Baseball America released their organizational rankings yesterday and the Rays come in a solid 4th, behind the Cardinals, Mariners and Rangers. They were 11th last season, so that's quite an improvement. It helps when you land one of the best prospects in the game in Wil Myers, along with Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard. Home grown prospects Chris Archer and Hak-Ju Lee also help strengthen the Rays stance as one of the top minor league systems.
Dan Szymborski's ZiPS projections for the Rays are out. Evan Longoria is projected to be the team's best player with a .353 wOBA and 5.2 WAR. Wil Myers is actually projected to lead the team in home runs with 26. David Price leads the way on the pitching side with 3.03 ERA/3.24 FIP and 5.1 WAR. Jake McGee projects as the most valuable reliever, narrowly nudging out Fernando Rodney.
In other Rays news, Matthews Leach has a nice little piece on the upside of the Rays offense for MLB.com. I had forgotten they were fourth in the AL in runs scored on the road last season. They're not a bad offense, they're just an average one who gets suppressed by their home ballpark.
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