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Matt Bush & Alex Torres Among First Rays’ Cuts

Yesterday, the Rays made their first round of spring training cuts. Eight players were re-assigned to minor league camp which opens this week. The list includes seven pitchers Brian Baker, Jonah Bayliss, RichardDe Los Santos, Albert Suarez, Alex Torres, Ricky Orta, Matt Bush as well as outfielder Brandon Guyer – acquired in the Matt Garza trade.

None of the assignments come as a surprise as none of the players were expected to impact the opening day roster. For Suarez and Orta they will continue to rehab in minor league camp while the rest will be able to get regular work instead of picking up scrap work after the major leaguers are done.

Of the group, Matt Bush emerged as the most interesting player to watch. The former top pick missed the majority of the last few seasons since converting to pitcher and had surgery again this offseason. In his brief time this spring he flashed a fastball between 93-96 mph and a good breaking ball. His command was spotty, but that’s something he can work on. It will be interesting where the Rays start him off this year. He pitched briefly for Port Charlotte last year and that seems like a good starting point once again. There, the Rays can monitor his progress and health close to home base.

Because of his age and his position, Bush’s rise through the ranks could be accelerated as long as his arm can handle it. With good health, progress, and his status on the 40-man roster, Bush could land in the Rays’ bullpen at some point this season. In addition to Bush, Alex Torres could make in appearance in St. Petersburg as we get closer to September.



3 Comments

  1. upnm42 wrote:

    Surprised that Maddon is so intent on having Russell on opening day roster.His AAA portland #’s are a good indication of his past and his Spring #’s , an indication of his present ability are quiestionable at best.Joe has a knack for mixing and matching so he must see situations that dictate Russell’s use.The 8 relievers on opening day roster will be Farnsworth-Peralta-Mcgee-Wade-Cabral or Ramos or Swindle for the second leftie-sonnye-Russel? Gomes? Cobb? Eckstrom? Delaney? I see those 5 battling for the final 2 spots.Russell has to pick it up a little.The others are about even and the next week will see 2-3 of those assigned to Durham.All depends on what they do now.Bootcheck and De La Rosa could come on strong and compete for a spot as well.It’ll be interesting and this bullpen like last years will surprise to the upside.All that credit goes to Friedman.

    • buddaley wrote:

      I think that Russell is out of options, so the Rays are unlikely to expose him by trying to send him to the minors.

      I also doubt there will be 8 men in the bullpen. With 5 starters, it is more likely there will be 7. An 8 man bullpen would leave Maddon, after 2 catchers, with a 2 man bench.

  2. upnm42 wrote:

    Could be 8 to start with since don’t need 5th starter until 4-10-11 with Hellickson on DL until then?

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