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Rays Reacts Survey Returns for 2024!

Rays Reacts Survey Returns for 2024!

Ryan Pepiot | Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the MLB. Throughout the year we ask questions of the most plugged-in Tampa Bay Rays fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to participate in the weekly emailed surveys. Please take our survey Check out DraftKings Sportsbook, the official sportsbook partner of SB Nation.
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Tampa Bay Rays sign Francisco Mejia to minor league deal

Tampa Bay Rays sign Francisco Mejia to minor league deal

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Another catcher in camp to compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster The Tampa Bay Rays have resigned veteran catcher Francisco Mejia to a minor league deal per a report from Marc Topkin. The 28 year old catcher has Major League experience over the past seven seasons, spending the past three campaigns with the Rays. Originally signed by the Cleveland Guardians as an international free agent in 2012, Mejia quickly became one of the organization’s top prospects and one of the best catching prospects in all of baseball. Mejia...
DRaysBay Feb 28, 2024
2024 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: Vote for No. 17

2024 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: Vote for No. 17

Adrian Santana was drafted No. 31 overall in 2023. Rays 2023 supplemental first rounder places lower than expected at No. 16 overall. Previous Winner Adrian Santana, SSRk | .205/.340/.256 (.597 OPS, 73 wRC+) 47 PA, 0 HR, 3 SB Don’t let the stats above fool you, even though his bat will likely lag behind the rest of his game throughout his development. The (currently) switch-hitting Santana is a high school 2023 draft pick that was given 10 games in the Complex League to get a taste of professional life, and should slot into SS for Class-A in 2024, where his glove and...
DRaysBay Feb 26, 2024
2024 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: Vote for No. 16

2024 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: Vote for No. 16

Chandler Simpson in college Lightning fast Chandler Simpson slides into the top-15. Previous Winner Chandler Simpson, OFA | .285/.358/.333 (.691 OPS, 103 wRC+) 397 PA, 0 HR, 81 SBA+ | .326/.429/.393 (.822 OPS, 135 wRC+) 106 PA, 0 HR, 13 SB Yes, you read that right. 94 steals, it’s 80 grade speed. Back in 2021, he also set the record wood bat Northwoods League record with 55 bags in 51 games as a second baseman. The Rays then drafted him in the Comp-B round and moved him to the outfield, where his elite speed might offer promise in center field. His slap happy approach...
DRaysBay Feb 26, 2024
Homage debuts Devil Rays Starter Jackets

Homage debuts Devil Rays Starter Jackets

These STARTER satin jackets are fire. I don’t know what the future of Rays jersey’s hold, but when I think of the past, my greatest desire is to not only see the return of the Devil Rays script, but the return to black. Homage is giving us just that in this incredible return of the MLB Starter Jacket, and this time they’re doing it for all 30 teams. And let me tell you. The Devil Rays jacket does not disappoint! Incredible. Here’s what Homage’s press release had to say about the jackets: HOMAGE is excited to reissue the iconic MLB STARTER satin jacket...
DRaysBay Feb 25, 2024
Rays Trade Candidate: Joey Bart

Rays Trade Candidate: Joey Bart

Photo by Brandon Vallance/ A former top prospect is available for trade. Should the Rays be interested? The San Francisco Giants are a team that has long boasted incredible depth at the catching position — Buster Posey, ever heard of him? — and accordingly seem ready to move on from the once lauded second overall pick of the 2018 draft Joey Bart. The Tampa Bay Rays, who currently do not have a backup catcher on the 40-man roster, would make an obvious fit, should the price be right. At this stage, what the Rays are looking for in a backup are less straight forward...
DRaysBay Feb 25, 2024
Predicting the Rays best month in first half of 2024

Predicting the Rays best month in first half of 2024

Attempting to, anyway... Baseball is a streaky game. At times it feels like a team is unbeatable and cannot stop scoring, and other times it feels like someone put holes in everyone’s bats. The Rays have been no strangers to this phenomenon, as it was only last season they got out to one of the hottest starts in the history of baseball by going 13-0 in the first 13 games of the season and reaching a mark of 35-15 at the 50 game mark of the season. This hot streak would only last so long though, as the Rays would eventually get swept in October in the AL Wild Card Series by...
DRaysBay Feb 23, 2024
2024 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: Vote for No. 15

