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DRaysBay Dec 26, 2014

2015 DRaysBay Community Prospect #3 Runoff

Which pitcher is the top prospect in the organization? The results for the number three prospect are in, and we need overtime to decide. Alex Colome and Taylor Guerrieri each had 15 votes, and three other prospects combined for 10. Now you can only choose between Colome and Guerrieri. This will run through the weekend, and then the fourth spot will be up for grabs. RHP Alex Colome (6'2 210, 26 in 2015) 2014 statistics with Triple-A Durham: 86 IP, 3.37 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 8.1 BB%, 19.8 K%2014 statistics with Tampa Bay: 23 2/3 IP, 2.66 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 10.3 BB%, 13.4 K% Colome is finally out of...
DRaysBay Dec 23, 2014

Help Wanted: Join the DRaysBay team

DRaysBay is approaching its 10-year anniversary as the premier site for Rays coverage. The site exists as the meeting place for Rays fans to find smart analysis of everything involving the team, with the best platform available to comment and discuss. I'm proud of what DRaysBay is, has been, and will continue to be. Our staff has been headed by Ian, Scott, and myself over the past year, and we were joined by some very strong voices, including some out of our own community (hello Hatfield!). As seasons of life change, writers come and writers go, and DRaysBay carries on. It's a great place...
DRaysBay Dec 23, 2014

Dock of the Rays: Finding another catcher

The Rays may or may not need one more catcher come 2015, and that depends on how highly you value Curt Casali. The Rays typically enjoy having three catchers in Triple-A to support two at the big league club, and this year's depth already has prospect Luke Maile and minor league signee Bobby Wilson in Durham. Recently acquired Rene Rivera profiles as a back up catcher, but the Rays haven't been shy to start non-conventional catchers in more prominent roles in the past. Then there's Curt Casali, a definite back up if he makes the club, and room for one more. Curt Casali Photo Credit:...
DRaysBay Dec 22, 2014

Rays Moments: 1st Career Homeruns

Looking back at some the 1st career HR's of current and past Rays In this franchise's short history, most of the excitement has been generated when the team brings up some exciting prospect who had the chance at being a star, especially back in the Devil Ray days when the team wasn't a perennial contender.  This article will take a look back at when some of those players, perceived stars or eventual stars, who were called up and made an impact. Ben Zobrist When: August 6th, 2006 Where: Tropicana Field Against: Jason Johnson of the Boston Red Sox Situation: In the bottom of the 3rd, Tampa...
Rays Index Dec 22, 2014

[THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

On Friday we took a look at how the 2015 Tampa Bay Rays roster is shaping up. There are still a few mysteries surrounding the roster but they are all linked to the biggest mystery of them all, how different Kevin Cash will be compared to Joe Maddon. On the […]
DRaysBay Dec 22, 2014

2015 DRaysBay Community Prospect #3

Steven Souza made an immediate impact in the organization with a comfortable win I said I was going to start going on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule this week but with the holiday, I'm just doing today and Friday. 1. SS Willy Adames (91.6%)2. OF Steven Souza (52.6%) Here's a refresher on the rules from valued former staff member Michael: For this year's list, the rules will be the same as before. Cast a "+1" vote as a reply to the prospect listed that you think is best. The player receiving the most votes is announced the winner of the spot. Each poll will be open for voting for a two...
DRaysBay Dec 22, 2014

What's next in the Rays Stadium Saga?

The Rays negotiated for a year with new St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman to find a compromise to the untenable stadium situation. The two parties settled on a new deal that would give the Rays permission to look outside the city limits, in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, and provided a buyout from the agreement leasing Tropicana Field, somewhere in the $20-32 million range. Brought before a City Council that previously struck down a payment plan to allow a Stadium search without a buyout, there was incredible skepticism the Rays could win enough votes for a majority from the eight person...
DRaysBay Dec 19, 2014

Do the Rays actually profit from redeveloping Tropicana Field?

Mayor Rick Kriseman took to social media this afternoon to clarify exactly what the Rays stand to benefit from the redevelopment of the land at Tropicana Field. The news that the Rays received any sort of profit from re-developing the site of their current stadium was news to most of us, and during yesterday's City Council proceedings it came as a complete surprise. I'd never heard it mentioned before, and it seemed like a strange premise. The Rays get 50% of profits for turning Tropicana Field's land into something else? That's not entirely true. Regarding development rights at...
Rays Index Dec 19, 2014

What The Rays’ Opening Day Roster Would Look Like If Season Started Today

Now that the Rays have officially announced the Wil Myers trade, let’s take a look at what the roster looks like and how it might look on opening day (some notes below). Lineup: The biggest hole is behind the plate. The Rays added Rene Rivera but lost Ryan Hanigan. The […]
Rays Index Dec 19, 2014

Wil Myers Trade To Padres Is Now Official With Fancy Graphic

The Tampa Bay Rays officially announced the 3-team, 11-player trade with the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres. Here is a fancy graphic. Likes(0)Dislikes(0) © The Professor for Rays Index, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
Rays Index Dec 19, 2014

