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Rays top prospect Garrett Whitley lost for season with torn labrum

Mar 17, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; A view of the Grapefruit League logo on official Rawlings baseball at JetBlue Park. The Astros won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports, Khalil Lee

The Tampa Bay Rays find themselves in complete rebuild mode after a winter fire sale gutted the organization’s Major League roster. The idea now is to build through the system.

Unfortunately for the Rays, that idea has already taken a hit.

According to Chris Bumbaca of MiLB.com, minor league outfielder Garrett Whitley will miss the 2018 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Whitley, a first-round pick (13th overall) of Tampa Bay back in 2015, announced the procedure himself on social media.

Considered a top-10 prospect heading into the 2018 season, Whitley hit .249 with 13 homers, 61 RBI and a .362 on-base percentage in Single-A Bowling Green last season.

He’s somewhat of a long-term figure in the Rays’ rebuild. But having to sit out an entire season will definitely impact Whitley’s path to the Majors.