Thursday, April 1, 2010

Rays Top BA's Organizational Talent Rankings

The article is insider, but here's what they had to say about the Rays:
Last Year's Rank: 4.
Impact Talent: Even after graduating Evan Longoria and David Price quickly to the majors, the Rays still have plenty of quality talent on the way to the majors, led by OF Desmond Jennings, RHPs Jeremy Hellickson and Wade Davis, and LHP Matt Moore. Tampa Bay led all clubs with seven players (Jennings, Hellickson, Davis, Moore, SS Reid Brignac, SS Tim Beckham and RHP Alex Colome) on our Top 100 Prospects list.
Depth: Tampa Bay is as deep as it is talented, especially in terms of pitching, with a second wave of arms that includes Colome and RHP Nick Barnese, and LHPs Jake McGee, Alex Torres and Kyle Lobstein. It's also telling that Beckham, the No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft, ranks just sixth on our Rays Top 10 list.
2010 Rookies: Davis won the fifth starter's job with six strong outings last September. Jennings soon will push B.J. Upton from center to right field, while Hellickson and Brignac could make an impact if given the opportunity.
Division rivals: Red Sox, 5th; Orioles, 8th; Blue Jays, 19th; Yankees, 22nd

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