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DRaysBay Jan 27, 2022
Colin Poche is expected to be back for spring training

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...
DRaysBay Jan 27, 2022
What if... The Rays traded for Jeff McNeil in 2018?

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...
DRaysBay Jan 26, 2022
Austin Meadows has been trying to hit the catwalks

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...
DRaysBay Jan 26, 2022
2022 DRaysBay Community Prospect List No. 21

2022 DRaysBay Community Prospect List No. 21

Photo by Victor Decolongon/ Catcher (?) Ford Proctor wins the previous vote. Previous Winner C Ford Proctor (L/R, 6’1 195, 25 in 2022) 2021 statistics with Double-A Montgomery: 381 PA, .244/.381/.419, 12 HR, 27 XBH, 16.5 BB%, 26.2 K% Ford was busy during the lost season, playing in an independent league and then Australia, all while learning how to play catcher. He skipped a level and went to Double A in 2021, and he got off to a slow start. However, over the final three months, he batted .299/.419/.522. His defense behind the plate has improved, and he can still play...
DRaysBay Jan 25, 2022
Mike Zunino is good

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...