Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Rays Organization Ranked 3rd

Tampa Bay RaysKevin Goldstein has ranked all 30 teams in major league baseball based on the strength of their farm system. The Rays come in 3rd, behind the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers:
3. Tampa Bay Rays

Last Year's Ranking: 1

Why They Might Be Better Than This: You all saw in the postseason what David Price is capable of; with the first pick in the draft, they added a possible impact shortstop in Tim Beckham; Desmond Jennings comes back from a season lost season to injury and still has one of the best packages of tools in the game; just when you thought they were running out of pitchers, along come Matt Moore and Nick Barnese, with over-slot 2008 signee Kyle Lobstein not far behind.

Why They Might Be Worse: Tim Beckham's performance in his debut was significantly below expectations, and a cause for some concern; Reid Brignac's bat has gone consistently backward as he's moved up; Jeremy Hellickson's numbers are more impressive than his scouting reports.

Outlook For 2010: Certainly down, as Price graduates, and after years of selecting at or near the top in every draft, they'll select 30th this coming June.

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