Friday, September 24, 2010

Four Rays On Appy Top 20

Enny Romero (#2), Braulio Lara (#13), Todd Glaesmann (#15), and Hector Guevara (#20). Here are some snippets:

Romero could do no wrong in the Appy League, winning the ERA title (1.95) and ranking second in WHIP (0.94), third in strikeouts per nine innings (9.4) and fourth in opponent average (.204). He has the stuff to back those numbers up: a 92-96 mph four-seam fastball with armside run and a 12-to-6 curveball with short, quick spin.
Batters seemed unprepared for Lara's 92-96 mph fastball, which comes from an easy pitching motion. While he relied on his two- and four-seam fastballs to retire batters, he also improved the consistency of his curveball and changeup. Both of his secondary pitches have the potential to become average or better.
He runs well and can handle center field now, but as his body matures, Glaesmann probably will outgrow the position and take his strong arm to right field. If his power develops into a plus tool, the Rays will accept that tradeoff.
Guevara showed a feel for hitting, a patient approach, average speed and a modicum of pop. His performance perked up in August, when he batted .295/.336/.410 with nine extra-base hits and five steals. He could develop into a .280 hitter with average power.

Defensively, he has good hands and nimble feet, which help him turn double plays. Guevara's arm rates as above-average for second base but might be a bit short to handle shortstop on an everyday basis.
Here's the schedule for top 20 lists of leagues the Rays have teams in:
Sept. 28 - New York-Penn League (Hudson Valley)
Oct. 1 - Midwest League (Bowling Green)
Oct. 6 - Florida State League (Charlotte)
Oct. 7 - Southern League (Montgomery)
Oct. 12 - International League (Durham)


  1. Wow didnt know Romero had a pretty good fastball. Everything I heard before was average. And I didnt even think that much of Lara all season.

  2. Agreed. That is incredible news for Romero. So he has good stuff and good control. I thought his stuff was average (88-92) but I guess it is good.

    Never even knew about Lara. Good news.

    I wish Glaesman's bat would develop.

    Great news on Guevara.

  3. Question for Doug, In what range are you going to put Romero(If he makes it which I'm guessing he does) in the top 15 pitchers list?Same question for Guevara on the hitters list. Thanks