When we put together our RaysProspects Top 15's we each make our individual lists and then combine them and hash out the differences to create the final lists. Here is my preliminary Top Pitchers list, feel free to comment/criticize. This is just a simple list of the names, the real list will include player backgrounds, career stats, scouting reports, reason for ranking, outlook for next year, etc. Remember, this is just my list, the final list will be different, and it's only preliminary, I'm still open to changes. So without further ado, my Top 25 pitchers:
1. Wade Davis - Very close, but by a hair over Hellboy.
2. Jeremy Hellickson - Continues to dominate at every level of the minors.
3. Matt Moore - Only concern is the walk rate.
4. Kyle Lobstein - Great first pro season, enough to pass Barnese for me.
5. Nick Barnese - Injury shortened season, drop in strikeout rate worries me.
6. Alex Cobb - Won me over this year, improved K rate, kept BB rate low, but is hittable.
7. Jason McEachern - Can't wait to see where Kevin ranks him.
8. Alexander Torres - Top 7 were pretty easy, now it gets harder. Listed at 5'10". Too high?
9. Alexander Colome - Might have had the best statistical season in the organization.
10. Matt Gorgen - Tremendous stats, ranking depends on how you value starters vs. relievers.
11. Mitch Talbot - Hard to place, turns 26 in October, is he MLB ready? Lower?
12. Aneury Rodriguez - Only 21 in AA, improved as the season went on. Higher?
13. Wilking Rodriguez - See yesterday's BA scouting report, could be the next big thing.
14. Joseph Cruz - First year in full-season ball was mixed, high hit rate (and BABIP).
15. Jake McGee - Came back healthy, next year is key, can he still be a starter?
16. David Newmann - Good year, but old for FSL.
17. Frank De Los Santos - Like Cruz, mixed results in full-season ball. Low K rate.
18. Jacob Partridge - Limited action, but great start for 18th rounder.
19. Victor Mateo - Strong season transitioning to the states from DSL.
20. Chris Andujar - Gets no fanfare, K rate is low, sleeper pick.
21. Darin Downs - Breakout stat season, but old for level (mostly A+) and skull fracture.
22. Josh Satow - Age/level and being a reliever are only knocks.
23. Julius Dettrich - Low K rate is a worry.
24. Zach Quate - 14th round pick dominated the New York-Penn out of the pen.
25. Heath Rollins - Personal favorite, but permanent transition to the pen hurts.
Albert Suarez - Coming back from Tommy John surgery.
Justin Garcia - Still a personal favorite.
Devin Fuller - 6th rounder had a low K rate and high BB rate, but a good ERA in debut.
Others: Andrew Bellatti, Omar Bencomo, Alex Koronis, Scott Shuman, Zach Rosscup, Brad Furdal, Marquis Fleming.
[Edit by Kevin 4:38 p.m.]
Here's my rough top 25(originally posted in the comments) for means of comparison. Comments added, too.
1. Wade Davis - MLB success gives him the slight edge over Hellickson.
2. Jeremy Hellickson - Statistically dominant, but has missed some time due to injury in multiple seasons.
3. Matt Moore - Overpowered the SAL, starting to shore up control.
4. Alex Cobb - Cobb doesn't really do anything poorly, and shows plus control.
5. Kyle Lobstein - Was dominant in his last 7 starts of the season.
6. Nick Barnese - Strikeout drop is worrying, but perhaps his arm wasn't full strength with the early injury.
7. Alex Colome - Not a bad stat to be found
8. Jason McEachern -I still love him but I can't justify him over Lobstein/Colome because of the strikeout difference in HV... even though McEachern is younger.
9. Alex Torres - Don't have a real good read on him yet.
10. Matt Gorgen - Here's hoping he isn't the next Ryan Reid.
11. David Newmann - Great season, but at 24 years old his ceiling is probably limited.
12. Mitch Talbot - And hey, here's a guy older than Newmann. Could get a crack at the Rays bullpen in 2010.
13. Jake McGee - Came back healthy, will the dominant fastball return next year?
14. Heath Rollins - His pedestrian stuff may not play at the higher levels.
15. Wilking Rodriguez - He's on helium watch.
16. Aneury Rodriguez - Shrugged off an awful start to finish with a 4.50 ERA. He's young, but the flyball rate is a big worry.
17. Darin Downs - You just hope he doesn't show any ill effects of the skull fracture.
18. Joseph Cruz - Doesn't totally thrill me. Future Alex Cobb type?
19. Kevin James - 9th rounder supposedly has electric stuff.
20. Scott Shuman - Came out throwing in the mid-high 90's in Princeton's pen.
21. Jacob Partridge - The best of the GCL Rays pitchers.
22. Zach Quate - Stats looked great, we'll see how it plays as he moves up.
23. Trevor Shull - He's a sleeper candidate for 2010 for me.
24. Shane Dyer - I smell a bounceback. Just a feeling.
25. Marquis Fleming - Intriguing reliever, but he's been old for his level.