With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Tampa Bay Rays preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.
#1 Jeremy Hellickson GRADE: A
Hellickson went 13-10 with a 2.95ERA for the Rays. He walked 72 and struck out 117 in 189 innings. Opposing big league hitters hit just .210 off Hellickson on the season.
#2 Desmond Jennings GRADE: A
Jennings batted .259 with 9 Doubles, 4 Triples, 10 Home Runs and 25 RBI’s in 63 games with the Rays. He also stole 20 bases on the season. For the Triple-A Durham Bulls, Jennings hit .275 with 19 Doubles, 3 Triples, 12 Home Runs and 39 RBI’s in 89 games. He also stole 17 bases for the Bulls.
#3 Matt Moore GRADE: A+
Moore went 12-3 with a 1.92ERA between the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits and Triple-A Durham. He walked 46 and struck out 210 in 155 innings. Opposing batters hit just .184 against Moore. For the Rays, Moore went 1-0 with a 2.89ERA in 9.1 big league innings. He also stared in the playoffs for Tampa Bay.
#4 Josh Sale GRADE: C-
Sale hit .210 with 11 Doubles, 3 Triples, 4 Home Runs, and 15 RBI’s for the Rookie League Princeton Rays. He walked 23 times and struck out 41 times in 60 games.
#5 Jake McGee GRADE: B-
McGee went 5-2 with a 4.50ERA in 37 appearances with the Rays. He walked 12 and struck out 27 in 28 big league innings. Opposing major league hitters batted .270 against him. At Triple-A Durham, McGee went 4-2 with a 2.70ERA in 24 appearances.
#6 Chris Archer GRADE: B-
Archer went a combined 9-7 with a 4.09ERA between Double-A Montgomery and two starts at Triple-A Durham. He walked 86 and struck out 130 in 147.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .263 off Archer on the year.
#7 Alex Colome GRADE: B
Colome went a combined 12-9 with a 3.82ERA between the Low-A Charlotte Stone Crabs and Double-A Montgomery. He walked 72 and struck out 123 in 157.2 innings. Opposing batters hit just .216 against Colome on the season.
#8 Hak-Ju Lee GRADE: B
Lee batted a combined .292 with 17 Doubles, 15 Triples, 5 Home Runs and 30 RBI’s. He also stole 33 bases. Lee walked 53 times and struck out 94 times in 121 games
#9 Joseph Cruz GRADE: D+
Cruz went a combined 6-5 with a 6.27ERA between the Rookie League GCL Rays, High-A Charlotte, and Double-A Montgomery. He walked 28 and struck out 64 in 74.2 innings. Opposing batters hit .312 against Cruz on the season.
#10 Enny Romero GRADE: B
Romero went 5-5 with a 4.26ERA for the Low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods. He walked 68 and struck out 140 in 114 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .245 off Romero on the season.
#11 Alex Torres GRADE: B
Torres went 9-7 with a 3.08ERA for Triple-A Durham. He walked 83 and struck out 156 in 146 innings. Opposing batters hit .249 against Torres. In 8 big league innings, Torres went 1-1 with a 3.38ERA over four appearances out of the Rays pen.
#12 Drew Vettleson GRADE: B+
Vettleson hit .282 with 13 Doubles, 4 Triples, 7 Home Runs and 40 RBI’s for Rookie League Princeton. He walked 27 times and struck out 53 times in 61 games.
#13 Brandon Guyer GRADE: A-
Guyer batted .312 with 29 Doubles, 5 Triples, 14 Home Runs and 61 RBI’s for Triple-A Durham. He walked 35 times and struck out 79 times in 107 games. For the Rays, Guyer batted .195 with 1 Double, 2 Home Runs and 3 RBI’s in 41 big league at-bats.
#14 Justin O’Conner GRADE: D+
O’Conner batted .157 with 8 Doubles, 9 Home Runs and 29 RBI’s for Low-A Princeton. He walked 17 times and struck out 78 times in 48 games.
#15 Jake Thompson GRADE: B-
Thompson went 5-7 with a 2.90ERA for High-A Charlotte. He walked 37 and struck out 56 in 114.2 innings. Opposing batters hit .267 against Thompson.