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2019 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 13

2019 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 13

Another high-ceiling pitcher is named to the list. Previous winner RHP Shane Baz (6’3 190, 20 in 2019) 2018 statistics with rookie-level Bristol and rookie-level Princeton: 52 1⁄3 IP, 4.47 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 11.9 BB%, 24.2 K% Acquired in the Chris Archer trade, Baz has some of the best stuff in the system, but he is young and has quite a bit of work to do in order to move up the organization. His fastball sits in the low-to-mid 90s and can touch higher, and his secondary offerings have promise as well, particularly his slider, which Baseball America rates as the best in the organization...
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Fox Sports Sun expands Rays Spring Training broadcast coverage to 11 games for 2019

Fox Sports Sun expands Rays Spring Training broadcast coverage to 11 games for 2019

Mark your calendars now. FOX Sports Sun, the statewide television home of the Tampa Bay Rays, announced today the network will televise eleven Rays Spring Training games throughout February and March. The 11-game slate, featuring nine games out of Charlotte Sports Park, will provide Rays fans with their first look at the team as they prepare for Opening Day, and surely several prospects as well. Statewide television coverage begins Feb. 24 when the Rays host the New York Yankees. In addition to televising the games, each broadcast will be made available for live streaming on FOX Sports...
23 hours ago
Tampa Bay Rays Ronaldo Hernandez named sixth best catching prospect by MLB Pipeline

Tampa Bay Rays Ronaldo Hernandez named sixth best catching prospect by MLB Pipeline

Another day, another top prospect The honors for the Tampa Bay Rays farm system keep coming as another prospect has been ranked in the top ten at his position. Thus far, Brendan McKay, Brent Honeywell, and Matthew Liberatore have been ranked in the top ten at their respective positions, and now catching prospect, Ronaldo Hernandez, has been ranked as the sixth best catching prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline. MLB Pipeline top 10 catching prospects Joey Bart, Giants Francisco Mejia, Padres Keibert Ruiz, Dodgers Sean Murphy, A’s Danny Jansen, Blue Jays Ronaldo Hernandez,...
Jan 17, 2019
View from the Catwalk: How long until Wander Franco is in the majors?

View from the Catwalk: How long until Wander Franco is in the majors?

“The faster I can get to the big leagues, the better.’’ - Wander Franco Rays News and Links Wander Franco lives up to lofty comps - Marc Topkin, Baseball America 10 late-round sleeper prospects to watch for in 2019 - Ben Badler, Baseball America 10. Simon Rosenblum-Larson, RHP, Rays (19th round) An $85,000 signing from Harvard, Rosenblum-Larson had an excellent pro debut. Working out of the bullpen for short-season Hudson Valley and low Class A Bowling Green, Rosenblum-Larson posted a sparkling 62-9 K-BB mark in 38.2 innings with a 1.16 ERA. He’s a low-slot righthander who...
Jan 16, 2019
Tricia Whitaker will be the new in-game reporter for Fox Sports Sun

Tricia Whitaker will be the new in-game reporter for Fox Sports Sun

Whitaker comes to the Rays from Indianapolis Tricia Whitaker is a face and name Rays fans will want to get to know. She will be joining the Fox Sports Sun crew this spring to serve as the crew’s in-game reporter as well as a host of “Inside the Rays” for select episodes. Whitaker has four years of sports reporting experience and most recently worked for CBS4 WTTV-TV in Indianapolis, IN. During her time in Indianapolis, when not doing sports reporting, she was an adjunct professor at the Indiana University teaching media classes. She began as a basketball reporter, but has since...
Jan 16, 2019
The Rays should sign Matt Davidson

The Rays should sign Matt Davidson

Avisail Garcia aside, Tampa Bay should follow through on that rumor from last weekend. Over the weekend, Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Rays were interested in free agent slugger Matt Davidson. Davidson, who was non-tendered by the White Sox, has spent the majority of his playing time in the MLB as a designated hitter. The intriguing thing about the Rays’ interest in Davidson is that the team sees Davidson as a potential two-way player for the team, similar to top prospect Brendan McKay. A righty at the plate and on the mound, Davidson could help the Rays out in multiple facets of the...
Jan 16, 2019
Baseball Prospectus preseason Top 10 Rays Prospects for 2019

Baseball Prospectus preseason Top 10 Rays Prospects for 2019

Plus a few surprises in the 11-20 range! Baseball Prospectus rolled out their top ten list for the Rays, profiling several more players than that along the way. Let’s dive in. The Top Ten: Wander Franco, SS Who else? The praise his offensive abilities and plus-plus bat speed, saying it “makes Franco one of the elite prospects in the game,” but say in-game defense is still a work in progress for the 17-year old. Despite a frame that elicited a scout quote of “he’s kind of a block,” Franco has enough present athletic tools to project as a shortstop in the majors OFP...
Jan 16, 2019
Matthew Liberatore and Brendan McKay among top LHP pitching prospects in baseball

