I had a chance to read through the scouting reports for Baseball America’s top ten Rays prospects. There’s no surprise that Jeremy Hellickson is number one. He’s not only major league ready, he’s had some success at the big league level when he finished the season with the team. The only thing that keeps people from penciling in Hellickson into the rotation is all of the arms the Rays have. Still, he should start the season in the back of the rotation but he could be a future ace.
The hard throwing Matt Moore comes in at number two. Moore struck out 208 145 innings and it’ll be interesting to see what this guy can do in Double-A. Again, the big problem is too much pitching, which when you think about it, really isn’t a problem, it’s a luxury most teams wish they had.
Number three is top postion player, Desmond Jennings. The outfielder put up solid numbers at Durham and got his cub of coffee. If things work out right, Jennings will hopefully make people forget Carl Crawford in a few years. Jake McGee (lefty, major league ready) and Josh Sale (Rays top pick in 2010) round out the top five.