Tampa Bay Rays: One Sleeper Prospect At Each Level

As a small market team with a low payroll, the Tampa Bay Rays are quite possibly the team most dependent on sleeper prospects.

Take Ben Zobrist for example. A vital part of the American League-pennant winning 2008 Rays, Zobrist was never on any top prospects lists.

In fact, Zobrist barely even made his college baseball team at Olivet Nazarene University, making the team after a try-out.

Zobrist went on to hit .264 with 114 home runs in nine seasons for the Rays. Widely considered the top utility man in baseball, Zobrist made two All-Star teams in Tampa, and smacked over 1,000 hits.

Zobrist is the best example off the list of Rays sleeper-prospects turned-productive major leaguers.

While the 2018 Rays are nowhere near the Rays of ten years ago on the major league field, the Rays boast their best farm system in years, headlined by top-50 prospects Willy Adames, Brent Honeywell and Brendan McKay.

It’s no doubt that the Rays future core looks to be composed of the above names. However, as a small-market team with an extremely low payroll, the Rays will need production from unexpected contributors, as they got from Zobrist several years ago.

Let’s take a look at who could become the next Ben Zobrist in Tampa Bay.

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Source : https://www.minorleagueball.com/2018/7/11/17556806/tampa-bay-rays-one-sleeper-prospect-at-each-level

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