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The Road to The Show™: Vidal Bruján

Infielder readies to be part of Rays' next exciting prospect core
April 5, 2021

Not many prospects go from an unremarkable $15,000 signing bonus on the international market to being a Top 50 prospect in the game. Vidal Bruján has. Tampa Bay’s No. 4 prospect -- and baseball’s No. 49 overall -- is a key cog in the latest wave of talent making its

State of the System: Tampa Bay Rays

Arozarena brings the thunder while Rays await Franco's debut
December 21, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021.

Rays' Brujan displays wily trickery

No. 41 overall prospect steals an out in Dominican Winter League
November 24, 2020

Vidal Brujan seems to have an excellent handle on the elusive sixth tool. The third-ranked Rays prospect made a subtle fib and stole an out in the eighth inning of his winter league debut as Toros Del Este edged Leones Del Escogido, 3-2, in the first game of a doubleheader

Toolshed dream lineup: The 22-year-olds

Big names like Lux, Robert, Rutschman crowd hypothetical roster
April 14, 2020

There may be no Minor League Baseball games yet, but that's not going to stop us from dreaming about lineups.In the coming weeks, Toolshed will craft the best possible prospect lineups, sorted by age. The opening edition focused on teenagers, the second looked at 20-year-olds and last week's featured 21-year-olds. This time, we

Toolshed: Rays will make most of middle infield

Tampa Bay boasts six middle infielders among its Top 30 prospects
March 13, 2020

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- At some point in the hopefully not-too-distant future when the coronavirus pandemic passes, people are safe, rosters are being set and the season is around the corner, the Tampa Bay organization is going to have some tough decisions to make, specifically in the middle infield of

Rays Send Seven Players to Minor Leagues

Five players optioned,two re-assigned to minor league camp
March 9, 2020

The Rays announced Sunday that five players were optioned to the minor leagues, while two more were re-assigned to minor league camp. Tampa Bay’s roster now sits at 60, which will be reduced to 26 by the season opener on March 26.

Brujan, Honeywell among Rays' first camp shuffle

Top 100 prospects sent to Minor League camp, optioned to Triple-A
March 8, 2020

The spring preview of baseball's best farm system has entered its next phase.The Rays made their first wave of Spring Training cuts Sunday, headlined by Top 100 prospects Vidal Brujan (No. 45) and Brent Honeywell Jr. (No. 91) being optioned to Triple-A Durham. Eleventh-ranked Ronaldo Hernandez, No. 16 Kevin Padlo and

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

Franco, Ryan top Rays' deep prospect pool

Talent on's top farm system bodes well for the future
December 13, 2019

Each offseason, goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club.Plain and simple, all Tampa Bay's system did in 2019 was win, win, win.So much so

Top prospects take stage for Fall League title

Twins' Lewis leads Rafters against Nationals' Garcia, Saguaros
October 25, 2019

Autumn might be in full swing, but it's time to crown a fall champion.The Surprise Sagauros (17-11) and Salt River Rafters (16-11) will square off in the Arizona Fall League Championship Game at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The contest, which will be

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 3

Astros' Beer stays hot; Rays' Brujan enjoying Southern League
July 4, 2019

Astros DH Seth Beer, Double-A Corpus Christi: 4-for-5, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 R -- Houston's No. 8 prospect followed up Tuesday's three-hit performance with four more hits, including a homer, in the Hooks' loss to Frisco. Beer has four multi-hit performances in his last seven games, during which he's 13-for-29 (.448)

Brujan ready to stir up Biscuits offense

Rays No. 6 prospect moves up after hitting .290 for Stone Crabs
June 27, 2019

Vidal Brujan's stay in the Florida State League may have been relatively short, but more importantly, it was extremely productive.Tampa Bay's No. 6 prospect was promoted to Double-A Montgomery on Thursday. Brujan departed Class A Advanced Charlotte after posting a .290/.357/.386 average with 12 extra-base hits and 24 stolen bases

Plassmeyer deals, Franco debuts in 2-0 win over Miracle

Baseball's top prospect reaches base three times
June 25, 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (June 25, 2019) - Michael Plassmeyer spun seven scoreless innings and Wander Franco reached base three times in his High-A debut as the Charlotte Stone Crabs shut out the Fort Myers Miracle 2-0 at Charlotte Sports Park Tuesday. Plassmeyer (3-2) held Fort Myers (42-32, 3-5) to just

McClanahan, Stone Crabs tame Tigers 4-0 in homecoming

Charlotte notches shutout for third straight night
June 20, 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (June 20, 2019) - Shane McClanahan struck out seven and did not allow a run Thursday, leading the Charlotte Stone Crabs to a 4-0 victory over the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Charlotte Sports Park.McClanahan (1-0) allowed only three hits over 6.1 scoreless innings, earning a win in