Matthew Liberatore and Brendan McKay among top LHP pitching prospects in baseball

The Rays have two of the best southpaw pitching prospects in baseball The highlights keep coming for a packed Rays system as two more prospects receive honors from MLB Pipeline, as they ranked Matthew Liberatore and Brendan McKay among the top left-handed pitching prospects in baseball. McKay comes in as the 3rd best LHP prospect, moving up from his 5th place ranking last season. McKay was also named one of the prospects with the best control as well as the prospect with the highest floor of the group, the safest bet to at least succeed in the majors in some capacity. Highest Floor:...
Jan 16, 2019
View from the Catwalk: Spring Training ticket sales; James Click weighs in

View from the Catwalk: Spring Training ticket sales; James Click weighs in

Plus interviews and prospects profiled Single-game tickets go on sale this Friday, January 18 at 10 am, exclusively through raysbaseball.com, and by phone beginning Saturday. Rays ticket specials offered throughout the spring training season include: Salute to Service presented by Suncoast Credit Union: Military, Teachers and First Responders can purchase tickets to five select home games, including spring training Opening Day for $10. Senior Special: Fans 60 years or older can purchase $15 tickets for three select games. Rays Insiders Presale: Fans who sign up for the Rays Insider,...
Jan 16, 2019
2019 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 12

2019 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 12

Shane McClanahan is the second 2018 draft pick to be selected for the list. Previous winner LHP Shane McClanahan (6’1 188, 22 in 2019) 2018 statistics with Gulf Coast League Rays and rookie-level Princeton: 7 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, 4.2 BB%, 54.2 K% McClanahan was once viewed as one of the top players available in the 2018 draft, but inconsistent performances over the second half of the college season caused him to drop to the No. 31 pick. He has impressive velocity from the left side with a fastball that can touch 100 mph, and his slider and changeup show promise. He struggles when he...
Jan 15, 2019
Brent Honeywell named 8th best RHP prospect in baseball

Brent Honeywell named 8th best RHP prospect in baseball

And promptly gets roasted by Jake Bauers MLB Pipeline has begun rolling out their prospect rankings and are starting with the top ten right-handed pitching prospects in baseball. Brent Honeywell, who has been featured on their prospect rankings for the past few years, has once again made the cut, coming in at eighth overall. Honeywell missed all of the 2018 season after having undergone the knife last spring. Honeywell had been in line to compete for a spot in the Rays starting rotation and likely would have succeeded, as the Rays rotation was in shambles on Opening Day. The complete list...
Jan 15, 2019
B.J. Upton is B.J. Upton again

B.J. Upton is B.J. Upton again

Bossman Back Earlier today on MLB Network, it was announced that Melvin Upton, formerly known as B.J. Upton, will once again be changing his name; this time, back to B.J. Upton. Upton was second overall selection in the 2002 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays and instantly became one of the game’s top prospects. He eventually made his major league debut in 2004 at the ripe age of 19 and is still the youngest player in franchise history. He would struggle mightily defensively, leading to him changing positions multiple times, until he finally found his niche in center field. He finally had a...
Jan 15, 2019
View from the Catwalk: Rays nearing deal with a slugger

View from the Catwalk: Rays nearing deal with a slugger

Avisail Garcia on a one year deal, Baseball Prospectus top ten, and Brent Honeywell is still among the best pitching prospects in baseball Yesterday, news broke that the Tampa Bay Rays were nearing a deal with free agent outfielder, Avisail Garcia. Garcia is coming off an injury plagued season with the Chicago White Sox. However, he is one year removed from a breakout, All-Star campaign in 2017. Garcia can play in the outfield a bit, but is average to below average. He figures to be the Rays designated hitter to start out the season. Rays News Baseball Prospectus published their top ten...
Jan 15, 2019
Avisail Garcia set for a bounce back season

Avisail Garcia set for a bounce back season

Rays have been targeting versatile, high exit velocity players, and Garcia fits that archetype. Stop me if you’ve heard this one: The Rays just signed a player coming off an injury-plagued year in which he regressed from a breakout campaign the year before. Yes, Avisail Garcia seems to fit a pattern of recent Rays trades and signings. He is a full year removed from his All-Star 4 fWAR 2017 season. In 2018 he had a disappointing year where he played through some injuries. Taking a chance on a player coming off a down year, who recently showed some big time production, is very much the...
Jan 14, 2019
Rays close to signing OF Avisail Garcia, per report

Rays close to signing OF Avisail Garcia, per report

Don’t expect Garcia to play in the already crowded outfield. The Tampa Bay Rays are closing in on free agent outfielder, Avisail Garcia, per a report from Ken Rosenthal. #Rays closing in on free-agent outfielder Avisail Garcia, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 14, 2019 Garcia, 27, is coming off a down year with the Chicago White Sox in which he hit .236/.281/.438 with 19 HR over 385 PA, registering a 92 wRC+ and playing exactly at replacement level. However, he is just a year removed from a breakout campaign in 2017, in which he accrued 4.2 fWAR...