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Baltimore Sun

Oriole of the Day: DJ Stewart walks the walk, but struggles in other aspects

Orioles outfielder DJ Stewart’s late-season home run binge in 2020 couldn’t be recaptured in a full 2021 season, as he was largely limited to a platoon and pinch-hitting role before undergoing season-ending right knee surgery.

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Royals Rumblings - News for January 28, 2022

Get it? Coral? | Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via MLB Owners Lockout: Day 57 Max already had us covered here, by Lynn Worthy at the Star wrote about the Royals signing former Jayhawk pitcher Sam Freeman to a minor-league contract. Before his surgery, he’d featured a sinking fastball between 93-95 mph. A Texas native, Freeman pitched one season for the Jayhawks (2008) after two at North Central Texas College. This winter, the Royals have signed veteran relievers Arodys Vizcaino, Colten Brewer and Freeman to minor-league deals. All three have major-league...

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Padres roster review: Yu Darvish

Sizing up the Padres' 40-man roster heading into the 2022 season: Yu Darvish was an All-Star in his first season in San Diego, but injuries played a role in a poor second half

Pinstripe Alley

25 Smartest Moves of the Past 25 Years: The Bobby Abreu trade

Photo by Chris McGrath/ The Yankees committed highway robbery when they acquired Abreu in 2006. The 2006 Yankees lineup was quite deep. Of the seven players who made at least 500 plate appearances, only one had an OPS+ below the league average 100. They had the reigning AL MVP in Álex Rodríguez, and a guy who came very close to winning MVP (and arguably should’ve) that season in Derek Jeter. That’s not to say there weren’t holes, however. Due to injuries and a lack of production in general, one of those holes was in right field. As it just so happened, a pretty...

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Colin Poche is expected to be back for spring training

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ The Fastball Guy Is Set to Make a Comeback The Rays’ depth at the left-handed reliever position has been a minefield of injuries, and chief among them was invisible-fastball guy Colin Poche, who suffered a UCL tear back in 2020. He underwent Tommy John surgery in the same year, and he has been recovering since then. Typically, a rookie salary reliever with a long road to recovery does not last three years on the 40-man roster, but the Rays have been patiently waiting for Poche’s opportunity to return, and if he doesn’t suffer any setbacks...

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2021 Angels Player Review: Kean Wong

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Wong’s second stint with the Angels lasted longer than the first but came to the same end with his release Kean Wong was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 4th round of the 2013 draft and was the 128th overall pick. He worked his way up through the Rays minor league system until he made his MLB debut on September 5th, 2019 and was DFA’d on the 22nd. His first stint with the Angels was when they picked him up on September 24th after his time with Tampa and he had 4 ABs with the team before being released and signed by the Giants. On...

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What if... The Rays traded for Jeff McNeil in 2018?

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports This trade does not seem rooted in reality, but it’s a perfect what if! Sometimes you win trades and sometimes you lose trades, but what about the rumored trades that never actually go down? While we can never be sure if these nationally reported trade rumors are in fact true, it’s a fun exercise to look back on reported discussions. This rumor from 2018 features a trade that makes us question the validity of the report, but was one I couldn’t help thinking about so let’s dive in. What did the rumored deal look like? Joel...

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Kenta Maeda hoping to return to Minnesota Twins by September

If the Minnesota Twins are still contending for the playoffs come September, they may have an unexpected boost to the pitching staff. Kenta Maeda had undergone Tommy John surgery back in September 2021. With the timing of the procedure, it seemed likely that he would miss the entirety of the upcoming season. Instead, Maeda is […] Kenta Maeda hoping to return to Minnesota Twins by September - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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10 questions with New York Yankees pitcher Matt Bowman

A veteran of four seasons in Major League Baseball, 30-year-old right hander Matt Bowman currently finds himself in the New York Yankees minor-league system while he works to get back to full strength following Tommy John surgery in 2020. Getting his first shot in professional ball, the New York Mets drafted Bowman in the 13th round […] 10 questions with New York Yankees pitcher Matt Bowman - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bless You Boys

Detroit Tigers history: The 1906 Tigers

Photo by Transcendental Graphics/ Things took a bit of a downward turn for the Tigers in 1906, and while they weren’t the worst team in the American League, they struggled with injury as well as plenty of internal strife thanks to manager Bill Armour. While the club ended the season with a sub-.500 record. Never fear, though, things were going to take a turn the next season. 1906 History This was a big year for some serious disasters. In January an 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador and Colombia killed over 500; in Italy in April, Mount Vesuvius erupted completely...

