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DRaysBay 6 hours ago
Rays Your Voice: Under the Radar, with Jamal Wilburg

Rays Your Voice: Under the Radar, with Jamal Wilburg

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Which stories will develop in Spring Training? We’re officially in the dog days of Spring Training, and while the initial novelty of these exhibition games may have worn off, there are plenty of storylines developing that will run throughout the 2021 campaign. Jamal Wilburg joins the show this week to talk about some of those stories in Rays camp and around baseball. We know the race to win the NL West between the Dodgers and Padres is going to be intense, but what about baseball’s less glamorous divisions? There is a lot of hype...
DRaysBay 7 hours ago
Season Preview: Manuel “MarGOAT” made some improvements last year

Season Preview: Manuel “MarGOAT” made some improvements last year

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ He should have a role even in the Rays crowded outfield Last off-season the Rays traded former closer Emilio Pagan to their number one trade partner, the San Diego Padres, for C/OF prospect Logan Driscoll and former top prospect Manuel Margot. MLB.com’s Juan Toribio reported: Neander said the club had pursued Margot throughout the offseason and had tried to acquire him with prospects, but the Padres continued to ask for a Major League player. In the shortened 2020 season, Margot proved to be a valuable asset on the Rays, mainly...
DRaysBay 8 hours ago
View from the Catwalk: Wacha, Baz shine

View from the Catwalk: Wacha, Baz shine

Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays Rays News Rays have the day off today, after dropping a game to the Twins yesterday. On the pitching side, Wacha, Reed, and Baz (see below) looked good, McHugh and Hess less so. On offense, Austin Meadows hit a loud home run. Rays prospect Shane Baz, Big fastballs (5 swinging strikes)97.5 mph / 2,591 rpm98.5 mph / 2,442 rpm97.2 mph / 2,438 rpm97.9 mph / 2,438 rpm99.8 mph / 2,471 rpm (K) pic.twitter.com/z2HQvaKXco— David Adler (@_dadler) March 7, 2021 Joey Wendle stans, you can read more about him and listen to an interview that...
DRaysBay Mar 5, 2021
View from the Catwalks: Luis Patiño’s Electric Rays Debut

View from the Catwalks: Luis Patiño’s Electric Rays Debut

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Plus: Old friend in a new place also makes their spring debut Rays News Notes: Patiño pounds zone; Yarbrough ‘crisp’ - Adam Berry, MLB.com: Rays fans get first game action look at the next big thing in the Rays future rotation. It was just 10 pitches, and still just Spring Training with limited cameras and data, but something to watch going forward with Patiño: Luis Patiño averaged 12.1" of vertical mvmt (vMov) on his 4S in 2020.Eyeballing his mvmt plot from today - looks like 5/7 4S were
DRaysBay Mar 4, 2021
Rays in the Community: Drivers license suspensions hurt the working poor

Rays in the Community: Drivers license suspensions hurt the working poor

Team supports bi-partisan “Fines and Fees Justice Center” campaign. Let’s look at two scenarios. In scenario 1, a driver — let’s call her Fran — is stopped by an overly eager sheriff’s deputy for allegedly rolling through a stop sign. She swears she came to a full stop, she’s irritated by the ticket, but once she gets home she reluctantly pulls out her checkbook and sends the county $75. In scenario 2, we have the same stop sign, the same overly eager sheriff’s deputy and the same $75 ticket. But in this scenario, the driver — let’s call her Beth —...
DRaysBay Mar 3, 2021
Wander Franco clobbers first spring homerun

Wander Franco clobbers first spring homerun

The game’s top prospect absolutely destroyed this baseball The number one prospect in all of baseball, Wander Franco, just absolutely clobbered his first homerun of the spring. Starting at shortstop and hitting 7th for the Tampa Bay Rays in Wednesday’s contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Port Charlotte, Franco came up to bat in the bottom of second. Facing Pirates right-handed pitcher Miguel Yajure, Franco didn’t waste any time as he went after the first offering and sent it to orbit. More accurately, he dropped the bat head and barreled the ball deep to right field...
DRaysBay Mar 3, 2021
View from the Catwalks: Brett Phillips is mic’d up

View from the Catwalks: Brett Phillips is mic’d up

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports Phillips is mic’d up, Padlo hits a bomb, and a Meadows comeback If you missed the game yesterday, Brett Phillips was mic’d up and it was glorious. Brett Phillips is a national treasure pic.twitter.com/qReBWIkmws— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) March 2, 2021 Brett Phillips: "Hey Cash money. Did you know Taylor Walls went to the same University as you did?"Kevin Cash: "Why do you think he's playing?" pic.twitter.com/smj7PurGI8— ESPN (@espn) March 2, 2021 And an extended clip: Could listen to @brett_phillips8 mic'd...
DRaysBay Mar 2, 2021
Rays Your Voice: Construction of the 2021 Pitching Staff, with Darby Robinson

