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How the Rays fare in prospect ranking update

Archer talks potential last start with club; Cash on Beeks, Perez additions
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BALTIMORE -- MLB Pipeline released its updated 2018 Top 100 Prospects and Top 30 Prospects by team rankings on Thursday. Six Rays prospects were among the Top 100.

Shortstop/second baseman Willy Adames is the highest ranked Rays prospect in the Top 100 at No. 22. Others in the Top 100 include RHP Brent Honeywell (No. 24), LHP/1B Brendan McKay (No. 30), OF Jesus Sanchez (No. 32), SS Wander Franco (No. 41) and LHP Matthew Liberatore (No. 68).

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BALTIMORE -- MLB Pipeline released its updated 2018 Top 100 Prospects and Top 30 Prospects by team rankings on Thursday. Six Rays prospects were among the Top 100.

Shortstop/second baseman Willy Adames is the highest ranked Rays prospect in the Top 100 at No. 22. Others in the Top 100 include RHP Brent Honeywell (No. 24), LHP/1B Brendan McKay (No. 30), OF Jesus Sanchez (No. 32), SS Wander Franco (No. 41) and LHP Matthew Liberatore (No. 68).

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Last start?
Chris Archer, the subject of countless trade rumors, was asked Thursday if he had any thoughts about the possibility of Friday's start against the Orioles being his last as a member of the Rays.

"I haven't thought that much about it," Archer said. "There's always a lot of speculation. My main focus, as cliche as that sounds, is pitching tomorrow and giving our team a chance to win. That's it."

Video: MIA@TB: Archer strikes out season-high 13 vs. Marlins

Archer was asked if the two trades on Wednesday coming to fruition made him antsy that he may soon be dealt to another team.

"Not really," Archer said. "I've been trying to do my best to put as little energy as possible into things I can't control. All I control is 60 feet, six inches tomorrow."

New guys
As far as trades are concerned, the Rays had a busy day on Wednesday. Two of the new players, left-hander Jalen Beeks and catcher Michael Perez, were in uniform and on the club's roster on Thursday.

Beeks came to the team in the deal that sent Nathan Eovaldi to the Red Sox.

Video: Top Prospects: Jalen Beeks, LHP, Rays

"He's done some special things in Triple-A," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Pretty well known within the industry. We've received a lot of compliments. We just want to get him in here and to get comfortable."

Cash said Beeks could provide length out of the bullpen, but he could also find some starts.

"Hopefully, I can help this team win," Beeks said. "Just be a positive influence in the clubhouse. Just try to be a team guy and do the best I can when I'm here."

Perez was shipped to the Rays in the trade that sent Matt Andriese to the D-backs. In his Major League debut on Thursday with his new team, Perez knocked a double for his first MLB hit in a 4-3 win for the Rays.

Video: TB@BAL: Perez double for 1st Major League hit in 5th

"[Perez's] all-around game defensively has been something we've valued, we've monitored," Cash said. "Our guys do a good job of knowing what makes people special, and we feel he can be a special defender, special overall catcher. Left-handed [batter] that's swung the bat pretty well in Triple-A. Get here, and he's going to get to play some. We'll see how it goes from there."

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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