Brujan, Haley named to FSL All-Star Game

Infielders to represent Stone Crabs in Jupiter
May 24, 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (May 24, 2019) - Charlotte Stone Crabs infielders Vidal Brujan and Jim Haley have been named to the 2019 Florida State League All-Star Game, the league office announced Friday.Both players will represent the Southern Division in the circuit's All-Star Game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter

Lewis, India headline FSL All-Star rosters

First-rounders Swaggerty, Larnach also tapped for June 15 game
May 24, 2019

Twins top prospectRoyce Lewis and Reds No. 4 prospect Jonathan India headline the list of players headed to Jupiter this summer for the 2019 Florida State League All-Star Game.FSL president Ken Carson released the rosters for the June 15 exhibition at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, with Lewis, India, Travis Swaggerty,

Chester homers in 7-4 loss to Clearwater

Stone Crabs comeback falls short
May 18, 2019

CLEARWATER, Fla. (May 18, 2019) - Carl Chester homered to lead a late comeback Saturday, but the Stone Crabs eventually fell short in a 7-4 loss to the Clearwater Threshers at Spectrum Field.After falling behind 6-0 through five innings, the Charlotte (21-21) bats woke up against the Threshers' (20-21) bullpen.

Prospect Roundup: Games of May 11

Phils' Bohm hits first FSL homer; Braves' Riley keeps mashing
May 12, 2019

Phillies 3B Alec Bohm, Class A Advanced Clearwater: 3-for-6, HR, 2 RBIs, R -- Philadelphia sent its top prospect to the South Atlantic League at the start of the season, and he earned a promotion after 22 games. Not much has changed in terms of Bohm's production since joining Clearwater

Seven-run fourth propels Crabs to 9-4 win

Whalen connects on grand slam in victory
May 4, 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (May 4, 2019) - The Stone Crabs rallied for seven runs in the top of the fourth Saturday, jumping Jupiter to claim the series with a 9-4 win at Charlotte Sports Park. The seven-run frame was the most for the Stone Crabs (14-15) in any inning this

Prospect Roundup: Games of May 2

Marsh on solid ground with four hits, Mountcastle stays hot
May 3, 2019

Angels OF Brandon Marsh, Double-A Mobile: 4-for-5, 2B, RBI, SB -- The No. 3 Angels prospect snapped out of a 3-for-19 funk with the sixth four-hit game of his career. Marsh singled in each of his first three at-bats before providing an insurance run with an RBI double in the sixth

Prospect Roundup: Games of April 28

Dodgers' May posts five zeros; O's Mountcastle gets three hits
April 29, 2019

Dodgers RHP Dustin May, Double-A Tulsa: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 HB, 1 BB, 7 K -- The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect picked up his second win of the season in the Drillers' 5-0 blanking of Corpus Christi. May (2-1) needed all of 11 pitches to get through

Prospect Roundup: Games of April 23

Tigers' Manning fans nine; M's Kelenic extends hit streak
April 24, 2019

Tigers RHP Matt Manning, Double-A Erie: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 9 K -- Detroit's No. 2 prospect registered his third straight start with at least eight strikeouts, giving him an Eastern League-leading 32 over 22 2/3 innings. The only run Manning allowed came in the fourth on a

Prospect Roundup: Games of April 23

Tigers' Manning fans nine; M's Kelenic extends hit streak
April 24, 2019

Tigers RHP Matt Manning, Double-A Erie: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 9 K -- Detroit's No. 2 prospect  registered his third straight start with at least eight strikeouts, giving him an Eastern League-leading 32 over 22 2/3 innings. The only run Manning allowed in the fourth on a single

Brujan on base four times in 5-3 loss to Tampa

Stone Crabs squander two-run lead in eighth
April 23, 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (April 23, 2019) - Vidal Brujan reached base four times Tuesday, but the Charlotte Stone Crabs gave up a 3-1 lead and lost 5-3 to the Tampa Tarpons at Charlotte Sports Park.With the Stone Crabs (6-13) leading 3-1 in the top of the eighth, Tarpons (8-11) centerfielder

Four-hit nights not enough in 11-3 Opening Night loss

Brujan, Chester both deliver four hits in defeat
April 5, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 4, 2019) - Vidal Brujan and Carl Chester both notched four hits, but the Charlotte Stone Crabs allowed eight unanswered runs late to fall 11-3 to the Fort Myers Miracle on Opening Night at Hammond Stadium. Brujan, Chester and Zach Rutherford accounted for 10 of the