2024 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: Vote for No. 15

Osleivis Basabe scores | John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports Basabe’s major league debut wasn’t enough to keep him from slipping down our list. Previous Winner Osleivis Basabe, SSAAA | .296/.351/.426 (.777 OPS, 95 wRC+) 426 PA, 4 HR, 16 SBMLB | .218/.277/.310 (.587 OPS, 67 wRC+) 94 PA, 1 HR, 0 SB La Pantera Negra emerged as the answer at short stop after the loss of Taylor Walls to injury and Wander Franco to administrative leave last season. His promotion got the Rays over the line and into the playoffs but was probably sooner than warranted. He’s reliable at a...
DRaysBay Feb 21, 2024
2024 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: Vote for No. 14

2024 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: Vote for No. 14

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Mason Montgomery (84) poses for a photo during media day at the Charlotte Sports Complex. | Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Mason Montgomery lands at 13th overall. Previous Winner Mason Montgomery, LHPAA | 4.18 ERA, 107.2 IP (25 GS) 28.0 K%, 10.5 BB%AAA | 2.70 ERA, 16.2 IP (4 GS) 18.8 K%, 15.9 BB% A sixth rounder from 2021, Montgomery is a favorite over at Baseball Prospectus, ranking in the Rays organization’s top-five last year and in their Top-100 at No. 84. This season he lost some helium, especially after a few ugly starts in the second...
DRaysBay Feb 21, 2024
Rays sign Amed Rosario, add Yu Chang to increase shortstop depth

Rays sign Amed Rosario, add Yu Chang to increase shortstop depth

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Expect Rosario to play a short-side platoon role with Tampa Bay. Amed Rosario, longtime shortstop for the Mets and Guardians, has been signed by the Tampa Bay Rays, in a move that will surprise for several reasons. First is that Rosario is available at all. Among the free agents available this off-season, Rosario could be considered the top free agent shortstop available. Ranked No. 46 on the FanGraphs free agent list but as the top player at his primary position. Second is that Rosario is signing for a $1.5 million guarantee, when FanGraphs...
DRaysBay Feb 20, 2024
Naoyuki Uwasawa wants to stick with the Rays

Naoyuki Uwasawa wants to stick with the Rays

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports But his contract has a March 23 opt-out, so we’ll see if he remains with the organization Perhaps the most interesting non-roster invitees in Port Charlotte this spring is right-handed pitcher Naoyuki Uwasawa out of Japan, and he really wants to pitch for the Rays. Unfortunately, the 30-year old is unlikely to have a spot given how many are ahead of him on the depth chart. But no matter how deep your pitcher depth chart, as Rays fans well know, you never know when you’ll need the next man up. Uwasawa has no illusions. He knows...
DRaysBay Feb 19, 2024
Rays Spring Training Open Thread

Rays Spring Training Open Thread

DENNIS MAFFEZZOLI / HERALD-TRIBUNE / USA TODAY NETWORK Note: the first game is not until Feb 24.
DRaysBay Feb 19, 2024
2024 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: Vote for No. 13

2024 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: Vote for No. 13

Austin Shenton (No. 54) poses for a photo during media day at the Charlotte Sports Complex.  | Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Shenton makes the leap. Previous Winner Austin Shenton, 1BAA | .307/.415/.567 (.982 OPS, 157 wRC+) 306 PA, 15 HR, 0 SBAAA | .301/.432/.603 (1.035 OPS, 158 wRC+) 271 PA, 14 HR, 0 SB Acquired for Diego Castillo mid-2021 amidst a breakout 144 wRC+ performance in Double-A, Shenton’s bat when missing in action after his arrival to the Rays system for the rest of that season and for all of 2022 due to a hip injury that limited him to 52 games,...
DRaysBay Feb 19, 2024
Rays sign RHP Phil Maton

Rays sign RHP Phil Maton

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports He’s already pretty good. Do the Rays need to tinker? It took some time, as the Rays waited until they could use the 60-day injured list to open a roster spot, but quality reliever Phil Maton has opted to join the Rays on a multi-year deal, with a $6.25 million salary and a $250K buyout on a $7.75 million club option for the 2025 season. Our own Daniel Vonderwalde had been circling Maton for our recent free agent reliever roundtable, and I know there are no points for being right here, but as the editor I want you to know he...
DRaysBay Feb 16, 2024
2024 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: Vote for No. 12

2024 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: Vote for No. 12

Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Rays 55th overall draft pick from 2023 slots in at No. 11 Previous Winner Colton Ledbetter, OFRk-A | .274/.377/.438 (.815 OPS, 117 wRC+ in A) 86 PA, 2 HR, 3 SB Considered a top prospect in the 2023 draft, Ledbetter fell to round two unexpectedly and the Rays scooped him up at 55th overall. A five-tool prospect with the instincts and range for center field, Ledbetter made contact in the style of Yandy Diaz in his first foray as a pro, meaning he has yet to find much loft in his power stroke now that he’s traded in his metal bat for...

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