Rays take charge of 2020 prospect rankings

Franco stays No. 1 overall; Tampa Bay holds six Top 100 slots

Led by 18-year-old Wander Franco, each of the first five players on the new Top 100 prospect list is 22 or younger.

By Joe Bloss | January 25, 2020 3:57 PM ET

Wander Franco -- a shortstop who turns 19 on March 1 -- is one of six Tampa Bay Rays Minor Leaguers on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospect rankings, which were revealed Saturday afternoon.

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Cardinals deal for Rays lefty Liberatore

2018 first-round pick has racked up 113 whiffs in 111 pro frames

Matthew Liberatore held foes to a .237 average in 78 1/3 innings for Bowling Green in 2019. (Chris Robertson/KZONE images)

By Kelsie Heneghan and Joe Bloss | January 9, 2020 7:59 PM ET

The St. Louis Cardinals nabbed 2018 first-rounder Matthew Liberatore, catcher Edgardo Rodriguez and a 66th overall pick from the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielders Randy Arozarena, Jose Martinez and a 38th overall pick.

Kelsie Heneghan is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kelsie_Heneghan. Joe Bloss is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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2020 Prospect Projections: AL East rookies

McKay ready to help Rays rotation; Garcia, Pearson should wait

Brendan McKay's 1.10 ERA ranked second among Minor Leaguers with at least 70 innings in 2019. (Chris Robertson/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | January 7, 2020 10:08 AM ET

Two-way Rays prospect Brendan McKay would fit right into his Major League club's starting rotation, according to Steamer600's projections for the 2020 season.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Franco, Ryan top Rays' deep prospect pool

Talent on MiLB.com's top farm system bodes well for the future

Wander Franco played at two levels in 2019, finishing with a .339 average over 52 FSL games. (Mark LoMoglio/Tampa Tarpons)

By Rob Terranova | December 13, 2019 10:25 AM ET

Wander Franco and Joe Ryan aren't too far behind impactful reinforcements Brendan McKay and Colin Poche, so the Tampa Bay Rays look to be electric for the foreseeable future.

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Winter Meetings notes: A's, Rays, Angels

Prospect updates on Luzardo, Puk, Murphy, McKay, Adell

Jesus Luzardo struck out 34 and walked only eight in 31 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas last season. (Jerry Espinoza/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | December 10, 2019 5:35 PM ET

A.J. Puk and Jesus Luzardo should bring even more hope to the A's, Brendan McKay can still be a two-way player for the Rays and new Angels manager Joe Maddon is excited to work with Jo Adell.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Rays get Edwards from Padres in Pham deal

No. 72 overall prospect accompanies Renfroe to Tampa Bay

Xavier Edwards was a Midwest League midseason and end-of-season All-Star this year. (Jerry Espinoza/MiLB.com)

By Kelsie Heneghan | December 6, 2019 11:43 AM ET

The Rays on Friday acquired No. 72 overall prospect Xavier Edwards and slugger Hunter Renfroe from the Padres for infielder Jake Cronenworth and outfielder Tommy Pham.

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Rays shine as Farm System of the Year

With wins galore, Franco and McKay, organization is a stunner

Top-ranked Wander Franco is one of four Rays prospects in the top 50 and one of six in the top 100. (Mark LoMoglio/Tampa Tarpons)

By Josh Jackson | November 19, 2019 10:26 AM ET

Having sent five non-complex affiliates to the playoffs and put six players -- including No. 1 overall Wander Franco -- among MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects, the Rays are MiLB.com's Farm System of the Year.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Head of the Class: Double-A

D-backs' Varsho broke out with bat; O's lefty Lowther starred

Daulton Varsho batted .301/.378/.520 with 18 homers and 21 stolen bases in 108 games with Jackson. (Danny Parker/MiLB.com)

By Tyler Maun | October 2, 2019 10:22 AM ET

D-backs catcher Daulton Varsho crushed Southern League pitching in a breakout season at the plate, while Orioles left-hander Zac Lowther dominated Eastern League hitters.

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Head of the Class: Class A Advanced

Padres' Campusano breaks out bat; Astros' Garcia brings heat

Luis Campusano batted .325 for Lake Elsinore, leading all Class A Advanced batters this season. (Jerry Espinoza/MiLB.com)

By Joe Bloss | September 30, 2019 10:15 AM ET

Padres catcher Luis Campusano and Astros right-hander Luis Garcia delivered strong campaigns in 2019, while Blue Jays righty Simeon Woods Richardson impressed in a brief Florida State League stint.

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Rays name Franco 2019 Player of Year

Top prospect hit .327 in first full season; Ryan also honored

Wander Franco has posted a career .336 average through 175 games in the Minor Leagues. (Mark LoMoglio/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | September 23, 2019 3:50 PM ET

The Rays named top overall prospect Wander Franco their 2019 Minor League Player of the Year on Monday. Right-hander Joe Ryan was honored as Pitcher of the Year.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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