Tag:Tampa Bay Rays
Posted on: January 15, 2008 8:42 pm

A Ray of Hope

I originally posted this in the MLB forum, but wanted to repeat it here, now that we have Blogs! 

The Rays are so loaded in the minor leagues it's just sickening.  Here's a "what if their prospects were all ready right now, and they actually kept some of the good players already in the majors".
Here's their team.

1. Desmond Jennings, CF, (LoA, 21)
.315/.401/.465, 45 SB (75% success rate)

2. B.J. Upton, RF (ML, 22)
.300/.386/.508, 24 HR, 22 SB (73% success rate)

3. Evan Longoria, 3B (AAA, 21)
.300/.402/.520 26 HR

4. Carlos Pena, 1B (ML, 29)
.282/.411/.627, 46 HR

5. Rocco Baldelli, DH (ML, 25)
.302/.339/.502, 16 HR
(Using a CF as a DH?  Yes, that's how good the other three guys are--who can all also play CF.  He'd be a 4th OF, but play mostly DH since he's always hurt.  These are his stats from 2006, where he only had 300 ab.)

6. Carl Crawford, LF (ML, 25)
.315/.355/.466, 50 SB (83%)

7.  John Jaso, C (AA, 23)

8. Reid Brignac, SS (AA, 21)
.260/.328/.433, 17 HR

9. Akinori Iwamura, 2B (ML, 28)

That's an incredible lineup, and only two of the guys (who will be 29 and 30 next season) will be over the age of 26.  There's no way they all player at the same time.

The pitching staff will be just as good.

1. Scott Kazmir, LHP (ML, 23)
13-9, 3.48 ERA, 1.38 WHIP

2. Matt Garza, RHP (ML, 23)
5-7, 3.69 ERA, 1.54 WHIP

3. David Price, LHP (College, 21)

4. Jake McGee, LHP (AA, 20)
8-6, 3.15 ERA, 1.12 WHIP

5. Wade Davis, RHP (AA, 21)
10-3, 2.50 ERA, 1.13 WHIP

6. Jamie Shields, RHP (ML, 25)
12-8, 3.85 ERA, 1.11 WHIP

There isn't just one Ace in this batch, there are four potential aces, and Wade Davis is no slouch.  And that's not all--they have Jeff Neimann and Jeremy Hellickson both as top prospects. 

These guys are seriously loaded.
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