Top 10 Prospects to Watch for the 2016 Season

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Source: Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America

10. Blake Snell, LHP – Tampa Bay Rays

Playing in such a small market, strong pitching has always been the focus of the Tampa Bay Rays organizational philosophy. This year looks to be no different, with strong pitchers throughout the rotation, even after the trade of Nate Karns at the very beginning of the offseason. Despite their rotational strength, the Rays have another possible starter in the minors who is near major league ready.

That would be left-handed pitcher Blake Snell. Snell was absolutely electric in the minor leagues in 2015, finishing with a sub-2.00 ERA in both Double-A and Triple-A in 21 total starts. Based on his strong performance in 2015, there really appears to be no reason for Snell to continue on in the minor leagues any longer. At 23, Snell appears ready and likely will crack the Rays rotation at some point during 2016. Even with such strong rotational depth, Snell should play some role for the Rays this year.

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