And here's our final prediction of the year. Today's question is: What will the Rays top 10 prospects list look like heading into 2012 (not counting potential 2012 draftees for the most part)?
R.J. Anderson: Alex Cobb moves up boards as he shows an improved changeup.
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Jason Collette: Brian Barnes struck out 213 batters in 1990 to set the current record for the Southern League; Matt Moore breaks that in 2011.
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FreeZorilla: Aneury Rodriguez is returned from the Astros who snaked him in the Rule 5 draft. Rodriguez has a solid year in Durham and seems poised for a 2012 relief role with the club. David Newmann converts to relief and becomes an intriguing lefty bullpen option.
Cork Gaines: To me, the key to the Rays farm system in 2011 is the continued development of Alex Torres, Alex Cobb and newly acquired Chris Archer. With the Rays trading Matt Garza and inserting Jeremy Hellickson, there is suddenly a little bit of a question about who is next. Obviously Andy Sonnanstine is the backup starting pitcher. But who is after him in case of injury? Are any of the above three ready to step in now? And if not, how long until they are ready to go. Hopefully they won't be needed, but we need see one or two of them step up and become "next."
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Kevin Gengler: Scott Shuman will start out in the Charlotte (or Montgomery) bullpen, but he'll finish the year with Durham and be in serious contention for a bullpen spot with Tampa Bay in 2012.
Erik Hahmann: Alex Torres gets more than a September call up and has success in the Rays bullpen in 2011.
Jason Hanselman: As the Rays did with Wade Davis and Jake McGee I could see the team keeping Chris Archer and Matt Moore attached at the hip in their ascent to the Show and the superstardom that is sure to follow. They'll both start out in Montgomery before moving on to Durham and absolutely demolishing the league at both stops.
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Jake Larsen: Rays will go college-heavy with first 5 picks of their 11 draft picks, but end up with a very balanced draft. Will overcome KC as top farm system due to draft and trading of a SP.
Mike Lortz: This is going to my BusLeaguesBaseball.com leanings, where we celebrate the minor league experience: On Monday, July 4th a young father with take his son or daughter to their first ever baseball game at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery. They’ll see Matt Moore strike out 10 Tennessee Smokies; Tim Beckham go 1 for 3, with a double, a walk, and a run scored; and the Biscuits win 5-2. The kid will be given a foul ball caught by a nearby fan, stay for the fireworks, and become a fan for life.
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Doug Milhoan: Two more lower-level breakouts, keep an eye on our last two 3rd round picks, Ryan Brett and Todd Glaesmann. Expect both in our 2012 top 10 prospects as Glaesmann turns tools into skills and Brett keeps producing with more power than expected to go along with speed and defense.
Tommy Rancel: Not sure he can be considered a prospect, but I think Matt Bush - if healthy - is a guy who can make an impact in 2011. The Rays are looking for young arms to build a bullpen around and Bush's mid 90's fastball and sharp breaking ball has all the potential to be one of those building blocks.
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Steve Slowinski: Desmond Jennings doesn't see any time in the majors this season until September call-ups. Maybe that's not the most groundbreaking prediction, but I think it has a pretty significant likelihood of happening unless Jennings really starts mashing down in Triple-A.
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Thanks again to all those who took the time to participate!