The Rays’ farm system was weakened with the graduation of American League Rookie of the Year Wil Myers and runner-up Chris Archer to the major leagues in 2013. However, as usual, it has an endless supply of major league-ready arms in the upper levels poised to make an impact next season.
Replacing Myers as Tampa Bay’s top prospect is left-hander Enny Romero, who flashed his potential during a late-season spot start with the Rays in the heat of a playoff race.
After that is a trio of right-handers in Jake Odorizzi, Alex Colome and Jesse Hahn, who could all be in the starting rotation by the end of the 2015 season. Both Odorizzi and Colome are expected to spend a majority of the 2014 season in the major leagues and could even compete for a rotation spot should David Price be moved this offseason.
In terms of positional talent, 2013 first-round draft pick Nick Ciuffo stands out for his potential as a dual-threat catcher, as does center fielder Andrew Toles for his game-changing speed. The Rays also have a solid collection of high-floor up-the-middle players in shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, second baseman Ryan Brett and center fielder Kevin Kiermaier.
Here’s a look at the Tampa Bay Rays’ top-10 prospects for 2014.