When you name your child Herschel Mack Powell IV you enter that infant into a lifetime of expectations that will never be met. Sure you might become the Assistant to the General Manager for the Southeast corridor for Publix Supermarkets, but your grandpappy Herschel Mack Powell Sr. WAS the General Manager for a prolific dry […]
A few days ago, Ben Lindbergh posted a phenomenal expose on Evan Longoria’s disappearing power. In it, he quoted BaseballProspectus.com’s swing analyst, Ryan Parker. Earlier tonight on Twitter, Parker added a few more thoughts.
This season marked my 10th writing about the Rays. Turns out that achievement doesn’t impress many folks: I never received a cent or a job opportunity from my Rays material. That isn’t some oddball brag—if anything, it’s an insult to my work and monetizing ability—so much as evidence that my motivation to write about the Rays was […]
The Rays have acquired right-handed starter Garrett Fulenchek from the Braves in exchange for two international bonus slots.
Matt Moore returned to the majors on Thursday. Here are some thoughts from his season debut. First, congratulations are due to Moore. The rehab process is difficult and Thursday’s start was never guaranteed. He made it back though, and no matter what happens, nobody can ever take that accomplishment from him. As is often the […]
On Saturday, the Rays announced various front office changes. The most notable will see scouting director R.J. Harrison abandon the role in July for a senior advisor position, just weeks after presiding over his 10th draft, the most in franchise history. The Rays named Rob Metzler as Harrison’s successor. Harrison’s drafts had become in recent […]
The Rays have acquired first baseman Marc Krauss from the Angels in exchange for minor-league reliever Kyle Winkler. Krauss is essentially Allan Dykstra’s slightly younger brother, right down to the gaudy minor-league stats and limited big-league projection. He’s a lumbering left-handed hitter with a patient approach and a substandard hit tool that limits the usability […]
Kevin Cash has shown a propensity for pulling his starting pitcher quicker than the fan base and the media would care for him to do. There is a method to his perceived madness, but there is no overlooking the fact that the relievers are in games quite a bit this season. The looming question is whether […]
Recapping the past few days in Rays transactions. The move with immediate big-league ramifications happened following Tuesday’s defeat, as the Rays optioned C.J. Riefenhauser to Durham and purchased the contract of Ronald Belisario. Belisario has enjoyed past big-league success, even closing for a time in 2014 with the White Sox (albeit due to their lack […]