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Toolshed: Prospects with World Series connections

Top-100 talents have ties to Fall Classic, even away from Arlington
October 23, 2020

This is not a World Series for the prospect lover. Then again, not many World Series are. Sure, there are two ranked prospects left -- both from the Rays roster -- and they have their own stories to tell. No. 19 Tampa Bay prospect Randy Arozarena has been one of

Toolshed dream lineup: Ages 24 and up

Murphy, McKay, Kopech bring star power to older prospect group
April 28, 2020

There may be no Minor League Baseball games yet, but that's not going to stop us from dreaming about lineups.Toolshed has crafted the best possible prospect lineups, sorted by age. To date, the series has focused on teenagers, 20-year-olds, 21-year-olds, 22-year-olds and 23-year-olds. This time, we turn our attention to prospects who will be 24

Rays option McKay to Triple-A Durham

No. 15 overall prospect returning to Minors when season begins
March 26, 2020

On what was meant to be Major League Opening Day, one of the game's top prospects found out what his opening assignment will be once the 2020 season begins in earnest.The Rays optioned Brendan McKay --'s No. 15 overall prospect -- to Triple-A Durham on Thursday. No. 17 Tampa

Rays take charge of 2020 prospect rankings

Franco stays No. 1 overall; Tampa Bay holds six Top 100 slots
January 24, 2020

In terms of both quantity and quality, no team has prospects like Tampa Bay. The Rays boast six players among's Top 100 Prospects, revealed Saturday. That's more than any organization, with shortstop Wander Franco remaining in the No. 1 overall spot. The top prospect reached Class A Advanced Charlotte

2020 Prospect Projections: AL East rookies

McKay ready to help Rays rotation; Garcia, Pearson should wait
January 7, 2020

This is the first in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2020. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for starting

Winter Meetings notes: A's, Rays, Angels

Prospect updates on Luzardo, Puk, Murphy, McKay, Adell
December 10, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Bob Melvin has led some pretty good A's teams since becoming Oakland manager in 2011, including back-to-back 97-win clubs in the past two seasons. Yet he's particularly excited about the 2020 campaign for two big prospect-related reasons -- top prospectJesus Luzardo and No. 2 A.J. Puk."We've been

McKay placed on seven-day injured list

Rays No. 2 prospect suffering from fatigue in his left shoulder
August 26, 2019

In the midst of a sensational season that included his first taste of the Majors, Brendan McKay was a good bet to return to Tampa at the end of Triple-A Durham's season. Chances are he still will, but he's addressing an issue first.The No. 2 Rays prospect was placed on

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 25

Rays' McKay posts four zeros; Braves' Anderson fans nine
July 26, 2019

Rays LHP Brendan McKay, Triple-A Durham: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 HB, 6 K -- It was the first Minor League pitching appearance since June 22 for the No. 2 Rays prospect, and it pointed out why the southpaw earned four starts with the big league

McKay's on the way to Majors

Rays No. 2 prospect expected to make first start Saturday
June 28, 2019

Two years and 15 days after he was selected with the fourth overall pick, Brendan McKay is reportedly a Major Leaguer.Tampa Bay's second-ranked prospect was promoted from Triple-A Durham on Thursday following a half-season of being nearly unhittable. McKay is set to make the start against Texas in his Major

Prospect Roundup: Games of June 22

Rays' McKay keeps rolling; Marlins' Mesa collects four hits
June 23, 2019

Rays LHP Brendan McKay, Triple-A Durham: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K -- Tampa Bay's second-ranked prospect has allowed earned runs in only two of five appearances since he was promoted to the International League. Facing Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the second straight outing,'s No. 23

Bulls' McKay rolls through RailRiders

Rays No. 3 prospect fans seven, including Stanton, Judge
June 15, 2019

Soon enough, Brendan McKay will be taking the mound in a big league stadium. On Saturday, two of the Majors' most prominent sluggers came to him. He rose to the challenge and then some. The third-ranked Rays prospect delivered five scoreless frames out of the bullpen, striking out seven and allowing

Prospect Roundup: Games of June 11

Reds' India collects three hits; Twins' Jeffers homers twice
June 12, 2019

Reds 3B Jonathan India, Class A Advanced Daytona: 3-for-5, 1 RBI, 2 R -- Cincinnati's third-ranked prospect singled in the first, second and sixth innings en route to his second three-hit effort in four games. India,'s No. 45 overall prospect, has a .260/.349/.422 slash line with eight homers, two

