Last week Baseball America posted their list of the top 10 Rays prospects. In the same post, they also projected the Rays lineup, rotation and closer for the 2014 season…

C — John Jaso
1B
Ben Zobrist
2B
Sean Rodriguez
3B
Evan Longoria
SS
Reid Brignac
LF
Drew Vettleson
CF
Desmond Jennings
RF
B.J. Upton
DH
Josh Sale

SPDavid Price
SP
Jeremy Hellickson
SP
Matt Moore
SP
Jeff Niemann
SP
Wade Davis
Closer
Jake McGee

Before we critique this list, let’s keep in mind that they can only use players in the Rays organization. Obviously there will be numerous trades and free agent signings between now and 2014.

Still, there are a couple of problems

  • The inclusion of 2010 draftees Drew Vettleson and Josh Sale: Having those two in the starting lineup by 2014 is a bit optimistic considering how slow the Rays move their prospects along. It is not impossible, but we would be surprised.
  • BJ Upton: Upton will be a free agent following the 2012 season. We’d say the chances of Bossman still being with the Rays in 2014 are about 1%.

Otherwise, it is nice to see just how much of the core lineup could still be around in 2014, including the entire infield and four out of the six big league starting pitchers.

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  1. I don't know if I agree with McGee as "closer". Bullpen asset? Definitely. Closer? Who knows.

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