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Top 31 Prospects: Tampa Bay Rays

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the Tampa Bay Rays farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on the 20-80 scouting scale by which all...
Via Fangraphs
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Tampa Bay Rays Outfield Defense Greatly Improved

Under normal circumstances, the Tampa Bay Rays acquisition of Peter Bourjos would barely warrant a mention. However, it is a sign that the Rays are dedicated to building what may be the best defensive outfield in the game. After going away from their typical philosophy or speed and defense, the Tampa Bay Rays appear to […] Tampa Bay Rays Outfield Defense Greatly Improved - Rays...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
1 hour ago

Tampa Bay Rays : Is Norris the Answer to the Catching Dilemma

Did it make sense for the Tampa Bay Rays to add another catcher to the mix and the situation that it created? Here’s a look how things are playing out. The Tampa Bay Rays never ending search for a front line catcher took a new twist last week when they signed Derek Norris. Is he […] Tampa Bay Rays : Is Norris the Answer to the Catching Dilemma - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored...
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2 hours ago

Archer solid in final spring tuneup, Rays’ injury news, and Dinosaur Jr.

The Tampa Bay Rays took on the Minnesota Twins in Ft. Myers on Tuesday. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) With Spring Training on the wind down, Chris Archer took the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays​ in his final Grapefruit League start of the season. Despite nine combined and solid pitched innings of baseball, the Rays fell 1-0 to the Minnesota Twins. Takeaways from Tuesday’s ball...
Via X-Rays Spex
2 hours ago

2017 Tampa Bay Rays Season Preview

After an offseason which saw the likes of Chris Sale move to the Red Sox, Edwin Encarnacion depart from the American League East, Jose Bautista stay with the Blue Jays and Big Papi finally retiring, the Tampa Bay Rays are set to bounce back from a very disappointing 2016.  Unfortunately for the Rays however (and Rays fans know all too well), Sale joining the team in Boston spells...
Via Off The Bench
3 hours ago

Chris Archer turns in 3 crisp innings in final spring outing

Via Associated Press
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays have candidates to take home hardware

Many possible scenarios could come to life this season that would bring postseason awards to Rays players.
Via Rays.com
17 hours ago

Archer sharp in final tune-up

Rays ace Chris Archer, in his final tune-up before his Opening Day start against the Yankees on Sunday, tossed three scoreless innings against the Twins, but ByungHo Park homered in the seventh to lift Minnesota to a 1-0 win on Tuesday at Hammond Stadium.
Via Rays.com
19 hours ago

Veterans Weeks, Hunter make Rays' roster

Multiple roster moves await the Rays before Opening Day according to manager Kevin Cash. Count Rickie Weeks Jr. and Tommy Hunter as two who are no longer in suspense about their respective fates.
Via Rays.com
21 hours ago

Out of the Park Baseball Previews: Rays Claim AL East

MLB’s Opening Day is right around the corner, baseball fans. And remember, we’ve got three games going Sunday, April 2. So we thought we’d wrap up the week with some division previews. You’ll get the AL/NL East today, the AL/NL Central on Thursday and the AL/NL West on Saturday. Then before the action kicks off Sunday, our World Series winner will be revealed. That, along...
Via The Sports Post
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Interested in Yankees' Rob Refsnyder

Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

Tampa Bay Rays Reportedly Interested in Rob Refsnyder

Even though Spring Training is coming to a close, the Tampa Bay Rays are still looking for a right handed bat to come off the bench. We can add former New York Yankees prospect Rob Refsnyder to the list of players they are considering. The Tampa Bay Rays have had an eye out for a […] Tampa Bay Rays Reportedly Interested in Rob Refsnyder - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses...
Via Rays Colored Glasses
1 day ago

X-Rays Spex plays pepper with C70 at the Bat, Rays roster construction, stadium doom and gloom

Erasmo Ramirez throws during the first inning against the Pirates late last week. (Photo Credit: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times) It’s that time of year again, where three blogs — X-Rays Spex included — were asked six Tampa Bay Rays centric questions by Daniel Shoptaw of C70 at the Bat blog, for their annual Playing Pepper series. We love playing Q&A with Daniel, so of...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Season Preview: Logan Morrison

