We had the first of many major decisions as we near the launch of the 2020 MLB season with the Tampa Bay Rays’ 60-man player pool. Each team will be expected to produce a full list and we’ll be providing updates and highlights as they come in.
Boston Red Sox
47 players have been reported by Boston. As noted below, veteran Catcher Jonathan Lucroy is not on the initial list. Also missing is injured Ace lefty Chris Sale, though due to his injury he wouldn’t be available to pitch in 2020 anyway.
New York Yankees
The Yankees posted their list and have designated 58 players so far. Interesting additions include veteran Catchers Josh Thole and Erik Kratz, newly signed infielder Matt Duffy. They also placed injured righty Luis Severino on the 60-day IL and did not include suspended righty Domingo German.
Tamp Bay Rays
For Tampa, there aren’t really many surprises. The only player left off the 60 that was previously on the 40-man roster is SP Brent Honeywell. Injuries have prevented the one-time top-15 prospect from making his debut and it appears this will delay it further.
The most exciting name added is probably young SS prospect Wander Franco. The consensus #1 prospect from the Dominican Republic is only 19 but could be an impact guy for the Rays this season.
Toronto Blue Jays
Chicago White Sox
Initial White Sox pool released. Several previous 40-man names left off including Bernardo Flores, Zack Burdi, Matt Foster, Selby Zavala, Micker Adolfo, and Blake Rutherford.
55 players are on the current list for Cleveland. Notably, Carlos Carrasco will be on the roster despite his recent health concerns. Alternatively, suspended reliever Emmanuel Clase will be ineligible to pitch, and instead will serve his suspension in full.
Twins have a couple of surprises, first Michael Pineda, who is listed but has 39 games remaining on a PED suspension. Second, Fernando Romero, who has had visa issues and it’s unclear if he’ll actually be available.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Royals have a very large contingent of prospects on their initial list. In fact, 14 players are listed here who have never been on the 40-man roster before.
The Astros 60-man release includes some intriguing prospects, like Forrest Whitley. However, there’s no indication they’ll reverse the current trend of a complete lack of left-handed pitching. The only three lefty throwers are Cionel Perez, Blake Taylor, and Framber Valdez.
#2 prospect Jo Adell headlines the Angels’ 60-man list. Maybe Halo fans will finally get to see a Trout-Adell-Upton Outfield in 2020?
The impressively deep A’s only added a few prospects from their outer ranks and placed injured righty Daniel Mengden on the IL.
The Mariners added a very large contingent of recent draft picks to their initial list. One position group to watch in Seattle is the outfield. With Mitch Haniger still recovering from injury and off the list, and the departure of Domingo Santana, it’s a very untested raw group.
The Rangers are looking to compete and their 60-man pool shows it. Much fewer prospects than other teams and as noted in the tweet below, more veterans are going to added soon.
The Braves have a fully loaded group of depth arms including Ian Anderson, Kyle Muller, Tucker Davidson, Patrick Weigel, and Jasseel De La Cruz. They also added super-prospects Drew Waters and Cristian Pache.
Future looks bright for the back-to-back division Champs.
New York Mets
The Mets only initially reported 45 players but have made a few moves since. Notable exclusions include perennial Cy Young candidate Noah Syndergaard and the most famous AAA player in the league Tim Tebow.
The Phils’ initial pool is missing some important names from what I’m sure management was hoping this list would look like. Injured arms David Robertson and Seranthony Dominguez not the least of those.
More interestingly, disgraced outfield Odubel Herrera, who they’re reportedly trying to trade, will not be showcased in “Spring Training 2.0” unless additional changes add him.
The Nationals have had two players opt out already. Veteran infielder Ryan Zimmerman and swingman Joe Ross have both declined their invitation to report. It’ll be interesting to see who else makes that choice.
Pirates pool is almost completely full and has some exciting pieces including Ke’Bryan Hayes. Major contributors Kevin Kramer and Chris Archer were already out for the year and will not take up a spot.
St Louis Cardinals
Rejoice Dodger fans! Mookie Betts made the team.
San Diego Padres
The Padres continue to show off the ridiculous amounts of talent in their organization, placing all of their top 13 prospects on their list. That group is highlighted by lefty phenom MacKenzie Gore.
San Francisco Giants
The last team to get their list submitted was San Francisco. There hasn’t been a lot to get excited about in the Bay lately but seeing Joey Bart in the list has to warm even the most jaded Giants fan’s heart.
Stay tuned for more updates as the league continues to take shape.