Cubbies Crib

Cubs Rumors: Will Chicago look to trade for Gold Glover Nick Ahmed?

If the Chicago Cubs are going to find success in 2022 with the starting pitching staff Jed Hoyer has assembled, it’ll take a bounceback campaign from the team defensively. Nico Hoerner is returning from injury and was a National League Gold Glove finalist at second base in 2020. But with the addition of Nick Madrigal, […] Cubs Rumors: Will Chicago look to trade for Gold Glover Nick Ahmed? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Tampa Bay Rays: What to do with Tyler Glasnow

In theory, the Tampa Bay Rays have an easy decision to make with Tyler Glasnow. He is easily the ace of the staff when healthy, someone that has the ability to be the top of the rotation arm that they need. The problem has been keeping Glasnow on the mound as he has eclipsed 100 […] Tampa Bay Rays: What to do with Tyler Glasnow - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Austin Meadows has been trying to hit the catwalks

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ An alarming trend for the Rays slugger Austin Meadows put together a 2021 season that had many ups and downs. Overall, it was a decent year for the Rays slugger as he hit .234/.315/.458 (113 wRC+) with 27 homeruns and 106 RBIs over 142 games. His season was certainly an improvement from his forgettable 2020 campaign (88 wRC+) but a step down compared to his great 2019 season (144 wRC+). There has been quite a bit of variability in Meadows’ offensive production to this point in his career. What is most interesting to me though is the recent...

Redbird Rants

Intriguing former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher signs with Angels

Daniel Ponce de Leon, an intriguing former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, has signed a minor-league deal with the Los Angeles Angels. Entering the regular season, Daniel Ponce de Leon was part of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation. Of course, part of that was because of injuries to Miles Mikolas and Kwang Hyun Kim, but there was […] Intriguing former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher signs with Angels - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Mike Zunino is good

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports If you are a Rays fan, you may feel that catchers who are reasonably good behind the plate and reasonably effective with the bat are like unicorns. You read about them, you dream about them, but do we have any evidence that such a creature exists? Last year, however, Rays fans got to see a catching duo that framed, blocked, threw out runners, and was not a black hole at the bottom of the lineup. Leading that duo was Mike Zunino. Zunino’s first two years with the Rays were not great. He was credited with managing a young pitching staff, but...

Baltimore Sun

Oriole of the Day: Jorge Mateo finally offered glimpse of potential in Baltimore stint

Jorge Mateo’s first stint with the Orioles was brief but exhilarating. Once ranked the New York Yankees’ top prospect, Mateo got his first run of extended major league playing time with Baltimore and thrived, only for a back injury to cut the showcase short.

Red Reporter

2022 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Andrew Abbott is your #11 Prospect!

Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports Andrew Abbott’s reliability as a reliever early in his career and his durability as a starter his senior year gave you guys the confidence to place him as our #11 prospect. Another pitcher joins the fold. Keep voting Reds fans! Bryce Bonnin - RHP (23 years old) 2021 at a glance: 2.87 ERA in 13 innings between the ACL Reds (Arizona Rookie League), Daytona Tortugas (Low-A Southeast League), and Dayton Dragons (High-A Central League); 71/17 K/BB. Pros: Fastball that flirts with 100 mph, plus slider Cons: Injury pushed back his season...

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View from the Catwalks: No Sister City for you!

Photo by Brian Blanco/ Stu’s sister city scheme succumbs to reality Stu Sternberg held a press conference last week to announce the MLB had put the kibosh on the sister city plan. Dear Rays Fans,⁰⁰For more than two decades, the Rays have proudly served as Tampa Bay’s hometown team, supporting our community and uplifting our growing region. Our priorities are to win baseball games and keep the team in Tampa Bay for generations to come.— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) January 20, 2022 Local area leaders reacted to the news. Reaction from a plethora of...

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How Rene Pinto jumped to the top of the catcher depth chart

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports The catching prospect that emerged out of the pandemic was not top-line acquisition Blake Hunt. Prior to the pandemic interrupting the facets of everything in the world, Rene Pinto had been an organizational soldier for the Tampa Bay Rays. He served as a backstop throughout the lower rungs of the organization, mainly serving as the backup catcher at each level he was playing in. Although he never merited that much attention as a prospect, Pinto had always posted solid offensive results as he hit .280/.335/.419 over 1,422 plate...