Hoping for a turnaround season, Logan Morrison could be a a valuable asset in 2017. Background: Logan Morrison, 29, has had an inconsistent career (you can view his career stats here.) He was drafted in 2005 by the then Florida Marlins and spent the 2006 - 2010 seasons in their farm system. An impressive 2010 season at AAA landed him a spot in MLB All-Star Futures Game and a Marlins...
Via DRaysBay
2 days ago

Brad Miller drives in 2 but Rays can't contain Yankees

Via FOX Sports
2 days ago

Rays Sign Derek Norris

SUNDAY: To make room for Norris, the Rays have placed right-hander Kevin Gadea on the 60-day DL with elbow tendinitis, according to Topkin. If healthy, the Rays would have returned the Rule 5 pick to the Mariners (Twitter links). SATURDAY: The Rays have officially announced the signing.  A corresponding move to create a 40-man roster spot will come later today, Topkin tweets, with...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago

Rays 3/26/17 pre-game notes, Norris deal officially announced, Rasmus to start season on DL

Corey Dickerson signs autographs for fans before a ball game on March 24th. (Photo Credit: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times) The final week of the Grapefruit League season kicks off Sunday in Tampa, where the Tampa Bay Rays will take on the New York Yankees — the team they will face for real next Sunday on Opening Day. The New What Next The Rays’ number five starter, Matt Andriese...
Via X-Rays Spex
2 days ago

Rays 2017 Season Preview: The Rays rebuild is nearly complete

Meet the changing face of the Tampa Bay Rays Five years ago the Rays were coming off the euphoria of a crazy September 2011 that involved the single most exciting night of baseball that I have ever personally experienced: Game 162. It wasn’t all about the Red Sox collapse. It was about the heart of the Tampa Bay Rays, and their ability to be challenging for the playoffs in the...
Via DRaysBay
2 days ago

Rays outfielder Kiermaier completes 6-year, $53.5M contract

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) The drive from 31st-round draft choice to one of baseball's best defensive players paid off for Kevin Kiermaier. The Tampa Bay Rays rewarded their center fielder with a six-year, $53.5 million contract that ranks among the largest financial commitments the team has ever given a player. ''I can't say it's unbelievable because I've always dreamed of this...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays announce six-year extension for Kevin Kiermaier

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Defensive standout Kevin Kiermaier and the Tampa Bay Rays have finalized a six-year, $53.6 million contract extension that keeps the centerfielder with the team through 2022. The deal announced Monday includes a club option for 2023 which -- including incentives -- could boost the value of the agreement to $66.15 million. The two-time AL Gold Glove winner...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Power of Pitch “Lineage”

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – When we think about Tampa Bay Rays pitching over the last decade, the image of opposing hitters flailing helplessly over the top of changeups — offerings with velocity separation and depth — is likely one of the first to come to mind. That’s what comes to my mind, I least. I think about hitters whiffing at Rays’ changeups, even on occasions when they’ve...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rays nearing $50 million extension with CF Kiermaier

The Tampa Bay Rays have liked what they’ve gotten out of Kevin Kiermaier the past few seasons, so they’re trying to lock him up.The Tampa Bay Times reports that Kiermaier and the Rays are close to reaching agreement on a $50 million contract extension for the centerfielder that would be for six years.Kiermaier was already under team control with Tampa Bay through 2020, so this...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay’s Cult of the High Fastball

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – When Jake Odorizzi arrived to the Rays’ spring headquarters in February of 2013 following Tampa Bay’s trade of James Shields to Kansas City, he was summoned into a conference room at the Rays spring training facility, which rests in a rural and remote part of southwestern Florida. Present in a conference room were then-general manager Andrew Friedman...
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Is CC Sabathia rebelling against Yankees’ facial hair policy?

C.C. Sabathia on Tuesday made his spring training debut, throwing two scoreless innings in the New York Yankees’ 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. But it was the pitcher’s facial hair that turned out to be the major talker afterward. The way Sabathia was sporting his facial hair is in violation of the Yankees’ strict policy the prohibits facial hair below the lip, not to...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Archer hopes WBC team can show country’s unity in the face of turmoil

Combining sports and politics is sometimes a necessary evil that leads some to shout from the top of the mountaintop to “stick to sports,” but with the start of another World Baseball Classic, the importance of wearing a Team USA jersey carries some extra meaning for some this season, including Tampa Bay Rays starter Chris Archer.Archer commented on the honor he feels to wear...
Via The Comeback
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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