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Devil Rays Prospects
Posted by Chris Liss at 8/2/2006 5:29:00 PM
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After trading for Joel Guzman, look how stacked the Devil Rays are with young players. Delmon Young, B.J. Upton, Elijah Dukes, Rocco Baldelli, Carl Crawford, Dioneer Navarro, Guzman, Jonny Gomes, Jorge Cantu, Scott Kazmir, Jeff Niemann - the oldest among them is Gomes at 25. If Young and Dukes behave, this could be a very good nucleus going forward.


Talent does not equal effectiveness, particularly with a few of these hot-heated twerps. Yes, the Rays are stacked but they'd do well as an organization to "lay down the law" a little themselves with a few of these boys rather than waiting for the leagues to do it. Duke's "persecution" quote says it all -- he may be talented but he cannot handle the rigors and pressures of big league ball, at least not without a healthy serving of humble pie and several years of work with a psychologist.
Posted by eaglehawk at 8/2/2006 9:14:00 PM
The problem with the Rays is they have not handled their premium prospects properly....Why were Upton and Young (after great 2005 seasons) not called up last September? Only because the Rays wanted to prevent them from reaching free agency sooner- horrible reason- this is the difference between a good franchise and bad franchise....This would have been a great time to let these guys play....I know Upton's defense is bad, but why not give him a chance in the majors- This guy has the talent to be a Jose Reyes, Carl Crawford type bat- A guy that can hit .280+ w/ 15-20 HR/ 100+ Runs scored/ 60-90 RBI/ and 50+ SB.....a fantasy dream....and Young has the chance to be a .300+/30 HR/100 RBI/100 R/15 SB guy

They have done a great job drafting, but they need a quality organization in place to cultivate these prospects into quality major leaguers

Not to mention, the Rays have two players at high High A Visilia (R.Brignac + E.Longoria) and two pitchers (J.McGee + W.Davis) at Low A that are definitely in their future plans- stats are below....they are loaded!

High A:
SS Reid Brignac- .326/21 HR/83 RBI/.557 SLG


3b/2b Evan Longoria (3rd overall player taken in draft this year).
Combined High A + Short Season A: .350/12 HR/39 RBI/.678 SLG in only 143 AB's

Low A SW Michigan
LHP Jacob McGee- 2.75 ERA/143 K in 118 IP

RHP Wade Davis- 3.38 ERA/130 K in 117 IP

Posted by jbbritto at 8/3/2006 1:42:00 AM
If you look at what Young did in Triple-A last year, I think you can make a pretty good case that he wasn't really ready for the majors. Maybe it would have been a nice gesture, albeit somewhat pointless. I don't really have a problem with him not getting the call. Less so Upton, who at the very least was ready with the bat.
Posted by Erickson at 8/3/2006 4:49:00 PM
And how many of those guys help their biggest weakness of all, pitching? The lineup they have now can score some runs. Their pitching(bullpen included) with the exception of Kazmir is horrible, and if a few of them turn out to be stars, the chances of them sticking around with Tampa is slim to none. It's kinda sad because you like to root for them to amount to something in Tampa but I just never see it happening, which is sad for baseball. This just makes the Yankees and Red Sox of the world drool even more, if anything.
Posted by schwang2u at 8/4/2006 12:13:00 AM

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