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  1. #211
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    Mexican Pacific League
    Lefthander Heath Phillips had another good start in the Caneros de los Mochis 3-2 victory last night. He went 7.0 innings giving up 5 hits and 1 earned run with 2 walks and 8 strikeouts. In 19.0 innings over three starts in the MPL he's only allowed 3 earned runs.

    Arizona Fall League
    Desmond Jennings is starting in CF for the Peoria Javelinas in this afternoon's game against the Peoria Saguaros. Three Rays in today's lineup:

    Henry RF
    Russo 3B
    Miranda 1B
    Hughes, R DH
    Valaika SS
    Turner 2B
    Spring C
    Cain LF
    Jennings CF
    SP is Marquez

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    BA Draft Report Card
    This is a little bit old, but for people who may not have seen it, BaseballAmerica did their 2008 draft report card on the Rays. It's insider-only, so I'll just post some of the interesting stuff here:


    BEST PURE HITTER: SS Tim Beckham (1), the No. 1 overall pick, slumped early but batted .275 in the final month and the Rays believe he'll be a five-tool player. They're also enthused about the lefty bats of C Jake Jefferies (3), 1B Mike Sheridan (5) and OF Anthony Scelfo (8).

    BEST SECONDARY PITCH: RHP Shane Dyer's (6) knuckle-curve. (Kyle) Lobstein and RHP Jason McEachern (13) also have good curveballs, and LHP Josh Satow (25) owns a deceptive changeup.

    CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS: Beckham and Lobstein should move fast for high schoolers. Gorgen may not need much time to get ready for big league bullpen duty.

    BEST LATE-ROUND PICK: McEachern or Gorgen. McEachern was throwing just 82-84 mph in the summer before his high school senior year, but he's now up to 88-92 mph and there's more projection remaining with his body and delivery.

    I was a huge fan of McEachern of at the time of the pick, and he had a solid enough pro debut. He's almost a full year younger than a lot of other HS draftees(he didn't turn 18 until October), so he'll be back at Princeton in 2009, likely as part of the rotation.

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    Prospect Poll: #3 Pitcher
    Wade Davis wins the Rays #2 Pitching Prospect with 58% of the vote. Jeremy Hellickson was 2nd with 16% and Matt Moore 3rd with 11%. Replacing Davis in the poll for #3 is LHP James Houser, our 2003 2nd round pick. For pitcher statistics (you'll have to search by name) see Baseball-Reference, First Inning, StatCorner, or Minor League Baseball.

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    Its almost not fair how many prospects you guys have. Its just crazy that a guy with Wade davis's talent can't find himself a spot in the rays rotation

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    Tuesday Notes
    In the Arizona Fall League yesterday the Peoria Javelinas beat the Mesa Solar Sox 13-9. Rhyne Hughes was 2-5 (double, homer) with 2 runs scored, an RBI, and 2 strikeouts. Mike Wlodarczyk pitched 1.1 innings in relief, giving up 4 earned runs on 4 hits with a walk and 3 strikeouts. The Javelinas (12-17) play the Solar Sox (18-11) again today at 2:35 eastern.

    BA reports the following Rays transactions:
    Released: RHP Josh Johnson, RHP Jason Ragan, LHP Brian Henderson, 2B Seth Dhaenens, 3B Jeff Carroll, OF Jason Appel (our 22nd round pick in the 2008 draft), OF Garrett Groce.
    Granted free agency: C Michel Hernandez.
    Removed from 40-man roster: C Michel Hernandez.

    Rays Index takes a look at how much our pitchers were used in 2008 and what that means for next year. The biggest concern is Matt Garza, followed by James Shields and Edwin Jackson.

    The Bowling Green Hot Rods (A) announced the hiring of their radio broadcaster for the 2009 season. Tom Gauthier will serve as 'The Voice of the Hot Rods' on 1340 WBGN, The Ticket. Hot Rods games will also be on the internet at bghotrods.com.

    Wlodarczyk has updated his AFL blog:
    On a lighter note, someone has been putting powdered Kool-Aid in peoples shoes in the clubhouse. The other day, Ryan Reid's feet were stained red after wearing a pair of spikes that were "cherry flavored". He is still trying to find the culprit.

    Tyler's Articles highlights the fine years Dan Johnson and Chris Richard had in AAA.

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    BaseballAmerica Rays Top 10
    Can be found here. 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."

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    I can't wait for Tim Beckham to come up and play.

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    Top 15 Hitters: #15 Elias Otero
    Elias Otero
    62" 166 lbs DOB: 12/19/1987
    Shortstop/2nd baseman 20 years old
    2008: Princeton
    Acquired: Undrafted free agent(New Mexico JC)

    This is the only guy on the list who is basically here for his stat line: a .332/.398/.534 line at Princeton this year from a middle infielder is impressive, even though he was playing mostly against younger competition. With Tim Beckham also in Princeton, Otero mainly played 2nd base, though he can also play shortstop.

