The Rays minor league system is ranked second by ESPN.com

Probably second even before they dealt Matt Garza, they’re now No. 2 with a bullet and not far behind Kansas City for No. 1. They’re absolutely loaded, with top-end talent near that of K.C., but not the extensive depth of prospects the Royals have. The Rays have focused on arms and impact bats in the middle of the field, mixing in the occasional corner bat (Josh Sale), but mostly recognizing that replacement level is so low right now for certain positions and roster spots that there’s still some hidden value to be found. They also boast more picks in the first three rounds of the 2011 draft than any other club, so look for the prospect-rich to get richer.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • If you go to the Podcast section of the 620 WDAE homepage, you can listen to Rocco Baldelli’s retirement press conference. [620 WDAE]
  • Marc Topkin has some quotes from Rocco Baldelli and Andrew Friedman. [TampaBay.com]
  • And here is some video of Rocco Baldelli speaking with the press. [The Heater]
  • Baseball America also has the organization ranked second. Marc Topkin has their list of the top 30 Rays prospects. [The Heater]
  • We will have our updated roster projections later today, but here is Gary Shelton’s take on what Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon mean for the roster and lineup. [TampaBay.com]
  • Will the Bucs and Barrett Ruud be able to find a common ground on a new contract? [Joe Bucs Fan]
  • Evan Longoria will be the featured speaker tonight for the Long Beach State baseball team’s “Leadoff Dinner.” [Press-Telegram]
  • Roland Hedley Jon Heyman ranks Andrew Friedman as one of the off-season’s winners. [SI.com]
  • Neil Solondz got a chance to interview newly acquired pitching prospect Chris Archer. [YouTube]
  • We’re guessing the error rate for comparables at age-24 is pretty high, but here is a look at what Rocco Baldelli’s career might have looked like is had been able to stay healthy. [Fangraphs.com]

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    1. Don says:

      a cute blip from Sheldon in St. Pete Times…..Maddon is busy filling out “163″ lineup cards for the upcoming season….but a rain WON’T be necessary Sheldon…

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