Sickels Names Rays Top 20

What an amazing collection of pitching. You have two potential number one starters in Hellickson and Moore. You have a future closer in McGee, then a bunch of lively arms who could develop into 2/3/4 starters. There is also a bunch of very interesting bullpen fodder in the Grade C group. I love the way the Rays develop pitching; I love that they don’t rush most of these guys, and let them build up innings and experience at each level.

John Sickels is one of the premiere names in minor league prospecting. I have been a long-time fan of his work at MinorLeagueBall.com and the self-published book he produces each year. Click here to read his grades and comments on each player; just the rankings are below:

  1. Jeremy Hellickson – RHP
  2. Matt Moore – LHP
  3. Desmond Jennings – OF
  4. Jake McGee – LHP
  5. Josh Sale – OF
  6. Alex Colome – RHP
  7. Alex Torres – LHP
  8. Enny Romero – LHP
  9. Jake Thompson – RHP
  10. Justin O’Conner – C
  11. Drew Vettleson – OF
  12. Alex Cobb – RHP
  13. Nick Barnese – RHP
  14. Joe Cruz – RHP
  15. Scott Shuman – RHP
  16. Wilking Rodriguez – RHP
  17. Braulio Lara – LHP
  18. Leslie Anderson – OF/1B
  19. Ryan Brett – 2B
  20. Tim Beckham – SS

The top three choices from this past draft make the Top 11 slots which is both impressive and a bit worrisome about how poorly the 2009 draft played out for the club. Additionally, the former top overall pick from the 2008 draft barely making this list is more salt in the wound for not drafting Buster Posey. It was good the club spent three high picks on hitters because they are sorely needed because this list contains way too much pitching for my liking.

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