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Rays prospects and winter leagues: Franco hits offseason homer

Rays prospects and winter leagues: Franco hits offseason homer

Adam Sanford The Rays had three more players begin offseason play last week. The biggest minor league news wasn’t in Arizona last week but off the field. Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper reported on MLB’s stunning proposal to reshape the minor leagues. It’s important to note that it’s part of an ongoing negotiation, so the changes described aren’t guaranteed to take place. However, even changes that aren’t quite that drastic would change hundreds of careers and dozens of communities. Hitters 2B Jonathan Aranda, Liga Mexicana del Pacífico This week: 1 AB, 1 KOffseason: 1 AB,...
DRaysBay Oct 18, 2019
Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Houston or Washington?

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Houston or Washington?

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports Not to write off New York until they’re truly dead and buried, but we’re never rooting for them regardless With the Astros holding a commanding 3-1 lead over the Yankees, and the Nationals having already clinched their first-ever pennant in the NL, it’s time to think about which team the Rays fanbase will be supporting in the World Series at this point. Clearly, if the Yankees storm back to a pennant we’ll be rooting for the Nats, and I think Washington’s lovable underdogs are the picks regardless of whomever comes out of the AL, but I weirdly...
DRaysBay Oct 17, 2019
Looking ahead: Rays 2020 roster decisions

Looking ahead: Rays 2020 roster decisions

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Tampa Bay Rays are coming off a successful 96-win season, a Wild Card game win, and a respectable (if ultimately unsuccessful) bid to win the division series. With the season behind us, it’s time to take inventory of what the 2020 Rays could look like. The Rays are a very young team, so it’s not surprising that they don’t have many pending free agents. Travis d’Arnaud, Avisail Garcia, and Eric Sogard are scheduled to hit free agency. The Rays could, if they so desired, essentially bring the 2019 team back for 2020. Guaranteed Contracts The Rays...
DRaysBay Oct 17, 2019
Rays’ Franco, McKay among top prospects in respective leagues

Rays’ Franco, McKay among top prospects in respective leagues

Wander Franco was the top prospect in each league he played in this season | Adam Sanford Some of the Rays’ top talent stacks up well against prospects from other organizations. In recent weeks, Baseball America began prospect-ranking season when it rolled out its league top-20 prospect rankings for subscribers. These lists can be interesting, maybe more than the organization lists — which is something I say every year for this post. A No. 1 prospect in an organization without depth could be a No. 5 prospect in a deeper one, but on these league lists, we really see how top prospects...
DRaysBay Oct 16, 2019
Rays Postseason Attendance Analysis

Rays Postseason Attendance Analysis

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports I started tracking and analyzing Rays attendance in 2014. That year, the Rays went 79-83, their first year under .500 since 2007. The year earlier, in 2013, the Rays made the playoffs for the fourth time in six years. The Rays continued to slump in 2014, again finishing under .500. The year that followed, 2015, was a rebuilding year. Gone were Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon, architects of the 2008-2013 contenders. In came Kevin Cash, Matt Silverman and eventually Erik Neander, and a rebuilt core of players. The Rays struggled to win games and lost...
DRaysBay Oct 14, 2019
Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Man, what a year

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Man, what a year

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports This is a good week for reflection and actually talking to friends and family Now that we have all had to time to unwind from Game Five of the ALDS, and the division series as a whole, man is the takeaway clear: What an amazing season for the Rays. They turned over plenty of the roster yet again, dealt with injuries on an unprecedented level, played in one of the toughest divisions in baseball yet again, but they were able to overcome all that for not just a playoff spot, not just a Wild Card Game victory, but a legitimate toe-to-toe showdown with not just...
DRaysBay Oct 14, 2019
Rays prospects and winter leagues: Rays impress in Fall Stars Game

Rays prospects and winter leagues: Rays impress in Fall Stars Game

Josh Lowe has remained productive this fall | Photo by Buck Davidson/MLB Photos via In addition to the Fall Stars Game Saturday, Wander Franco’s offseason schedule got underway. It was the busiest week yet of the offseason. Half of the Rays’ Arizona Fall League contingent played in Saturday’s Fall Stars Game, and Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana got underway — that means Wander Franco’s winter ball season has begun. There was a lot written about that Fall Stars Game. MLB.com’s prospect team covered the best tools and the best performers in the game....
DRaysBay Oct 13, 2019
Gameday Thread for remaining League Championship games

