Rays Acquire RHP Borden; Invite Three To Camp | The Process Report

Rays Acquire RHP Borden; Invite Three To Camp

The Rays completed the trade of Sean Rodriguez to the Pirates by acquiring right-handed pitcher Buddy Borden. In addition to Borden, the club signed three players with major-league experience to minor-league contracts with invites to spring training: catcher Bobby Wilson, outfielder Corey Brown and utility player Eugenio Velez.

Borden, 22, was a seventh-round pick in 2013 out of UNLV. He has the quintessential pitcher’s frame and his delivery is relatively smooth. His fastball lives in the low-90s with the ability to spike higher. He couples the heater with a low-80s breakingball that can be used to end plate appearances. Like most starters in A-ball, he is working on the advancement of a third pitch as well as refining his control and developing command. The upside is that of a middle of a rotation starter with bullpen being a fallback option.

First name, Bobby. Last name, Wilson. A Pinellas county native, and former high school teammate of Casey Kotchman, Wilson returns home to provide depth and experience at the catcher position. A branch off Mike Scioscia’s catching tree, he is a good receiver and moves well behind the dish. His offensive game is rather limited making him more of a plan b as Ryan Hanigan’s backup more than anything concrete. He is tough, and as a 48th-round pick, carries a chip on his shoulder. With Hanigan as the only true veteran on the roster, Wilson’s value goes beyond his on-field talents as he is slated to serve as a mentor to the young bucks in camp and perhaps in Triple-A. In terms of locker room presence, he was described to me as “the guy who’ll bring the nudie mag pics in to paste on the clubhouse walls.”

Followers of the Durham Bulls have seen plenty of Corey Brown as a rival and figure to see more of the 29-year-old outfielder as a fan-favorite. If by (slim) chance he reaches St. Petersburg, he will bring more local flavor as a product of Plant High in Tampa. Expected to join Brown in North Carolina is Eugenio Velez. The infielder slash outfielder has a World Series ring from his time with the Giants. He may become a Swiss-army knife for the Bulls, having played six positions in his career.

One Comment

  1. Andrew wrote:

    minor correction. corey brown went to plant high school in tampa. not plant city high school.

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