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Tampa Bay Times 4 hours ago
Who and what is missing from Rays camp

Who and what is missing from Rays camp

PORT CHARLOTTE - They'll gather Monday for the first time as the full squad, raving about their new mates, joking among those who are back for more. With all the excitement about what the Rays have gained in terms of talent and opportunity, this is also a spring of loss.
Tampa Bay Times 7 hours ago
Live from Port Charlotte: Yandy Diaz muscles way in to Rays camp

Live from Port Charlotte: Yandy Diaz muscles way in to Rays camp

PORT CHARLOTTE - Infielder Yandy Diaz arrived in Rays camp on Sunday, and made an immediate impression with his well-muscled arms.Diaz, acquired from Cleveland in the Jake Bauers trade, is known as something of a workout fiend, and more than a few players were checking out the
Tampa Bay Times Feb 16, 2019
Rays Tales: Are we really talking this much about the opener?

Rays Tales: Are we really talking this much about the opener?

PORT CHARLOTTE - The biggest surprise of the opening week of spring training is how much talk there has been about the opener.The Rays unveiled the innovative pitching strategy last May and used it in more than 50 games. A half dozen other teams experimented with it in some
Tampa Bay Times Feb 16, 2019
Live from Port Charlotte: First steps for Brandon Lowe, Ji-Man Choi

Live from Port Charlotte: First steps for Brandon Lowe, Ji-Man Choi

PORT CHARLOTTE - Brandon Lowe is already hard at work learning how to play first base.Lowe worked Saturday with new infield coach Rodney Linares, who had him doing a drill with bouncing rubber racquetballs he could catch barehanded. That was a day after special assistant Tom Foley
Tampa Bay Times Feb 16, 2019
Did you hear this one about new Rays pitcher Charlie Morton ...

Did you hear this one about new Rays pitcher Charlie Morton ...

PORT CHARLOTTE -"Everyone,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch says, "has a Charlie Morton story. They all center around him being selfless and all about others.''Hinch has several from his two years managing Morton, the deep-thinking Renaissance
Tampa Bay Times Feb 16, 2019
Rays Kevin Kiermaier: 'I'm still a really damn good player and I'm going to go prove that'

Rays Kevin Kiermaier: 'I'm still a really damn good player and I'm going to go prove that'

PORT CHARLOTTE - Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier made clear this morning how determined he is to rebound from a poor and injury shortened 2018 season."I'm very motivated,'' Kiermaier said before today's workout in Port Charlotte. "I always play with that chip on my
Tampa Bay Times Feb 15, 2019
Astros' Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander rip Rays' use of the opener strategy

Astros' Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander rip Rays' use of the opener strategy

Astros starters Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander are the latest veteran pitchers to criticize the innovative opener pitching strategy introduced by the Rays last season.
Tampa Bay Times Feb 15, 2019
Experience has taught Rays pitcher Oliver Drake to pack light

Experience has taught Rays pitcher Oliver Drake to pack light

PORT CHARLOTTE - One of the lessons Rays pitcher Oliver Drake has learned over the past year is that comfort is a luxury while living on the fringe of a major league roster.Since the beginning of the 2018 season, the right-hander been in six different organizations, including
Tampa Bay Times Feb 15, 2019
Live from Port Charlotte: Kevin Kiermaier joins Rays camp

Live from Port Charlotte: Kevin Kiermaier joins Rays camp

PORT CHARLOTTE - Centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier joined the early-reporting position players at Rays camp on Friday, looking in even better shape than usual.Manager Kevin Cash said it will be a priority to keep Kiermaier healthy after a third straight injury-shortened season.
DRaysBay Feb 15, 2019
DRaysBay Top Prospects 2019: No. 2, LHP/1B Brendan McKay

DRaysBay Top Prospects 2019: No. 2, LHP/1B Brendan McKay

Brendan McKay was the fourth overall pick for the Tampa Bay Rays out of the University of Louisville. McKay was a three time winner of the John Olerud Award, given to the best two way player in college baseball, and since his selection the Rays have been committed to trying to see if he could make it work in professional baseball. Being good enough to be a major leaguer on one side of the ball is extremely difficult, much less while splitting your time between pitching and hitting, but Shohei Ohtani showed what the upside could look like if a player can be very good on both sides of the...
DRaysBay Feb 15, 2019
View from the Catwalk: Poche Posse

View from the Catwalk: Poche Posse

Get ready for the Year of Poche Every spring one or two players get the underground buzz really going surrounding What Could Be for the season to be. This year, 25-year-old Rays prospect, lefty Colin Poche, is getting that buzz. He’s the perfect candidate for this kind of treatment: Never tooooo big of a name; he got the FanGraphs treatment in the form of both a Jeff Sullivan article and Effectively Wild discussion; his stuff isn’t overpowering, which makes him intriguing; and his numbers were mind-bending at Triple-A last season (14.04 K/9; 1.08 ERA). Poche got the Toribio Treatment...
Tampa Bay Times Feb 15, 2019
Slugger C.J. Cron says he didn't see Rays' move to DFA him coming, 'but I wasn't shocked either'

Slugger C.J. Cron says he didn't see Rays' move to DFA him coming, 'but I wasn't shocked either'

FORT MYERS -- Former Rays slugger C.J. Cron said that being designated for assigment by Tampa Bay over the offseason came as a surprise, but realized it wasn't the first time the organization abruptly cut ties with one of its top power bats. Cron hit a career-high 30 homers
DRaysBay Feb 15, 2019
2019 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 25

2019 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 25

Jose De Leon is the second player in the last four votes to fall out of the top 10 due to injury. Previous winner RHP Jose De Leon (6’1 220, 26 in 2019) 2018 statistics: Did not pitch De Leon missed all of 2018 due to Tommy John surgery. That came on the heels of an injury-plagued 2017 season that saw him go on the disabled list three times. When healthy, he was one of the top strikeout pitchers in the minors, and he also threw a lot of strikes. His fastball sat in the low-90s, and his changeup was his best pitch. His slider had above-average potential too. Jose De Leon had a pretty...
Tampa Bay Times Feb 14, 2019
Why talking a good game is important for Rays Blake Snell and Mike Zunino

Why talking a good game is important for Rays Blake Snell and Mike Zunino

PORT CHARLOTTE : Cy Young award winner Blake Snell said throwing his first bullpen session of camp wasn't anything special though he was pleased with his work.He was excited, however, to start the process of throwing to, and then talking with, new catcher Mike Zunino, a
Tampa Bay Times Feb 14, 2019
What are the secrets to Rays relief candidate Colin Poche's success?

What are the secrets to Rays relief candidate Colin Poche's success?

PORT CHARLOTTE : Everything to do with relief pitching these days seems keyed to max velocity, who can light up radar guns the brightest.Then there's Colin Poche.The Rays lefty relief candidate throws a fastball clocked in the low 90s. Usually over the plate.

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