Brujan was named to the Rays' 40-man postseason player pool Monday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Teams in the postseason will be allowed to carry a 40-man pool, even though only 28 players will be eligible for active status at any one time. Brujan's inclusion is notable considering his elite prospect status, though it's still more likely that he doesn't see any game action. Nevertheless, Toribio notes Brujan, who's spent the season training at the Rays' alternate training site in Port Charlotte, could still benefit from being around the team in a playoff environment in anticipation of a big-league roster spot in 2021.
Brujan will join the Rays' taxi squad for the team's upcoming road trip to Washington, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
There were rumors of a callup for the 22-year-old Brujan, who is arguably the organization's top prospect behind Wander Franco. It seems Brujan will have to wait a while yet to join the major-league roster, though he will be available in an emergency against the Nats. If Brujan were to receive an official promotion at some point, he would likely be a popular pickup in fantasy leagues after he stole 48 and 55 bases in the minors in 2019 and 2018, respectively.
Brujan is projected to be part of the 60-man player pool that will report to the Rays' summer camp, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 22-year-old second baseman is already on the 40-man roster, and it appears he'll have a chance to continue his professional development this year even if the minor-league season is cancelled outright. Brujan has steadily progressed through the organization since beginning his career in 2016, and he posted a solid .266/.336/.391 line at Double-A Montgomery in 2019 while swiping 24 bases for the second consecutive professional stop.
The Rays optioned Brujan to Triple-A Durham on Monday.
Brujan was the most prominent of the seven prospects the Rays sent back to their minor-league camp Monday. The switch-hitting 22-year-old will head to the International League for the first time after posting a .735 OPS and stealing 48 bases between High-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery in 2019.
Brujan was added to the Rays' 40-man roster Wednesday.
This was a no-brainer for the Rays, as Brujan is one of their top prospects and this was the deadline to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. The 21-year-old switch hitter will either be assigned to Double-A or Triple-A, and may not reach the majors until 2021.
Brujan was promoted to Double-A Montgomery on Thursday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Brujan earned a promotion after excelling in a 44-game return trip to High-A Charlotte, slashing .290/.357/.386 with 12 extra-base hits (eight doubles, two triples and a home run) and 24 stolen bases (in 29 attempts).
Brujan (undisclosed) returned to action with High-A Charlotte on Thursday, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, a run scored and an RBI.
The 21-year-old missed close to a month, but he picked up right where he left off, collecting multiple hits for the 13th time in 40 games this season. He is now slashing .297/.367/.399 with 22 stolen bases in 27 attempts. That speed and his stellar bat-to-ball skills make up for what is only modest power and put Brujan pretty easily among the top 50 prospects for dynasty leagues. It seems likely that he will be challenged with a move up to Double-A later this summer.
Brujan has gone 13-for-28 with a home run and four stolen bases over his first eight games at High-A Charlotte.
Brujan earned the promotion to the Florida State League on Aug. 6 after hitting .313 with 43 steals (in 58 attempts) for Low-A Bowling Green. The 20-year-old's combined total of 47 thefts rank as the third-best mark in all of the minors and will likely be the main driver of his fantasy value. Brujan's stellar plate discipline -- he owns an 11.2 percent walk rate and 9.7 percent strikeout rate over parts of four seasons in the minors -- will also aid his chances of eventually settling in as a leadoff man down the road.
Brujan ranks second in the Midwest League with 10 steals (on 11 attempts) but is hitting just .253/.333/.293 in 84 plate appearances.
The 20-year-old second baseman has some obvious strengths -- he's a plus runner with some patience at the plate (9.5 percent walk rate). However, he currently hits for very little power (just six home runs in 197 pro games) and seems to be generating too much weak contact to be able to consistently hit for a high average, largely negating his all-fields approach. He could be a table setter who challenges for 20-plus steals down the road, but adding muscle and tapping into a bit more power will be crucial for him to make it as an everyday player.
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|2017||ASX-Hudson Valley Renega||67||260||51||74||15||5||3||20||34||36||16||8||.285||.378||.415|
|2018||AFX-Bowling Green Hot Ro||95||377||86||118||18||5||5||41||48||53||43||15||.313||.395||.427|
|2018||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||27||98||26||34||7||2||4||12||15||15||12||4||.347||.434||.582|
|2019||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||44||176||28||51||8||3||1||15||17||26||24||5||.290||.357||.386|