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Season Preview: Austin Meadows is in the Best Shape of His Life

Season Preview: Austin Meadows is in the Best Shape of His Life

Will Vragovic / Tampa Bay Rays Austin Meadows was the breakout big bat for the 2019 Tampa Bay Rays, hitting .291/.364/.558 and putting up a 143 wRC+ while leading the team with 33 homers. Expectations for his role as a pillar of the offense were high, but then 2020 threw a wrench into plans. During intake testing at the beginning of Spring Training 2.0 Meadows tested positive for COVID-19. This delayed his preparation for the season by a few weeks and he ultimately wasn’t activated on the MLB roster until the second week of the season. Meadows looked sluggish and just...
DRaysBay Feb 26, 2021
View from the Catwalks: Yoshi stock to the moon?

View from the Catwalks: Yoshi stock to the moon?

Rays Baseball Plus: first probable pitchers revealed, Rays News Do Rays have reason to believe in Yoshi Tsutsugo? - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: More than a few writers here on DRB are also buying Yoshi stock. Yoshi steps into spring with ‘fresh mind’ - Adam Berry, MLB.com: This stock is a rocket to the moon! Slimmer Meadows eager to regain ‘19 form - Adam Berry, MLB.com: BSOHL szn! Baseball is so close, you can almost taste the lineup and pitching cards: #Rays probable pitchers for 1st games, subject to change: Sun, ATL: Ellis, Strickland, Springs,...
DRaysBay Feb 25, 2021
Jeffrey Springs could be a weapon for the 2021 Rays

Jeffrey Springs could be a weapon for the 2021 Rays

Will Vragovic / Tampa Bay Rays Good news: he can get out both lefties and righties Many Rays fans were left scratching their heads when the team traded catching prospect Ronaldo Hernandez to the Boston Red Sox for two pitchers who were recently designated for assignment in Chris Mazza and Jeffrey Springs. Both Mazza and Springs are similar in that they are older than you would expect considering the bodies of their respective major league contributions. Despite that, the Rays see both of them as arms who could be asked to get important late inning outs as the team...
DRaysBay Feb 25, 2021
SB Nation Reacts: Tatis Test Case

SB Nation Reacts: Tatis Test Case

Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/ What percent of Rays fans would want a similar deal for the team’s top player? Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in Tampa Bay Rays fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. Earlier this week the San Diego Padres and star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. agreed to an enormous contract extension worth a reported $340 million over 14 years. Tatis Jr. is entering only his third year in the majors, but has already emerged as one of the...
DRaysBay Feb 24, 2021
Rays Spring Training position watch: Second base

Rays Spring Training position watch: Second base

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports What’s on second? Probably Brandon Lowe. The Rays are likely to rely on Brandon Lowe as their primary second baseman. But Lowe also plays several other positions, and there are several other players who have experience at second base. Who (or, following Abbott and Costello should we ask “what”) are we likely to see at second? Lowe’s slow postseason may lead Rays fans to forget how great a hitter he was over the first month of 2020. He absolutely blistered the ball during the month of August, only to see a steep drop off during...