Durham Bulls Manager Charlie Montoyo Promoted To Rays

The Rays have finalized their coaching staff with third base coach Tom Foley moving to the dugout to become Kevin Cash’s bench coach. To fill Foley’s spot, the Rays have hired Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo to be the new third base coach. In addition, former player Rocco Baldelli, who […]
DRaysBay Dec 19, 2014

Rays name coaching staff: Foley, Montoyo, Baldelli

The Stadium situation might be getting worse, but the Rays have deliver the coaching staff you were hoping for -- moving long time third base coach Tom Foley to bench coach, promoting Durham manager Charlie Montoyo to third base coach, and adding Rocco Baldelli to first base. In turn, George Hendrick has accepted a new position in the organization as a baseball operations special adviser, exchanging rolls with Baldelli. Per the press release, the rest of the coaching staff will remain intact: Jim Hickey returns for a ninth season as Rays pitching coach (praise DeJesus!), Derek Shelton...
Rays Index Dec 19, 2014

[THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

Two weeks ago we learned that the price for the Rays to buy their way out of their contract with the city of St. Pete to use Tropicana Field — $20 million at most — turned out to be a lot less than we thought it would be. Well, it turns out […]
DRaysBay Dec 19, 2014

Reactions to the City Council vote

"St. Petersburg -- and the entire Tampa Bay region -- stands to lose our Major League Baseball team and receive nothing in return." - Mayor Rick Kriseman Reactions have been strong since the City Council denied the Rays an opportunity to explore Pinellas and Hillsborough counties for a new stadium location. If only it were that simple. The new deal would have also provided a termination clause for the current use agreement of Tropicana Field, at an affordable cost between $20-32 million, but allowed the Rays to keep 50% of the profits from the redevelopment of the land currently in use, 85...
DRaysBay Dec 19, 2014

How the Rays lost the City Council vote

The Rays nearly had the City Council's approval. After a year of negotiating, the proposed deal not only would have allowed the Rays to look in Pinellas and Hillsborough County for a new Stadium site, but provided a sliding payment scale for termination of the "use agreement" that leases Tropicana Field. This was set to be a monumental win for the Rays, until Councilman Nurse called Rays President Brian Auld back to the podium to discuss a generally looked-over aspect to the use agreement. #raysvote Rays President Brian Auld makes his comments as the mayor looks on...
DRaysBay Dec 18, 2014

City Council votes to deny Stadium Search

The City Council of St. Petersburg has denied a deal that would allow the Rays to look outside the city of St. Petersburg for a new stadium location. Leading the Rays proposal was Mayor Rick Kriseman, who negotiated the deal, and it's sliding scale of $32 million in payments for the Rays to vacate the lease, should the team want to leave St. Pete. Addressing the Council, Kriseman said flat out that the dollar amount agreed upon was the most the Rays were willing to pay. Rays president Brian Auld followed by promising the goal of the deal was to "preserve baseball in Tampa Bay... for...
DRaysBay Dec 18, 2014

2015 DRaysBay Community Prospect #2

After a resounding Willy Adames victory to claim the top spot, who is Tampa Bay's #2 prospect? Either there's a clear consensus that Willy Adames is the top prospect in the organization, or many liked voting for the first player alphabetically. 1. SS Willy Adames (91.6%) Here are the choices in today's voting, and remember you can always vote for someone else responding to the Others comment or suggest a new player for the next poll by responding to the Testers comment. With the influx of new players, I'm throwing Steven Souza in here now. I'm not sure exactly where they'll go, but of the...
DRaysBay Dec 18, 2014

Wil Myers traded to Padres

In a foot note from beat writer Marc Topkin, we learned that the industry has more interest in Matt Joyce's expiring contract than David DeJesus's two-year deal, and that teams are asking about Wil Myers. A good question is why? Wil Myers has a powerful swing, but with more holes than the waffle fries at Chick-Fil-A. He's athletic enough to play center field, but his defense grades out as average-at-best in the corners, where he's already had moments of awkwardness. It was an outfield collision that led to his broken wrist, causing him to miss the last 70 games of the season. Furthermore,...
DRaysBay Dec 18, 2014

How am I supposed to feel about the Wil Myers trade?

The important question. When Andrew Friedman left the Rays front office, he left alone. The majority of the brain trust in the Rays front office now is the same group as it was last year when the Rays traded David Price. And not much has changed since the Rays traded Delmon Young and Scott Kazmir and James Shields. When Kazmir and Young were about to fall off the face of the planet, they were gone, bringing back a haul of dependable pieces. When Matt Garza and James Shields were at peak value, they were gone too, bringing back solid pieces to keep the Rays afloat. (Remove a few devastating...
DRaysBay Dec 18, 2014

The Rays return in the proposed Wil Myers trade

According to multiple reports the Rays have traded 2013 Rookie of the Year Wil Myers, along with primary catcher Ryan Hanigan, expensively signed LHP Jose Castillo, and under-sized 22-year old RHP Gerardo Reyes for four prospects and Padres catcher Rene Rivera. As far as what's been dealt, there's significant worry here that the Rays are selling low. When he was acquired, Myers was a top-five prospect in the game. Most recently, his 2014 season was a wash, with a broken wrist on a fielding blunder preventing him from fixing his sophomore slump. Furthermore, Myers has raw power but has too...

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