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Nine of the Rays' Top 30 prospects, including five players ranked in the Top 10, are ticketed for Triple-A Durham to begin the season. The group includes three of the club's five Top 100 prospects in Willy Adames (No. 20), Jake Bauers (No. 73) and Casey Gillaspie (No. 100), as well as a host of potential 2017 contributors such as right-handers Chih-Wei Hu, Jacob Faria, Jaime Schultz and Ryne Stanek.
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The Rays added a high-ceiling pitching prospect during the offseason in De Leon, acquiring him from the Dodgers for Logan Forsythe in January. Fox, a 19-year-old shortstop who came over from the Giants at the Trade Deadline in the Matt Moore deal, is set to make his organizational debut with Class A Bowling Green after being sidelined with a foot injury late last season. Tampa Bay also added Gadea in December's Rule 5 Draft, plucking the 22-year-old righty from Seattle's system.
On the shelf
Jose De Leon (No. 31 overall) was ticketed for Durham's rotation before it was announced he'd begin the season on the disabled list with minor discomfort in his right flexor muscle. Gadea, meanwhile, was likely to be returned to the Mariners until he came down with right forearm tendinitis towards the end of camp. As a result, he'll now begin the season on the 60-day disabled list and won't be eligible to return until June, allowing the Rays extra time to evaluate his health and overall progress.
Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.