ST. PETERSBURG -- MLB.com released its list of the Top 100 Prospects in baseball on Friday, and the Rays have three players among the group.Left-hander Blake Snell came in at No. 14, right-hander Brent Honeywell ranked No. 43 and shortstop Willy Adames was No. 81.Complete Top 100 Prospects coverageThe annual
ST. PETERSBURG -- MLB.com released its list of the Top 100 Prospects in baseball on Friday, and the Rays have three players among the group.
Left-hander Blake Snell came in at No. 14, right-hander Brent Honeywell ranked No. 43 and shortstop Willy Adames was No. 81.
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The annual ranking of baseball's Top 100 Prospects is assembled by MLBPipeline.com Draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Mike Rosenbaum, who compile input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors. It is based on analysis of players' skill sets, upsides, proximity to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams. Only players with rookie status entering the 2016 season are eligible for the list. The rankings follow the guidelines laid out by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, in terms of who falls under the international pool money rules: Players who were at least 23 years old when they signed and played in leagues deemed to be professional (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba) are not eligible.
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Snell, 23, made a huge leap forward in 2015 by starting the year with 46 consecutive scoreless innings and pitching across three levels. Snell has good movement on his low-to-mid 90s fastball, and he has developed a good feel for his offspeed stuff. He has cut his walk rate the past two years, but his control remains below average.
Though Snell dominated in 2015, there's still room for improvement, both physically and on the mound. The Rays' patience for developing pitchers has reaped significant rewards in the past, and Snell could eventually give them a similar payoff.
Honeywell, 20, has shown a marked improvement with his fastball, going from throwing in the mid-80s as a high schooler to constantly pitching in the low 90s and touching as high as 97 mph.
Honeywell is still projectable, leading scouts to believe he could reach those higher velocities more consistently as he continues to physically mature. Though he doesn't throw it often, Honeywell's best secondary offering is his screwball. His advanced feel for pitching allows him to get the most out of his deep repertoire.
Adames is just 20 years old, and he hit .258 with four home runs and 46 RBIs at Class A Advanced Charlotte in 2015. He was a key piece in the 2014 Trade Deadline deal that sent David Price to the Tigers.
Adames has a disciplined approach at the plate and has shown an ability to work the count. He already shows some power thanks to his quick wrists, and Adames could be a solid hitter if he can continue to improve his pitch recognition.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com.