Gameday Thread for remaining League Championship games

Photo by Scott Kane/ Rays are out (sob) but we still like to watch. Share your thoughts here. Sorry not to post this earlier, but I was observing the customary 48 hours of mourning following the demise of my team’s season. We all agree that we want the Yankees to lose, right? I had hoped they’d be swept but too late for that. As for the NL, I’m jumping on the Nats bandwagon because Sean Doolittle has a twitter thread showcasing independent bookstores in every city he visits. This man deserves a WS appearance! Use this thread to share your rooting interests, and comment on...
DRaysBay Oct 11, 2019
View from the Catwalks: End of the line, beginning of the next one

View from the Catwalks: End of the line, beginning of the next one

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Rays season ends in the ALDS This season ended shorter than we all would have wanted. The Rays team proved a lot of folks wrong each step of the way this year. They proved 2018 was no fluke and that it was just the beginning of something. This year they won 96 games. They toppled the Oakland A’s on the road in front of 52,000+ rowdy people and made the Coliseum grow quiet. They then took the Houston Astros, the best team in baseball and one of the very best teams assembled in decades in the sport, to the very limit. They went toe-to-toe with a...
DRaysBay Oct 10, 2019
Rays: 1, Astros: 6 - Rays’ magical ride ends at the hands of Gerrit Cole

Rays: 1, Astros: 6 - Rays’ magical ride ends at the hands of Gerrit Cole

Photo by Bob Levey/ This Rays’ team is special Win or go home. Game 5. Surprisingly I’m not stressed out. That is probably going to change. We got knocked down. We punched back. Now we need to finish the fight.#StayHungry pic.twitter.com/lu13sor5AK— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) October 10, 2019 Let’s GO! Cole started the Rays out with two strikeouts of Meadows and Pham, but fan favorite Ji-Man Choi worked a full count walk to give the Rays their first baserunner, but Travis d’Arnaud would fly out to end the 1st inning. Still the Rays worked Cole to about 20...
DRaysBay Oct 10, 2019
GDT: oh my god this is finally happening

GDT: oh my god this is finally happening

Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via I’m honestly gonna be sick. The Rays are playing with house money but BOY this has been a wild ride!
DRaysBay Oct 10, 2019
Rays announce roster for ALDS game five

Rays announce roster for ALDS game five

Photo by Jane Tyska/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via The Rays are hoping Sogard can be so good. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It’s an adage oft cited by those who think change is scary, but also those who know when a good thing is works, why mess with it? For the Rays, who announced their lineup for ALDS game five against the Houston Astros on Thursday afternoon, they seem ready to stick to a tried and true formula, with one interesting shift. The batting order includes a few positional shuffles, and also the inclusion of Eric Sogard at second base instead of Brandon...
DRaysBay Oct 10, 2019
Gerrit Cole is good, but he’s only human

Gerrit Cole is good, but he’s only human

Photo by Bob Levey/ The Rays have an opportunity to best the Astros ace The Tampa Bay Rays headed back to St. Petersburg last weekend with their backs against the wall, down 2-0 to the Houston Astros in the ALDS. Behind the support of a loud home crowd, the Rays took control of their two home games early to tie the series 2-2. On Thursday evening, the Rays take on the raid boss of the Astros: Gerrit Cole. The probable American League Cy Young winner will take the mound to start game five. Cole’s season has been incredible. In 212.1 innings he put up a 2.50 ERA, 2.64 FIP, and 2.48 xFIP....
DRaysBay Oct 10, 2019
How to watch Game 5 of the American League Division Series

How to watch Game 5 of the American League Division Series

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Join a watch party or follow from home Tonight, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros will engage in a pivotal game five, where the loser’s World Series hopes are dashed while the winners will advanced to the League Championship Series to take on the New York Yankees on Saturday for game one. Unfortunately, tonight’s game is taking place in Houston so the Rays thunderous home crowd that had been so intense from start to finish in games three and four will not be a factor for game five. However, you can still bond with the Rays community as the Rays...
DRaysBay Oct 10, 2019
Travis d’Arnaud embodies the underdog spirit of the Rays

Travis d’Arnaud embodies the underdog spirit of the Rays

Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via He’s making the most of his time in the spotlight Sometimes, all it takes for success is to be in the right place at the right time. In baseball, that usually means the right trade or free agent pick up, sending a previously lackluster player to a new team, where he suddenly begins to shine. Whether it’s new coaches, new teammates, or just a new kind of energy, there’s something in the air that brings a player to life. No one embodies this more than Travis d’Arnaud. There is a moment in every Travis d’Arnaud at bat where he stares down...

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