*If I’m wrong you can feel justified asking for your money back as I’ve seen few of these guys. I try to stay away from other people’s lists to avoid bias so this one probably will seem a little out of left field compared to the rest of the Rays blogosphere. Age is for the upcoming season and level is a guess at where they will spend the majority of their season. As always, #flameon
36: Andrew Toles, 23, AA, CF
Legit athlete needs to channel energy into the game. Bat is a question mark, but has wheels and a glove. High volatility, but I didn’t want to leave him off #CYA
35: Burch Smith, 25, AAA, RHRP
Still a starter, but all signs point to a future in the pen where his deception will help and his stuff will play up. He looks like a busted prospect that will be going under the knife soon. Maybe that will help get him back to what he was a few years ago when he had some shine.
34: Nolan Gannon, 22, A-, RHSP
Remains a starter until he shows he can’t handle the load. Gannon is coming off a quietly nice season in Hudson Valley, albeit, at a park that slightly favors pitchers overall and very much so when it comes to limiting dingers. Keep an eye on him, but I don’t see a huge ceiling.
33: Tyler Goeddel, 22, AA, 3B
Position is pretty barren in the system which makes some sense with the big guy atop the pile in Tampa Bay. Goeddel is projectable, but needs to make strides across the board to turn those tools into skills. Someone handing him a sandwich could only help.
32: Johnny Field, 23, A+, CF
Gamer. Gritmonster. Hustle. Loyalty. Respect. Field is a classic “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight” guy which is really easy for most fans to pull for. Speed is good, not great. Bat to ball skills are good, not great. Probably not a CF, but if he can stay on the position he’ll have a chance to climb lists.
31: C.J. Riefenhauser, 25, AAA, LHRP
Riefer is this high simply because I think he’s going to have an impact in the Show this year. He’s a lefty one out guy, but every single team has a need for that. While I don’t think he’s the best iteration in the system (Beliveau, Montgomery?) I think Mr. Charles has a really high floor and is ready to contribute.