Previewing Ryan Brett
The Rays have made more roster moves, demoting Mikie Mahtook and placing Jeff Beliveau on the 15-day disabled list, while recalling C.J. Riefenhauser and Ryan Brett from Durham. Here’s what to expect from the ninth rookie on the 25-man roster.
Drafted in 2010, Brett is the sixth player from the Rays’ haul to reach the Show, joining classmates Riefenhauser and Kevin Kiermaier on the active roster. As with Kiermaier, there’s a legitimate chance Brett becomes an everyday player.
Brett is small, listed at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, yet he has a well-rounded skill set. He employs a solid approach at the plate, and has a chance to hit .270-plus with respectable on-base percentages. Though Brett won’t jump the yard often, he should split gaps and steal extra bases due to his plus speed. He’s improved defensively, with more than enough range and arm strength to stick at second. There have been concerns about his hands, and it’s worth noting the Rays started him in center once during his brief stay in Durham.
Depending on Evan Longoria’s availability, Brett figures to see time at second base during his stay, with Logan Forsythe or Tim Beckham taking over at third.