The Tampa Bay Rays have some sleeper prospects that will be trying to make great impressions throughout February and March.
There will likely not be any fans in the stands wearing their jerseys. In fact, there will probably be a large contingent of the attendance that will have to ask their neighbor for the details of the unknown player with a high jersey number.
That is part of the definition of a sleeper prospect. These are the players that will be at spring training that are not part of the top-10 prospect list provided by Baseball America, as these players have higher current expectations. They are also not currently on the 40-man roster, decreasing the odds of them making it to the majors at the end of the spring.
Some of these players will find their way to the majors at some point this season or contribute significant impact to their minor league affiliates.
Most importantly for the Rays, prospects are the lifeblood of the organization, since they cannot afford to go to the free-agent market to fill all of their vacancies. Talented players have to be developed in the farm system to eventually compete at the major league level without a major league price tag.
Here are four sleeper prospects for the Rays that are worth keeping an eye on during spring training.
All statistics courtesy of baseball-reference unless otherwise noted.