11:45 AM EDT, Tue May 21, 2019
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Rays 2019 MLB draft preview: College pitchers

Rays 2019 MLB draft preview: College pitchers

It’s not a deep draft for college pitching, but there are possibilities for the Rays. The 2019 MLB draft begins on June 3. With that date rapidly approaching, it’s time to start previewing some players who will hear their names called next month. The Rays have four picks on the first day of the draft — Nos. 22 and 61 in the normal draft order, and Nos. 36 and 40 in the competitive balance round. They were awarded the No. 36 pick, and they acquired the No. 40 pick in the three-team trade headlined by Oakland’s acquisition of Jurickson Profar. Some of these players have been connected...
2 hours ago
View from the Catwalk: Rays continue road trip with two games at home vs. Dodgers

View from the Catwalk: Rays continue road trip with two games at home vs. Dodgers

Tommy Pham and Austin Meadows visit the MLB Network Skybox to talk hitting It’s hard to call this a homestand. After two in Miami and three in New York, the Rays travel back to the Trop for two against the Dodgers. After that, it’s right back out for four games in Cleveland. The last time the (Devil) Rays hosted the Dodgers, it was 2007, and here were the starting lineups: Just for fun, here were a few more things that happened in 2007: The Departed won Best Picture Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published The first iPhone came out Rihanna released ‘Umbrella’ The Writers...
4 hours ago
Rays prospects and minor leagues: Ronaldo Hernandez and Jim Haley power Charlotte to rout of Jupiter.

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Ronaldo Hernandez and Jim Haley power Charlotte to rout of Jupiter.

Shane Baz put together solid start for Bowling Green. Jim Haley (Charlotte) led a 15 run outburst for the Charlotte Stone Crabs with two homers. Ronaldo Hernandez (Charlotte) added a homer. Shane Baz (Bowling Green) put up a solid 5.0 inning start. Triple-A Durham Bulls (25-17) The Durham Bulls had a scheduled day off. Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (28-16) The Montgomery Biscuits fell to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 5-1. Lucius Fox broke up the no hitter by Jacksonville pitchers with one out in the eighth. Robbie Tenerowicz led off the ninth with a double and scored on a wild pitch. CF Josh...
20 hours ago
Tommy Pham’s 2019 struggles with the slider

Tommy Pham’s 2019 struggles with the slider

He’s still been very good; he could be even better Eno Sarris had an interesting article the other day. Shocking, I know. You should read the whole article, but our focus here at DRB is on a chart Sarris included, in particular four of the top six names on that chart. Of the players to see the biggest increase in sliders+cutters this season from last, four of the top six are Rays: Willy Adames (2nd), Tommy Pham (3rd), Brandon Lowe (5th), Yandy Diaz (6th). It is early enough that I am not here to say that this is something pitchers, writ large, are doing more often in their attack against...
23 hours ago
When I was a boy...

When I was a boy...

In which the writer pines for the good old days For as much credit as baseball gets for being “timeless” – the rare sport where you can make legitimate comparisons across different eras – it sure has changed a lot since I was a boy during the `70s and `80s. Some of these changes I’m cool with; some I am very get-off-my-lawny about. Below is my brief list of things I miss about the way things used to be. The hard grounder back through the box I’m fine with the shift; no, really! And the folks who complain about the shift, maybe even talk about banning the shift, are very dumb...
May 20, 2019
View from the Catwalks: The Opener Turns 1

View from the Catwalks: The Opener Turns 1

Plus: Yandy Diaz X-Rays come back negative, but his “intentional HBP” radar came back positive. Happy 1 year to The Opener Happy Anniversary, baseball world!#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/VyjAJEaw5A— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) May 19, 2019 Yesterday was the 1 year anniversary of Sergio Romo throwing a pitch in the 1st inning against the Angels. And with it, shockwaves of hot takes, wondering, debate (both good and bad faith), and discussions of what this meant for baseball? Was it good? Was it evil? Was it pointless? A lot of those debates still rage. Now, I would be doing a major...
May 20, 2019
Rays prospects and minor leagues: Duffy homers as rehab continues

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Duffy homers as rehab continues

Matt Duffy had a big role in Charlotte’s offensive explosion Sunday. Moises Gomez’s season line of a .232 average, .306 on-base percentage, and .406 slugging percentage doesn’t look too impressive, but it’s still significantly higher than league average. And with two more home runs Sunday, his line in May is very similar to his breakout 2018 season — .263/.313/.509. The 40.7% strikeout rate will have to come down though. Triple-A Durham Bulls (25-17) Durham couldn’t keep Rochester in the park in a 6-4 loss. The Red Wings hit four home runs, including one in the top of the...
May 19, 2019
Rays 5, Yankees 13: We gotta get out of this place

