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Baseball America: 2014 Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 Prospects

You’ve got Emeel Salem...still?

TOP 10 PROSPECTS

1. Jake Odorizzi, rhp
2. Hak-Ju Lee, ss
3. Taylor Guerrieri, rhp
4. Enny Romero, lhp
5. Alex Colome, rhp
6. Andrew Toles, of
7. Nick Ciuffo, c
8. Ryan Brett, 2b
9. Tim Beckham, ss/2b
10. Kevin Kiermaier, cf

The Rays also are deep in position players up the middle—including such prospects as shortstops Hak-Ju Lee and Tim Beckham, center fielder Andrew Toles, catcher Nick Ciuffo and second baseman Ryan Brett—thanks in part to a plethora of extra draft picks garnered as free agent compensation earlier in the decade.

If there is a flaw to the Tampa Bay farm system, however, it centers on the lack of development shown by several high draft picks, particularly the unprecedented seven supplemental first-rounders from 2011.

The organization also has been hit hard with some character and makeup issues, including eight minor leaguers receiving 50-game suspensions over the past two years for recreational-drug and stimulant abuse.

That list includes a trio of first-rounders from the 2008 (Beckham), 2010 (outfielder Josh Sale) and 2011 (righthander Taylor Guerrieri) drafts.

Sale, the 17th overall pick in 2010, headlines that motley crew after missing all of 2013 due to a pair of suspensions, the second from the organization for his behavior and social media posts regarding a visit to a strip club.

Repoz Posted: December 12, 2013 at 06:26 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 12, 2013 at 07:40 AM (#4616483)
The organization also has been hit hard with some character and makeup issues, including eight minor leaguers receiving 50-game suspensions over the past two years for recreational-drug and stimulant abuse.

Meh...none of these guys could hold a candle to Elijah Dukes or Toe Nash.
   2. Misirlou is on hiding to nowhere Posted: December 12, 2013 at 08:46 AM (#4616493)
Josh Hamilton says high.
   3. Random Transaction Generator Posted: December 12, 2013 at 09:14 AM (#4616498)
I feel like we've been waiting for Hak-Ju Lee to make the majors forever, but he's only 22 years old.
   4. Jim Wisinski Posted: December 12, 2013 at 10:11 AM (#4616537)
Lee would almost certainly have appeared in the majors last year but he tore his ACL
   5. Eric Ferguson Posted: December 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM (#4616540)
I love the Rays, but it definitely seems like they should have a better farm system -- I mean, at least 2% better.
   6. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: December 12, 2013 at 02:36 PM (#4616823)
I saw Emeel Salem play for the Hudson Valley Renegades a few years back, and thought his name would've been better backwards: Mel Asleeme (pronounced "ASS-leem")...
   7. KT's Pot Arb Posted: December 13, 2013 at 10:48 AM (#4617355)
It's interesting that Jake Odorrizzi, whom KC threw into the Myers deal presumably to get Wade Davis, is #1 in Tampa's system. It's partly an indictment of Tampa's system current state, but mostly just another example of how horrible that trade was for KC.
   8. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 13, 2013 at 10:54 AM (#4617364)
Please, KT's Pot Arb, tell us more about the Myers trade. We're all curious about any opinions you might have on this fast-developing story.

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