final 27 games he increased his PAG score to 3.19If you’re in a dynasty format style fantasy league and are able to pluck minor leaguers off your waiver wire, take a chance on the young Adames. He’s that perfect “draft-stash-and-forget about” type of prospect that if you wait to act, you’ll lose out on a kid who could make you look like a genius years down the road. 
LF – Granden Goetzman – LoA Bowling Green/HiA Charlotte  – 21 yo; (2011 – 2nd round)
  • .271 – 8HR – 44RBi – 54R – 10 SB –  .311/.418/.729 slash  –  – PAG: 2.68
  •  BA-NR  –  MLB Pipeline-NR  –  BP-NR
CF – Johnny Field – LoA Bowling Green/HiA Charlotte –  22 yo; (2013 – 5th round)
  • .300 – 12HR – 58RBi – 95R – 23 SB –  .376/.488/.864 slash  –  – PAG: 3.69
  • BA-NR  –  MLB Pipeline-NR  –  BP-NR
  • I like Field for many of reasons. Much like Jim favors those grinder, ground ball type pitchers, I always seem to gravitate toward those “mixed breed” hitters who combine a little of everything: batting average, speed, occasional home run pop and exceptional defense. Guys like Field deserve a late round flier and it’s guys like him that win you championships. Just have to be enough of a risk taker to follow through. 
RF – Bralin Jackson – Short Season Hudson Valley –  20 yo;  (2012 – 5th round)
  • .279 – 1HR – 23 RBi – 37R – 17 SB –  .349/.384/.733 slash  –  – PAG: 3.06
  • BA-NR  –  MLB Pipeline-NR  –  BP-NR
 
Top 5 Starting Pitchers – (Mention Points) /TPS
 
1. LHP Chris Kirsch – (15) SP/TPS .136
  • 22 years old (LoA Bowling Green)
  • 14th round – 2012
  • 2-Time UTR Mentions (May 25thJuly 11th)
2. RHP Austin Pruitt – (11) cSR/TPS .122
3. LHP Blake Snell – (10) SP/TPS .082
  • 21 years old (LoA Bowling Green / HiA Charlotte)
  • 1st round – 2011
  • Ranked 14th by Baseball America / 13th by MLBPipeline
  • Holding a consistent TPS rating since being drafted, Snell is a fantasy keeper/dynasty must-have as he projects as a solid #2 or #3 starter. Though he didn’t make a mention during the season, Snell is one of those low-key, “get the job done” arms, that should be available for your 2015 draft and would be end-game steal.
4. RHP Jacob Faria – (10) SP/TPS .098
  • 20 years old (LoA Bowling Green)
  • 10th round – 2011
  • 4-Time UTR Mention (April 16thApril 30thJune 12thAugust 2nd)
  • 2014 UTR Breakout
  • Faria had one of the top TPS rates in the Rays system for 2013 coming out the Appy Leagues. As a 10th round pick out of high school, he was an easy selection to predict a possible breakout in 2014. Faria threw 119.2 innings including a complete game shut-out in 23 starts.
5. RHP Hunter Wood – (10) SP/TPS .100
  • 20 years old – (LoA Bowling Green / Short-Season Hudson Valley)
  • 29th round – 2013
  • 2-Time UTR Mention (April 26thJuly 19th)
Top 3 Relief Pitchers – (Mention Points) /TPS
 
1. RHP Colton Reavis – (8) RP/TPS .071
2. RHP Brad Schreiber – (7) RP/TPS .074
  • 23 years old (LoA Bowling Green)
  • 40th round – 2012
3. LHP Stone Speer – (6) RP/TPS .090
  • 23 years old (LoA Bowling Green)
  • 25th round – 2013
 
Top 5 TPS – Starting Pitchers
 
1. RHP Jaime Schultz – SP/TPS .061
  • 23 years old (LoA Bowling Green / HiA Charlotte)
  • 14th round – 2013
  • 2-Time UTR mention (May 16thMay 22nd)
  • The last time Schultz’s name appeared on the same list with Jacob Faria was back in February as I was drafting my breakout picks. As you already know, I went with Faria, but with the season that Schultz had, its proof positive that TPS is working. The right-hander posted a TPS rate in the 60’s for the second straight year (.068 in 2013) and backed it up with a solid year on the mound in 2014.
2. RHP Brent Honeywell – cSR/TPS .070
  • 19 years old (Rookie Princeton – Appy League)
  • 2nd round (supplemental) – 2014
3. LHP Jose Alvarado – cSR/TPS .078
  • 19 years old (GCL Rays)
  • Undrafted – 2012
4. LHP Blake Snell – SP/TPS .082
  • 21 years old (LoA Bowling Green / HiA Charlotte)
  • 1st round – 2011
  • Ranked 14th by Baseball America / 13th by MLBPipeline
  • Holding a consistent TPS rating since being drafted, Snell is a fantasy keeper/dynasty must-have as he projects as a solid #2 or #3 starter. Though he didn’t make a mention during the season, Snell is one of those low-key, get the job done arms, that should be available for your 2015 draft and would be end-game steal.
5. RHP German Marquez – cSR/TPS .087
Top 3 TPS – Relief Pitchers
 
1. RHP Damion Carroll – RP/TPS .061
  • 20 years old (Rookie Princeton – Appy League)
  • 6th round – 2012
2. RHP Colton Reavis – RP/TPS .071
3. RHP Brad Schreiber – (7) RP/TPS .074
  • 23 years old (LoA Bowling Green)
  • 40th round – 2012
 
2014 Breakout Grades
The following pitchers were chosen in early March. Their selection was based solely on their previous season’s TPS rating and using the UTRMinors.com criteria for those under the radar.
 
RHP Jacob Faria – Facing hitters 2 years his junior, Faria took a big step in 2014 having success in doubling his innings production at LoA Bowling Green. As expected, he took a slight dip in his K9 rate (8.0) from 2013 (10.3) with Appy League Princeton, but consistency in that area will only boost Faria’s ceiling. His fastball features good sink that projects the right-hander more as a ground ball pitcher. If he could increase the 40% rate from 2014 along with steady K rate, Faria could become a fast mover within the Rays system. Look for him to crack the organizational Top 25 in 2015. Grade B+
 
RHP Clayton Crum – Did not Play on the DL

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