2019 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 11

Previous winner

2B Nick Solak (R/R, 5’11 175, 24 in 2019)

2018 statistics with Double-A Montgomery: 565 PA, .282/.384/.450, 19 HR, 39 XBH, 21/27 SB, 12.0 BB%, 19.8 K%

He plays similar positions and played together with No. 4 prospect Brandon Lowe for a while this season, but they’re not particularly comparable players. Solak has a more contact-oriented approach and doesn’t have the same power potential. However, he is a better athlete and stole a career-high 21 bases. He’s a versatile defender who learned center field in 2018.

Nick Solak won our first free-for-all vote. He can hit, he’s versatile, and he’s close to the majors. Many of the players available to vote for don’t have particularly similar profiles.

2019 Community prospect list

Rank Player Votes Total Percentage Last season
Rank Player Votes Total Percentage Last season
1 SS Wander Franco 39 43 90.7% 13
2 RHP Brent Honeywell 32 49 65.3% 1
3 1B/LHP Brendan McKay 26 53 49.1% 3
4 2B Brandon Lowe 21 50 42.0% 19
5 LHP Matthew Liberatore 13 46 28.3% N/A
6 OF Jesus Sanchez 17 48 35.4% 4
7 C Ronaldo Hernandez 22 44 50.0% 22
8 2B Vidal Brujan 32 48 66.7% 25
9 1B Nate Lowe 32 34 94.1% N/R
10 2B Nick Solak 12 35 34.3% 16

RHP Shane Baz (6’3 190, 20 in 2019)

2018 statistics with rookie-level Bristol and rookie-level Princeton: 52 13 IP, 4.47 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 11.9 BB%, 24.2 K%

Acquired in the Chris Archer trade, Baz has some of the best stuff in the system, but he is young and has quite a bit of work to do in order to move up the organization. His fastball sits in the low-to-mid 90s and can touch higher, and his secondary offerings have promise as well, particularly his slider, which Baseball America rates as the best in the organization ($). He has struggled with control so far in his pro career, however.

SS Lucius Fox (S/R, 6’1 180, 21 in 2019)

2018 statistics with Class A-Advanced Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery: 524 PA, .268/.351/.341, 20 2B, 29/38 SB, 9.5 BB%, 18.9 K%

Like 2017, Fox had a solid season repeating the level he was at the previous season and then struggled to close the year at a tougher level. His overall statistics were strikingly similar, but for a player whose offensive game is predicated on speed and contact, it’s good that he cut down on his strikeout rate. Both Baseball America ($) and Keith Law (ESPN $) spoke positively about his defense.

OF Moises Gomez (R/R, 5’11 200, 20 in 2019)

2018 statistics with Class-A Bowling Green: 516 PA, .280/.328/.503, 19 HR, 60 XBH, 6.6 BB%, 26.6 K%

On a team with Vidal Brujan, Ronaldo Hernandez, and Brendan McKay, Gomez could have been overlooked, but his performance couldn’t be ignored. He owned just 12 professional home runs in three seasons prior to 2018, but he started hitting for power in games and was one of the Midwest League’s top sluggers. Moving forward, he has to improve his pitch recognition and defense.

LHP Resly Linares (6’2 170, 21 in 2019)

2018 statistics with Class-A Bowling Green: 84 13 IP, 3.20 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 7.3 BB%, 28.2 K%

Linares was one of the Rays’ more effective pitching prospects last season, but a trip to the DL that cost him 1 12 months limited him to 84 13 innings. In his second start of the season, he threw seven no-hit innings, and over the course of the season, he was able to increase his strikeout rate and reduce his walk rate compared to 2017. His curveball is his best pitch, and he has room to add strength and improve his average fastball velocity.

OF Josh Lowe (L/R, 6’4 205, 21 in 2019)

2018 statistics with Class A-Advanced Charlotte: 455 PA, .238/.322/.361, 6 HR, 34 XBH, 18/24 SB, 10.3 BB%, 25.7 K%

Josh Lowe has the best tools out of all the Lowes in the organization (Baseball America ($), but they haven’t been consistently put to use in game action in his pro career. BA rated him as the best defensive outfielder in the organization, and he has the power potential to profile in a corner position if that’s where he winds up. However, he hasn’t hit for much power in games yet, and he’s going to have to make more consistent contact.

OF Joe McCarthy (L/L, 6’3 225, 25 in 2019)

2018 statistics with Triple-A Durham: 191 PA, .269/.377/.513, 8 HR, 22 XBH, 13.1 BB%, 22.5 K%

McCarthy was limited to 47 games with Durham, although he did recoup some of those missed plate appearances in the Arizona Fall League. When he did play, he showed a significant increase in power — tying a career high in home runs despite only getting half as many plate appearances — and still got on base at a high rate. When he’s healthy, he’s a decent athlete who can add value on the bases.

LHP Shane McClanahan (6’1 188, 22 in 2019)

2018 statistics with Gulf Coast League Rays and rookie-level Princeton: 7 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, 4.2 BB%, 54.2 K%

McClanahan was once viewed as one of the top players available in the 2018 draft, but inconsistent performances over the second half of the college season caused him to drop to the No. 31 pick. He has impressive velocity from the left side with a fastball that can touch 100 mph, and his slider and changeup show promise. He struggles when he loses control of his pitches, and he already has a Tommy John surgery to his name.

OF Nick Schnell (L/R, 6’3 180, 19 in 2019)

2018 statistics with Gulf Coast League Rays: 82 PA, .239/.378/.373, 1 HR, 6 XBH, 2/8 SB, 17.1 BB%, 28.0 K%

Schnell was the Rays’ third first-round pick in the 2018 draft, but it’s hard to glean much from his pro debut since he only played in 19 games — other than hopefully he steals bases more efficiently in the future. In that debut, he played mostly center field, but that may not last. If it doesn’t, he has the power potential to profile in a corner outfield position, and he has a good arm too.

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