Rays Your Voice: Construction of the 2021 Pitching Staff, with Darby Robinson

Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/ How will the Rays put together their 1,450-piece puzzle? Games are underway in Spring Training, and as of right now * knocking on wood *, there is no major injury news to report. Hooray! In this episode, Darby and I take a deeper look at how the Rays will construct their pitching staff in 2021 after a flurry of Major League signings make the Opening Day roster look more solidified, and adds some question marks to the outlooks for some of the younger arms. The biggest challenge is going from a 60-game schedule to a 162-game schedule with...
DRaysBay Mar 1, 2021
Yoshi Tsutsugo gets a second chance

Yoshi Tsutsugo gets a second chance

Rays Baseball The struggling slugger is hoping for a redemption arc. After trading away the team’s top hitter in Tommy Pham during the winter of 2019, the Tampa Bay Rays made some waves when they secured a contract with free agent Japanese slugger, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, with the offset salary. Tsutsugo had played the previous ten years as a member of the Yokohama Bay Stars, with whom he hit .285/.382/.528 with 205 homeruns over 968 games played. During the peak of his performance with Yokohama, Tsutsugo was among the top players in Nippon Professional Baseball on a...
DRaysBay Mar 1, 2021
Chris Archer’s Top 5 moments in Rays Career (So far)

Chris Archer’s Top 5 moments in Rays Career (So far)

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ On June 20th, 2012 twenty-three year old Chris Archer took the mound at Nationals Park donning a Rays uniform for the first time. The wiry flame-thrower mounted the rubber and immediately fell behind 3-0 to the Nationals’ leadoff hitter Steve Lombardozzi. He would fire the first strike of his career to bring the count to 3-1 and then surrender a double to Lombardozzi, an RBI single to Bryce Harper, and a run scoring grounder to Ryan Zimmerman who reached on an error. By the end of the first, the Nationals were up 3-0 and...
DRaysBay Mar 1, 2021
View from the Catwalk: Rays open spring with a win

View from the Catwalk: Rays open spring with a win

Will Vragovic/Rays Baseball Rays News Spring training games have begun! The Rays started their spring season with a walk-off win courtesy of a Tristan Gray 2-run homer in the seventh (remember, mostly games will run just 7 innings). Austin Meadows and Mike Brosseau also homered, as six pitchers split the workload. You can eventually catch some Rays on television, here’s the Fox schedule. In addition, the Rays’ Tuesday game against the Red Sox will be on ESPN. MLB has announced their television schedule for spring and they have exactly zero games featuring the AL...
DRaysBay Feb 26, 2021
Season Preview: Austin Meadows is in the Best Shape of His Life

Season Preview: Austin Meadows is in the Best Shape of His Life

Will Vragovic / Tampa Bay Rays Austin Meadows was the breakout big bat for the 2019 Tampa Bay Rays, hitting .291/.364/.558 and putting up a 143 wRC+ while leading the team with 33 homers. Expectations for his role as a pillar of the offense were high, but then 2020 threw a wrench into plans. During intake testing at the beginning of Spring Training 2.0 Meadows tested positive for COVID-19. This delayed his preparation for the season by a few weeks and he ultimately wasn’t activated on the MLB roster until the second week of the season. Meadows looked sluggish and just...
DRaysBay Feb 26, 2021
View from the Catwalks: Yoshi stock to the moon?

View from the Catwalks: Yoshi stock to the moon?

Rays Baseball Plus: first probable pitchers revealed, Rays News Do Rays have reason to believe in Yoshi Tsutsugo? - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: More than a few writers here on DRB are also buying Yoshi stock. Yoshi steps into spring with ‘fresh mind’ - Adam Berry, MLB.com: This stock is a rocket to the moon! Slimmer Meadows eager to regain ‘19 form - Adam Berry, MLB.com: BSOHL szn! Baseball is so close, you can almost taste the lineup and pitching cards: #Rays probable pitchers for 1st games, subject to change: Sun, ATL: Ellis, Strickland, Springs,...
DRaysBay Feb 25, 2021
Jeffrey Springs could be a weapon for the 2021 Rays

Jeffrey Springs could be a weapon for the 2021 Rays

Will Vragovic / Tampa Bay Rays Good news: he can get out both lefties and righties Many Rays fans were left scratching their heads when the team traded catching prospect Ronaldo Hernandez to the Boston Red Sox for two pitchers who were recently designated for assignment in Chris Mazza and Jeffrey Springs. Both Mazza and Springs are similar in that they are older than you would expect considering the bodies of their respective major league contributions. Despite that, the Rays see both of them as arms who could be asked to get important late inning outs as the team...
DRaysBay Feb 25, 2021
SB Nation Reacts: Tatis Test Case

SB Nation Reacts: Tatis Test Case

Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/ What percent of Rays fans would want a similar deal for the team’s top player? Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in Tampa Bay Rays fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. Earlier this week the San Diego Padres and star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. agreed to an enormous contract extension worth a reported $340 million over 14 years. Tatis Jr. is entering only his third year in the majors, but has already emerged as one of the...

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