Rays Protect Four from Rule 5 Draft | The Process Report

Rays Protect Four from Rule 5 Draft

The Rays have made a few additions to the 40-man roster in advance of the Rule 5 eligibility deadline.

Jesse Hahn was the closest thing to a surefire addition. The 24-year-old righty has dealt with health issues in the past (most notably Tommy John surgery), but he’s showed a plus fastball and extreme groundball tendencies when right. An industry source recently told Jason Collette he considers Hahn the top pitching talent in the Rays organization. In addition to the heavy heater, the Virginia Tech product has a pair of developing secondary offerings in his changeup and curveball. Couple the injuries with his age and arsenal and some have tabbed him as a future late-inning reliever. The Rays are hesitant to move potential starters to the pen, however, and Hahn figures to spend next season in Montgomery’s rotation.

C.J. Riefenhauser is a left-handed reliever with a low-90s fastball and breaking ball who knows how to pitch. He’s likely to start the season in Durham’s bullpen, but could find himself in St. Pete before long.

Kirby Yates is a small right-handed reliever with a low-to-mid-90s fastball and a deceptive release point. The Rays were supposedly prepared to bring him up during a roster crunch last season, so he’s probably going to pitch in the majors at some point in 2014.

Vince Belnome was acquired last offseason in a small trade with the Padres. He’s built like a beer-leaguer and lacks a true defensive home. How well Belnome’s offensive game takes to the majors will determine whether he’s a bench bat or just a Quad-A guy. On that front, the question is if his on-base skills translate to the majors and atone for his other deficiencies.

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