    On the scouting side, well, there just isn't much(any, really) information on him. About all I know is that he was drafted out of the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy by the Pirates in 2005(21st round), but he didn't sign and attended New Mexico Junior College.

    Middle infielders, even old ones, posting a .932 OPS in the Appy League is impressive enough to get him on the list, though he's something of a question mark with only one season's worth of at-bats and virtually no scouting info on him. He'll probably begin 2009 at Hudson Valley, although there's an outside shot they push him to the slightly more age-appropriate level in low-A and Bowling Green. If he's able to replicate his 2008 stat line, then he could really emerge as someone to watch for going forward.

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    Seems to be a lot of Rays fans from Florida in here/ sarcasm.

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    Rays Top Prospects By Affiliate
    Tampa Bay RaysHere are where the players on our Top 30 Rays Prospects list (plus honorable mentions and Aneury Rodriguez) will start the season.

    Tampa Bay Rays:
    5. Jeff Niemann
    13. Fernando Perez (DL)

    Durham Bulls:
    1. David Price
    2. Wade Davis
    6. Reid Brignac
    7. Mitch Talbot
    15. John Jaso
    27. Justin Ruggiano
    HM. Chris Nowak
    HM. Elliot Johnson
    Note: 16. James Houser is on the Rehab roster but is expected to join the team.

    Montgomery Biscuits:
    4. Jeremy Hellickson
    8. Desmond Jennings
    11. Heath Rollins
    HM. Rhyne Hughes
    HM. Chris Mason
    HM. Aneury Rodriguez - Acquired after the list was done. If I had to go back and place him (based on stats, age, what reports I've read) he would be around the #10-12 range of pitchers, so in the middle to late teens on the Top 30 list.
    Note: 22. Ryan Reid is on the Rehab roster but is expected to join the team.

    Charlotte Stone Crabs:
    14. Alex Cobb
    21. Reid Fronk
    28. Matt Gorgen
    30. Ryan Royster
    HM. Austin Hinkle
    HM. Justin Garcia
    HM. David Newmann
    Note: 12. Jake McGee is on the Rehab roster but is expected to join the team.

    Bowling Green Hot Rods:
    3. Tim Beckham
    10. Matt Moore
    18. Joseph Cruz
    24. Jake Jefferies
    25. Shane Dyer
    HM. Mike Sheridan
    HM. Jason Corder
    HM. Mike McCormick
    Note: 9. Nick Barnese is on the Rehab roster but is expected to join the team.
    Note: 20. Kyeong Kang is on the Rehab roster but is expected to join the team.

    Extended Spring Training:
    17. Kyle Lobstein
    19. Albert Suarez
    23. Jason McEachern
    26. Alexander Colome
    29. Ty Morrison
    HM. Brian Bryles
    HM. Elias Otero
    HM. D.J. Jones
    HM. Mark Thomas

    Rehab:
    9. Nick Barnese - A
    12. Jake McGee - A+
    16. James Houser - AAA
    20. Kyeong Kang - A
    22. Ryan Reid - AA
    HM. Will Kline - Not known where he will play when he returns, expect A+ or AA.

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    Cobb Looking To Lead Stone Crabs In 2009‏
    [This article was written by Nick Hanson, one of our Charlotte Stone Crabs correspondents. He attended the Stone Crabs Media Night on Tuesday night, where he took this picture and spoke with Alex Cobb.]

    The Charlotte Stone Crabs will begin their existence tonight at Charlotte Sports Park, and righthander Alex Cobb will be the first to toe the rubber for the club. Cobb has known he will deliver the first pitch for the franchise for over a week, but the honor still amazes him. "It's a huge honor, and it means a lot. It's an honor to get a place in history here," said Cobb.

    He was drafted in the 4th round of the 2006 draft by the then Devil Rays, and has steadily worked his way through the lower levels of the organization. He began his professional career in 2006 for rookie-level Princeton, appearing in six games (one start) but not recording a decision. In 2007, he moved up to short-season A-ball Hudson Valley, where he started 16 games, compiling a 5-6 record with a 3.54 ERA. Last season, he pitched for low class-A Columbus, where his record was a solid 9-7 with a 3.29 ERA, striking out 97 in 139.2 innings.

    However, Cobb won't be thinking about the past as he begins a new future for Port Charlotte. "This place has been top class, and it just can't get any better," said Cobb. His goals are mostly identical to any pitcher, but he has a great shot of reaching them. "I want to go out every day and compete, stay strong, become a more well-rounded player, and step my game up," said Cobb. "You can never take this for granted, and I've been working hard to get this [opening night starter] honor."

