Baseball America has unveiled their list of the top ten prospects in the Rays organization and Chris Archer is on top. Here’s the top ten, along with their highest level, and ranking last year in parantheses…

  1. Chris Archer, SP, MLB (3) — 6th round, 2006 (CLE)
  2. Taylor Guerrieri, SP, low-A (4) — 1st round, 2011
  3. Hak-Ju Lee, SS, double-A (2) — undrafted, 2009 (CHC)
  4. Alex Colome, SP, triple-A (5),  — undrafted, 2008
  5. Richie Shaffer, 3B, low-A (NR) — 1st round, 2012
  6. Enny Romero, SP, single-A (8) — undrafted, 2009
  7. Blake Snell, SP, low-A (20) — 1st round, 2011
  8. Tim Beckham, 2B/SS, triple-A (7) — 1st round, 2008
  9. Derek Dietrich, 2B, double-A (NR) — 2nd round, 2010
  10. Drew Vettleson, OF, single-A (9) — 1st round, 2010

Of the ten prospects, there is a good mix of pitchers and non-pitchers, as five are starting pitchers, down from six in 2012. And if we consider Archer to be in triple-A, three of the prospects are in triple-A, two are in double-A, and the other five are in single-A or lower.

As we do every year, we will collect these lists and come up with an overall look at the Rays top prospects sometime in January or February.



  1. phil says:

    Get tim Beckham off the list...put Jack Hager or Todd Glasemann on the list!

  2. don says:

    Oh they do a great job with pitching (recruits/prospects) now if someone in the organization could find a hitter...they might have something going...

  3. Brianknowsbest says:

    How did Mahtook not crack the top 10?? is that a mistake?

    • Cork Gaines says:

      I dont think it is a mistake. Mahtook is an interesting case. He's about as close as you can get to a can't miss prospect. That is, he could probably play in the big leagues right now. But, I think the general feeling is that he doesn't have much of an upside. He is what he is. And that's a taller Sam Fuld. He will hit OK, steal some bases, and play good defense. The Rays love players like that. But he also might never be an everyday player. So if you were making a list of prospects most likely to make it to the big leagues, then yes, Mahtook is top five. But if you are going on potential, he's not top ten.

  4. Joe D. says:

    Prof., What do you make of 3 of the top 6 being undrafted?

    Then high round picks at the bottom? Good? Bad? Just, seems odd...

  5. Brianknowsbest says:

    it shows the rays baseball academys in south america are starting to have an impact. or at least their scouting in south america.


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