Nonetheless, I want to begin by saying a statement every Rays fan I am sure is saying. When will the season be here already?!
I am really excited for what is in store for our beloved ball club. We finally got the chance to look outside of The Trop for a new stadium and we spent money in free agency fortunately. Ticket plans are being created (the Big 22) and spring training is right around the corner. Our pitching looks to be our driving force once again (when isn’t it?) and our bats actually look like they can score 3-5 runs every game. Below I have made an outlook for all the players added to our roster heading into spring training.
Jaff Decker- Outfielder that has played for the Padres and Pirates organizations. This 25 year old outfielder is a former Padres 1st round pick, was taken ahead of the likes of Charlie Blackmon, Kolten Wong and now former Rays OF Joey Butler. His outlook for the club is pretty good because of his experience in the majors and AAA. Possible fourth outfielder heading into Opening Day.
Steve Pearce- Most notable and most recent acquisition for the club. He is known as a Rays killer because of his miraculous .267/.387/.603/.990 stat line. In addition to that line, he has hit 10 home runs and brought in 19 runs against the Rays. Having him on the Rays side is definite plus. Steve is from Lakeland, Florida and has the ability to play left field, first base and occasionally DH for the team now.
Justin Marks- A 28 year old southpaw that formerly pitched in the minors for the Diamondbacks, Rangers and Royals organizations. In his time in the minors, he has a record of 33-53 with a 4.73 ERA. Justin can prove to be a solid piece in AAA and could possibly be used on occasion if injuries were to run through the bullpen in the majors.
Adam Wilk- Also a 28 year old southpaw, but has pitched in the Angels, Pirates and Tigers organizations. He has been in the minors for 6 years and has a record of 44-48 with a 3.59 ERA.
Eddie Gamboa- Gamboa has spent 8 minor league seasons in the Baltimore Orioles organization. He owns a record of 50-52 with a 3.61 ERA. He is a 31 year old right handed pitcher and has been in the minors for a while should be exciting to see if he can prove his value in spring training for the Rays.
Kyle Roller- Roller has spent 6 minor league seasons in the Yankees organization. He is a first baseman and owns a stat line of .268/.362/.458/.820. He has hit a total of 96 home runs in the minors.
Dana Eveland- Has spent parts of 10 years in the majors with 9 different teams. He has been a pitcher that seems to give up a run every time he steps on the mound. However, his experience in the game can prove to be valuable for the young Rays team not only in the major league club heading to spring training but if he makes it to AAA.
Danny Farquhar- When you look at his career splits he has outstanding numbers in all the categories that relievers have to be “clutch” in, such as low batting averages of players hitting in the 3 and 4 hole and pitching in the late innings. Look for him to pitch say an inning or against hot batters for Kevin Cash this upcoming season. (Career numbers in 7th-9th innings- 143.1 IP, 3.58 ERA, .231/.302/.351)
Logan Morrison- Morrison comes in a lefty power bat that has been needed for quite some time and has the ability to play first base and of course designate hit. His potential is still there and he is still relatively young at 28 years of age. The site Baseball reference has Morrison hitting 15 HR and bringing in 53 runs.
Brad Miller- Also acquired in the first trade of the offseason along with Farquhar and Morrison, he is coming in to this club as the player that will play shortstop. He is from Orlando, Florida and is close friends with Richie Schaffer and Nick Franklin because of their days in Clemson and Franklin being from Orlando as well, respectively. Arbitration eligible next year gives the team a controllable infielder that could hit 10+ home runs and is a solid defensive piece in the shortstop position.
I am definitely looking forward to Fan Fest on February 27th, hope the chance to meet more people from Rays Nation!
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