    Cobb will oppose Alex Burnett tonight, with first pitch at 7:35 p.m. from Charlotte Sports Park.

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    Minor League Informer: Games of 5/3

    AAA: Durham Bulls - 4, Columbus - 2

    The starter yesterday for the Bulls was top prospect Wade Davis, who's start was less than ideal. Only going five innings, he had three strikeouts and three walks, giving up only two earned runs on six hits. Matt Joyce went 1-3 with a double and a walk, and Jon Weber went 1-4 with a double and a run batted in.

    Other Notables:

    Jason Isringhausen - 1 IP, 0 ER

    Wilson Abreu - 1.2 IP, 3 K, 0 ER

    AA: Postponed Due To Rain

    A+: Charlotte Stone Crabs - 5, Fort Myers - 6

    Non-Prospect Lefty David Newmann got the start, David is a 24 year old who's previously had Tommy John surgery. David went six innings, struck out five, and gave up three runs on five hits. Cody Cipriano hit a three-run home run in the third inning, but the Stone Crabs would be shut down after that and a blown save would cost them the game.

    Other Notables:

    Austin Hinkle: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R(0 ER), 2K, 2 BB

    A: Bowling Green Hot Rods - 3, Rome - 10

    2008 Sixth Round draft selection Shane Dyer was the starting pitcher. Despite getting over two-thirds ground outs, Dyer was handed the loss by giving up four earned runs in six innings, he did strike out 6, while only walking one. Tim Beckham drove in two of the Hot Rod's runs, via a triple in the fifth inning. Beckham is now batting .284/.310/.383 with one homer, clearly he still has much learning to do.

    Other Notables:

    Jake Jeffries - 1-4

    Mike Sheridan - 0-3, Walk
    http://www.draysbay.com/2009/5/4/864...r-games-of-5-3

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    Minor League Update 5/7
    Durham 8 Charlotte 7

    Reid Brignac went 3-4 with a double and also walked. Matt Joyce had the monster day and it came as Durham's DH. In four at-bats, Joyce had two hits - including a three run homerun-and knocked in four runs total. Mitch Talbot was relatively poor, going five, walking four, and only striking two hitters out. Dale Thayer recorded two outs while allowing one baserunner.

    Montgomery 4 Birmingham 13

    Oh deary me. Desmond Jennings went 0-3, Rhyne Hughes 0-5, and new addition Jason Perry went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Rehabbing Shawn RIggans was the DH and recorded a hit in four plate appearances. Aneury Rodriguez pitched five with four walks, four Ks, and a homerun allowed. Michael Wlodarczyk is the one to blame for the nasty final score. In two innings Wloddy walked four and allowed five hits/seven earned runs. Eduardo Morlan pitched a perfect inning while striking one out.
    http://www.draysbay.com/2009/5/7/868...gue-update-5-7

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    Well, it's been a year, so I thought this thread could use an update.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/today...10/269307.html

    TOP 10

    1. Desmond Jennings, of
    2. Jeremy Hellickson, rhp
    3. Wade Davis, rhp
    4. Matt Moore, lhp
    5. Reid Brignac, ss
    6. Tim Beckham, ss
    7. Alexander Colome, rhp
    8. Jake McGee, lhp
    9. Alex Torres, lhp
    10. Nick Barnese, rhp

    BEST TOOLS

    Best Hitter for Average: Desmond Jennings
    Best Power Hitter: Matt Sweeney
    Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Desmond Jennings
    Fastest Baserunner: Fernando Perez
    Best Athlete: Desmond Jennings
    Best Fastball: Jeremy Hellickson
    Best Curveball: Matt Moore
    Best Slider: Alex Torres
    Best Changeup: Jeremy Hellickson
    Best Control: Jeremy Hellickson
    Best Defensive Catcher: Nevin Ashley
    Best Defensive Infielder: Reid Brignac
    Best Infield Arm: Tim Beckham
    Best Defensive Outfielder: Desmond Jennings
    Best Outfield Arm: Todd Glaesmann

    PROJECTED 2012 LINEUP

    Catcher: Kelly Shoppach
    First Base: Carlos Pena
    Second Base: Reid Brignac
    Third Base: Evan Longoria
    Shortstop: Jason Bartlett
    Left Field: Carl Crawford
    Center Field: Desmond Jennings
    Right Field: B.J. Upton
    Designated Hitter: Ben Zobrist
    No. 1 Starter: David Price
    No. 2 Starter: James Shields
    No. 3 Starter: Matt Garza
    No. 4 Starter: Jeremy Hellickson
    No. 5 Starter: Jeff Niemann
    Closer: Wade Davis

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