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 […]
The Rays made a few roster moves following Thursday night’s defeat. Two of the transactions involved relievers, with Andrew Bellatti hitting the disabled list and Preston Guilmet returning to Durham. The third and most surprising swap involved backup catcher Bobby Wilson, who was designated for assignment. Three pitchers took those vacated spots on the roster: […]
Recapping the Rays’ third- through fifth-round picks.
The Rays drafted Woodrow Wilson High (California) catcher Chris Betts with pick no. 52. Betts’ main selling points are his bat and arm strength. He’s a big, physical feller who is regarded as having above-average raw power along with the potential for an average hit tool—a combination that would allow him better-than-average offensive production. Defensively, […]
The Rays selected Niskayuna High School (New York) outfielder Garrett Whitley with the 13th pick.
The draft starts in a few hours. Here’s a look at three players tied to the Rays at no. 13.