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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