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Padres roster review: Mike Clevinger

Sizing up the Padres' 40-man roster heading into the 2022 season: Mike Clevinger is hoping to contribute after missing the 2021 season while recovering from the second Tommy John surgery of his career

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Dodgers News: Will Smith Focuses On ‘One Pitch At A Time’ With Large Staff

The Los Angeles Dodgers dealt with a multitude of injuries last season that tested how good their depth was as...

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Atlanta Braves have signs of hope with Marcell Ozuna

Marcell Ozuna may be one of the biggest question marks of the upcoming season for the Atlanta Braves. He had struggled at the beginning of the 2021 season before missing the rest of the season due to injury and the investigation into his domestic violence arrest. Since he was essentially given time served by the […] Atlanta Braves have signs of hope with Marcell Ozuna - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Will Josh Lowe inherit centerfield?

Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports The athletic outfielder is set to emerge as an everyday player On September 8th, 2021 another piece of the future arrived for the Tampa Bay Rays. Josh Lowe made his big league debut. Lowe, the younger brother of former Rays first baseman Nate Lowe, was selected in the first round (13th overall) in the 2016 draft by Tampa Bay. He was touted as one of the best athletes of the 2016 draft class by Baseball America and all of his tools drew strong praise; some scouts even thought of possibly drafting Lowe as a pitcher. His only weakness was...

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2021 Angels Player Review: Janson Junk

Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports Junk made a short cameo with the Angels in September after being acquired in the Andrew Heaney trade Due to a myriad of different factors that included untimely injuries and poor performance from their pitching staff, the Angels yet again found themselves as sellers once baseball’s July 30 trade deadline rolled around in 2021. The club didn’t have many significant pieces to trade away at this time, but perhaps the biggest move that they did make was sending longtime Angel Andrew Heaney to the Yankees in exchange for a pair of...

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2022 DRaysBay Community Prospect List No. 20

Photo by Rick Ulreich/Icon Sportswire via Colby White was one of the most dominant relief pitchers in minor league baseball in 2021. Previous winner RHP Colby White (6’0 190, 23 in 2022) 2021 statistics with Low-A Charleston, High-A Bowling Green, Double-A Montgomery, and Triple-A Durham: 62 1⁄3 IP, 1.44 ERA, 0.66 WHIP, 6.5 BB%, 45.0 K% In retrospect, the Rays probably didn’t need 16 1⁄3 innings to know White was too good for Low A, or 23 1⁄3 innings to know he was too good for High A, or 13 innings to know he was too good for Double A. It’s rare for a...

Jays Journal

Is Jordan Groshans the Blue Jays answer at third base this season?

Heading into the 2021 campaign, Blue Jays prospect Jordan Groshans was coming off a year playing ball at the alternate training site and a 2019 season where he spent most of the campaign on the injured list with a foot injury, appearing in only 23 games with the Class A Lansing Lugnuts. A first-round pick […] Is Jordan Groshans the Blue Jays answer at third base this season? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Tampa Bay Rays setting stage for move to Montreal

By all appearances, the Tampa Bay Rays are staying put. Major League Baseball has refused to give ownership permission to explore their dual city plan, with the team playing half the season in the Tampa Bay area and the other half in Montreal. Principal owner Stuart Sternberg has said all the right things, that ownership […] Tampa Bay Rays setting stage for move to Montreal - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘A no-brainer for me’: Former Rays pitching guru Dewey Robinson on joining the Pirates and much more

Dewey Robinson has spent 40-plus years in pro ball. He chose the Pirates over 4-5 other teams because he likes what he sees here.

Lowe's home run lifts Rays to walk-off win | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/21/19

Condensed Game: Nate Lowe hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 11th inning, giving the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://

Adames' walk-off lifts Rays in 11 frames | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/20/19

Condensed Game: Willy Adames lined the walk-off single in the 11th to deliver the Rays a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://www

Meadows' HR in 11th propels Rays | Rays-Dodgers Game Highlights 9/18/19

Condensed Game: Austin Meadows clubbed a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning to lead the Rays to a marathon win in extras Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https: