It’s about time. It might not be this year, but with the young talent the Tampa Devil Rays have waiting in the wings and currently on the team, we could be seeing the Rays push themselves out of the cellar and at least put together a string of winning seasons, it not contending for the playoffs.
Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus recently listed his top ten Devil Rays prospects and you get four “excellent” prospects and “three” very good ones. The final prognosis is that the Rays have best the crop of prospects out there right now.
Delmon Young comes in at number and he’ll be on the field for Devil Rays in 2007. Evan Longoria was only drafted in 2006, but already he’s a guy you could see on the big league club in August or September. He comes in at number two. NUmber three is shortstop Reid Brignac, who’s also a guy who you could see up at some point. Regardless, you’re looking at the left hand side of the infield for the next few years in Longoria and Brignac.
Number four is the first pitcher on the list. Jeff Niemann is also a prospect who’s close. He’ll start the season in Triple A after a solid season at Double A. Number five and six are Jacob McGee and Wade Davis. Both pitched in Low A and they’re still a couple of years away.
Good stuff though, and the Devil Rays minor league system may be worth watching more then the big league club.
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