The Tampa Bay Rays’ farm system improved in a hurry Sunday night, as the team acquired outfielder Wil Myers, right-hander Jake Odorizzi, left-hander Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for James Shields and Wade Davis.
The generous package of high-upside, cost-controlled prospects offered by the Royals replenished the Rays’ system with players capable of contributing in 2013 and, hopefully, for many years after.
In my opinion, the team’s Nos. 1 and 2 prospects (no spoilers) are locks given their age, previous successes and substantial upside at their positions. After that, however, many of the spots are close calls and basically interchangeable.
Even after the acquisition of Myers, arguably the top hitter in the minor leagues last season, the Rays’ system is still short on projectable, impact bats. One thing they do have is young pitching. Therefore, it wouldn’t surprise me if they initiated a trade at some point this season and dangled either Enny Romero, Alex Colome or Blake Snell as bait.
Either way, the Tampa Bay Rays’ farm system is in fine shape headed into the 2013 season.
Here's a look at their top 10 prospects.