Rays 5, Yankees 13: We gotta get out of this place

Bad pitching and shoddy defense waste some solid work with the stick I had a great intro written about the anniversary of the Opener and how funny it is that the Yankees are using one today, but I deleted the whole thing in the sixth because a game like this one doesn’t deserve great intros. This game deserves sad trombones and extra strong toilet paper. If you missed it, be thankful. It wasn’t terrible the whole way, but don’t let these first several paragraphs fool you. It was BAD. Green struggled through a scoreless first. Leadoff man Austin Meadows worked a walk, but was quickly...
May 19, 2019
GDT: New York, New York

GDT: New York, New York

Let's get the HECK out of here. A win today would be INCREDIBLE, but mostly I want to be out of The City That Never Sleeps.
May 19, 2019
Rays prospects and minor leagues: Cronenworth makes pitching debut

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Cronenworth makes pitching debut

The college two-way star finally made his pro debut as a pitcher Saturday. I don’t want to say it was inevitable that Jake Cronenworth would end up pitching professionally, but didn’t it feel possible when the Rays added Brendan McKay and Tanner Dodson in back-to-back drafts, indicating they’re interested in two-way players? Except for 2018, he’s hit well professionally, but when he was drafted, it was a bit of a surprise that it was as an infielder and not a pitcher. Triple-A Durham Bulls (25-16) Durham closed with four straight runs in a 4-3 win over Rochester. Nick Solak’s RBI...
May 18, 2019
Rays: 2, Yankees: 1 - Clutch HRs fuel Rays win

Rays: 2, Yankees: 1 - Clutch HRs fuel Rays win

It is so nice to have Meadows back After a disappointing and frustrating 4-3 loss, the Rays will look to rebound against Masahiro Tanaka by sending Blake Snell on the mound; a rematch of an equally frustrating loss on Sunday where nothing weird happened. Suit back up, and take back first. https://t.co/tJKotKCnmg#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/qlIP5MIDh0— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) May 18, 2019 Remember when the Rays out scored opponents in the 1st inning? That didn’t happen. Masahiro Tanaka started the game where he left off on Sunday, striking out all three batters he faced in the...
May 18, 2019
GDT: I miss the Citrus Series

GDT: I miss the Citrus Series

So there’s a game today? Did anyone tell the bats?
May 18, 2019
Rays activate Wood, option Pruitt

Rays activate Wood, option Pruitt

Plus an update on Matt Duffy’s rehab The Tampa Bay Rays have activated right-handed pitcher Hunter Wood off of the 10-day Injured List and have optioned right-handed pitcher Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham. Wood rejoins the Rays after a short stint on the Injured List, due to a shoulder soreness. He has pitched in just four games for Tampa Bay this season, as he also spent some time on the Family Medical Emergency list as he left the team to be with his wife and newborn daughter. During his four games, Wood has been scoreless over 6 1⁄3 innings pitched, striking out seven and walking...
May 18, 2019
Rays prospects and minor leagues: McClanahan strikes out 9 in Hot Rods win

Rays prospects and minor leagues: McClanahan strikes out 9 in Hot Rods win

The Rays’ second pick from the 2018 draft has been effective lately. Last season, the Quad Cities River Bandits set a minor league baseball record when they struck out 1,514 batters. At the pace they’re on, if the 2019 Hot Rods pitch as many innings as Quad Cities did last season, they’ll strike out 1,506 batters. There are still a lot of games to play, and the roster will surely change throughout the season. Triple-A Durham Bulls (24-16) Ryan Yarbrough pitched well in Durham’s 9-5 win over Rochester. The lefty allowed two runs in six innings and struck out 10 — his most since he...
May 17, 2019
Rays 3, Yankees 4: Jose Alvarado couldn’t close this one out

Rays 3, Yankees 4: Jose Alvarado couldn’t close this one out

The game looked promising until the rain delay. Opening the weekend series in The Bronx, the Rays looked to start the series on the right foot against the second place Yankees. With a 0.5 game lead in the division, the 26-15 Rays turned to opener Ryne Stanek to start this game against CC Sabathia and the Yankees. Boogie in the Bronx. https://t.co/jdXQhMAY6N#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/1KeAOlfulG— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) May 17, 2019 Ryne Stanek threw two innings to open the game and after a hitless first inning where Stanek struck out one, Kendrys Morales put the Yankees on the...