Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pair Of Catchers On GCL Top 20 List

The Rays Gulf Coast League catching duo of Justin O'Conner (#3) and Luke Bailey (#11) ranked on BaseballAmerica's GCL Top 20 Prospects list. Ryan Brett also was ranked, at #18. The insider-only scouting reports are pretty much what we already knew:

On O'Conner:
O'Conner's two best tools are his above-average power potential and his plus-plus arm strength. He may not hit for a high average, because he gets pull-happy and hasn't hit quality pitching, and he didn't make consistent contact in the GCL. He moves well and has quick feet behind the plate, though he needs to slow down a tick to better synchronize his throwing mechanics.
On Bailey:
Despite an underwhelming pro debut, Bailey displayed above-average power. He needs to works on controlling the strike zone and using the whole field. His arm bounced back well from his surgery, as he threw out 31 percent of basestealers, and he has the soft hands and athleticism to become a good receiver.
On Brett:
Brett has a quick, line-drive stroke that will allow him to hit for a solid average. He has a good knowledge of the strike zone as well. His above-average speed makes him a factor on the bases.

Defensively, Brett needs to iron out his actions at second base. His range and speed could make him an effective center fielder if he can't stick in the infield.
Here's the schedule for top 20 lists of leagues the Rays have teams in:
Sept. 24 - Appalachian League (Princeton)
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)

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