By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on April 24, 2014
It is now almost expected for the Tampa Bay Rays to have one of the better minor league systems in all of MLB. While that very well still could be true, it might be surprising how many of their top prospects are going through a struggling time early in the 2014 season. Take a look at their top five prospects and whether their stock is up or down in 2014.
Though it could be suggested that Romero's starting pitcher stock is down a bit, his overall stock is up. For a while it has been up in the air whether he would be destined to become a power arm out of the bullpen. He has a 4.43 ERA as a starter but he does have 22 strikeouts in 20 innings as well. His stock overall is still high because they know what he can do with his tools out of the bullpen.
Through 17 games Toles has struggled on offense this season. He only has two extra base hits and one RBI so far. That collects into a .208 average at this point.
The one and only reason Guerrieri's stock is down is because he is down recovering from Tommy John Surgery currently. Stock cannot go up in that situation. If however he returns strong at the end of this season or even in the fall league, that stock could shoot high once again.
Lee missed a lot of 2013 with a ligament injury and he has just not had enough at-bats yet in 2014 to prove whether or not he will return to the same level. Chances are high that he will do fine when he gets at-bats under his belt.
His time with the Rays has shown Odorizzi to be possibly just short of ready for MLB work. Through a few starts he has a large 6.52 ERA with a 1.71 WHIP. He might need a little revamping in the minors.
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