To wrap up our series, our panel of bloggers could predict... whatever they felt like predicting. The floor was wide open.
Cork Gaines: The Rays would love for a top pitching prospect to make the jump to the big leagues and help in the bullpen in September in the same way David Price did in 2008. Most think that will be Jeremy Hellickson. I predict that it will be Jake McGee and there is a good chance Hellickson does not make his big league debut until 2011.
Tommy Rancel: I think Jake McGee is a wildcard, not only for the minor leagues, but the big leagues as well. The plan is to build up his arm strength as a starter for the first few months, but after that it's anyones guess. If he proves that his arm is 100%, I would expect his transition to short relief to start in the mid-summer with an eye on a September call-up.
FreeZorilla: Durham will run wild over the International League. Tim Beckham will survive another season at SS with meaningful offensive and defensive improvements.
Ricky: The acquired players from the Scott Kazmir trade will all have excellent seasons (Sean Rodriguez, Matt Sweeney, and Alexander Torres).
Jason Collette: Matt Moore will either lead the 2011 prospect list or drop off it if he can't get his walk rate under control.
Jake Larsen: 5. Matt Sweeney will become Carlos Pena's "heir apparent" for the 2011 season despite the signing of JJ Ruiz.(note: this was written before the Rays signed Leslie Anderson, so Jake had signing a Cuban 1B correct, just the wrong one. -Kevin)
Doug Milhoan: Selected by the Rays out of Gulf Shores High School (AL) in the 11th round of the 2007 draft, outfielder D.J. Jones was ranked by Baseball America as the Rays #30 prospect in 2008. The ranking was primarily based on his tools and athleticism. In 2009 for Hudson Valley he started off slowly in June (.095/.095/.143), began to lose playing time, and continued to struggle into July (.154/.170/.173). But something clicked in August, the goundballs and popups turned into line drives (16.7 LD%) and his overall line improved to .364/.391/.545. His defense has never been an issue, playing primarily in left and right with a strong arm and great range. The 22 year-old should start this season at Bowling Green. Just a hunch, but I think he'll continue his success from the end of last season, turning his tools into results, and jump back onto the prospect radar.
Kevin Gengler: Next off-season, we'll be talking about Matt Bush as a potential set-up man or closer for late 2011 and beyond... Is everyone done laughing? He hasn't pitched in two years thanks to Tommy John surgery and being cut by the Blue Jays for violating their behavior policy, but his stuff, while raw, was legitimately really good before the surgery and I think it'll be back. He'll have a nice year out of the bullpen, probably starting at Bowling Green.