BaseballAmerica Rays Top 10
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. Biggest surprise to me is Matt Moore at #6, which is ahead of Barnese(#7) and Hellickson(#8).
No big surprises on the Best Tools list. Tidbits from the insider-only scouting reports:
1. David Price: "He has two plus-plus pitches with a mid-90s fastball and a biting slider. His fastball has outstanding movement with late armside run. His slider is reminiscent of John Smoltz's with its depth and 87-88 mph velocity."
2. Tim Beckham: "With his plus bat speed and the leverage in his swing, the Rays believe he'll develop 20-homer power. Defensively, he has fluid actions, good range, soft hands and a strong arm."
3. Wade Davis: "Davis is one of the premier power pitching prospects in the game. His four-seam fastball sits in the low to mid-90s, and he can dial it up to 95-96 mph when needed. He throws his hard 11-to-5 curveball with plus control, and it's filthy when he produces two-plane break."
4. Reid Brignac: "One of the premier glovemen in Triple-A, he has a solid arm and good quickness. He also has shown plus power for a middle infielder and the ability to use the entire field. A good athlete, he possesses above-average speed and an excellent feel for the game."
5. Desmond Jennings: "Jennings has the exceptional speed and the discerning eye to become a prototypical leadoff hitter and center fielder. His strike-zone judgment rates among the best in the system."
6. Matt Moore: "Moore's easy delivery produces a 92-95 mph fastball that has added velocity in the past year. He also throws a tight, late-breaking curveball that was virtually unhittable in the Appy League. After Moore improved his control, there isn't much not to like."
7. Nick Barnese: "Barnese pounds the lower half of the strike zone with a low-90s fastball that features excellent late life. His three-quarters breaking ball also has late action with good depth. He has good control and command, and he mixes his pitches well."
8. Jeremy Hellickson: "Hellickson has the best overall stuff of anyone in the system not named Price. He has a lively low-90s fastball that touches 95 mph, a curveball he'll throw in any count and a solid changeup."
9. Jake McGee: "Few lefthanders have better stuff than a healthy McGee, who has a fastball that resides in the mid-90s and touches 98. He also throws a power three-quarters breaking ball with good tilt. He has improved his changeup to where it shows signs of becoming a plus pitch when he trusts it."
10. Jeff Niemann: "Niemann possesses two above-average pitches, a fastball that sits in the low 90s and tops out at 95 mph and a hard curveball that acts much like a slider on occasion. He has developed a splitter to use as a changeup and looked more comfortable throwing it in 2008."