Prospect Roundup: Games of June 11

Reds' India collects three hits; Twins' Jeffers homers twice
June 12, 2019

Reds 3B Jonathan India, Class A Advanced Daytona: 3-for-5, 1 RBI, 2 R -- Cincinnati's third-ranked prospect singled in the first, second and sixth innings en route to his second three-hit effort in four games. India,'s No. 45 overall prospect, has a .260/.349/.422 slash line with eight homers, two

McKay bashes first Triple-A homer

No. 29 overall prospect registers first hit in International League
May 30, 2019

Brendan McKay gave Triple-A Louisville fits on the mound Tuesday. Two days later, he let the Bats know he can hurt them in more than one way.Tampa Bay's No. 3 prospect mashed his first career Triple-A homer -- his first long ball of the season -- as Durham fell to

McKay posts five zeros in first Bulls start

Rays No. 3 prospect's march to bigs arrives on Triple-A mound
May 28, 2019

In a statistic-obsessed sport, less is often more for pitchers. That's certainly been the case with Brendan McKay, who continued his dominating run on the mound in his Triple-A pitching debut. Tampa Bay's No. 3 prospect allowed three baserunners and struck out four over five scoreless innings as Durham rolled past Louisville,

Report: Rays' McKay headed to Triple-A

Baseball's No. 29 prospect posted 1.30 ERA over 41 2/3 frames
May 23, 2019

Brendan McKay is headed to the Minors' highest level.According to a Tampa Bay Times report Thursday night, Tampa Bay's third-ranked prospect is being promoted to Triple-A Durham, where he is expected to start for the Bulls on Tuesday.

Biscuits' McKay keeps cruising out of 'pen

Rays No. 3 prospect posts six zeros, allows two hits, fans nine
May 22, 2019

When Double-A Montgomery pitching coach R.C. Lichtenstein approached Brendan McKay during his side session last weekend in Jacksonville and told him his next outing would be out of the bullpen, the southpaw absorbed the information and that was that. Other than delaying his pregame warmup routine, the change wouldn't affect

Shrimp's Guzman outduels Rays' McKay

Marlins No. 9 prospect fans 10 across six scoreless frames
May 16, 2019

Brendan McKay was good Thursday night. Jorge Guzman was better.Miami's No. 9 prospect struck out a season-high 10, surrendering just two walks and two hits over six scoreless innings in Double-A Jacksonville's 1-0 loss to Montgomery at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. He outpitched the third-ranked Tampa Bay prospect, who

McKay cooks up five more zeros

Rays No. 7 prospect K's seven, takes Southern League lead
May 10, 2019

In his first stint in Double-A, Brendan McKay has been nothing short of dominant. Friday provided more of the game.The third-ranked Rays prospect struck out seven over five innings, allowing three hits and three walks, as Montgomery blanked Biloxi, 2-0, in the first game of a doubleheader at MGM Park.

McKay shines again on hill for Biscuits

Rays No. 3 prospect allows two hits over five scoreless frames
April 28, 2019

Brendan McKay hasn't been exceptional at the plate to start this season, but he was dominant on the mound again on Sunday.Tampa Bay's No. 3 prospect allowed three hits and a walk while striking out six across five scoreless frames before Double-A Montgomery dropped a 7-3 decision to Birmingham at

Prospect Roundup: Games of April 22

Boston's Houck fans nine; Angels' Rojas homers twice
April 23, 2019

Red Sox RHP Tanner Houck, Double-A Portland: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K -- If it weren't for rain, a career start for the No. 6 Red Sox prospect may have been even better. The Sea Dogs and Yard Goats played five innings on Monday, and

Prospect Roundup: Games of April 16

Dodgers' May deals and hits; Royals' Singer records first win
April 17, 2019

Dodgers RHP Dustin May, Double-A Tulsa: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K; 1-for-3, 2 RBIs, R -- May dazzled both on the mound and at the plate, tossing five scoreless frames and driving in two runs with a second-inning single against Springfield. With runners on second

McKay fans 11 in Double-A mound debut

Rays No. 3 prospect sets career high in 4 2/3-inning outing
April 10, 2019

Entering his first Double-A start Wednesday, Brendan McKay admitted he had some butterflies.He dealt with them by going out and striking out the side in the first inning.The third-ranked Tampa Bay prospect went on to record a career-best 11 strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings as Montgomery fell to Biloxi, 4-3,

Southern League 2019 Season Primer

Over 70 of MLB's Top Prospects Featured on SL Rosters
April 4, 2019

Happy #MiLBOpeningNight!Click Here to find composite 25-man Opening Day rosters for each of our 10 clubs!

Rays Prospect Primer: Wonderful Wander

No. 13 overall prospect looking to build on dynamic pro debut
March 29, 2019

Some players are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2019 season approaching, takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Shining star: Wander Franco, SSThe