With the 2009 season just around the corner, here are where we project the Rays top prospects to open the year. This list includes all the players from our top batter and pitcher prospect lists (plus honorable mentions) and BaseballAmerica's top 31 Rays prospects list.
Tampa Bay Rays (MLB): Fernando Perez (60-day DL), Jeff Niemann (or traded).
Durham Bulls (AAA): Reid Brignac, John Jaso, Justin Ruggiano, Elliot Johnson, Chris Nowak, David Price, Wade Davis, Mitch Talbot, James Houser, Chris Mason.
Montgomery Biscuits (AA): Jeremy Hellickson, Heath Rollins, Ryan Reid, Ryan Royster, Rhyne Hughes.
Charlotte Stone Crabs (A+): Desmond Jennings, Reid Fronk, Shawn O'Malley, Jake McGee (DL, then here), Alex Cobb, Austin Hinkle, Justin Garcia, Mike McCormick, Will Kline (depends on health).
Bowling Green Hot Rods (A): Tim Beckham, Kyeong Kang, Jake Jefferies, Mike Sheridan, Elias Otero, Jason Corder, Nick Barnese, Matt Moore, Shane Dyer, Matt Gorgen, Mark Thomas, David Newmann (depends on health).
Hudson Valley Renegades (A-) or Princeton Rays (R+): D.J. Jones, Mayo Acosta, Albert Suarez, Alexander Colome, Chris Luck, Kyle Lobstein, Ty Morrison, Brian Bryles, Joseph Cruz, Jason McEachern.