So far in this series we have taken in depth looks at how Corey Dickerson, Logan Forysthe, Evan Longoria, and Brad Miller fared during the 2016 season. Today, we’ll dig into the Rays dynamic center fielder Kevin Kiermaier. While, the glove gets most of the glory, Kiermaier has turned himself into a league-average or better hitter. […]
Kevin Kiermaier set career highs in both his walk rate and his on base percentage while still missing a good chunk of time recovering from his hand injury. Previously, we have looked at his diet plan, how he stuck with it, and Hanselman took a deeper dive into what was happening on Kiermaier’s 2016 player […]
As we count down the days until the blessed return of baseball we’ll be bringing snapshots from a variety of angles for each of the significant players on this year’s upcoming Rays team. The format will be similar for each player and then we want to take a look at an individual thing for each […]
In late July, we looked into something a scout mentioned to Rays Radio broadcaster Dave Wills regarding Kevin Kiermaier and his self-defeating actions at the plate. Pitchers were learning that Kiermaier could not lay off the hard stuff up high and were able to get him out by climbing the ladder in pitch sequences. The […]
Update 3-15-17: It looks as though the Rays have followed the template I created, and the wise decision I recommended as they have a tentative agreement with Kevin Kiermaier to keep the dynamic superstar in a Rays uniform for an additional two seasons. He would have been a free agent in four years. Now he […]
Earlier this month during one of the radio broadcasts, Dave Wills mentioned he was talking to a scout before the game that said, “Kiermaier has enough pop to hurt himself at the plate.” The larger point was that a player who looks like someone that could thrive as a slash and dash player sometimes took […]
Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser is credited as the creator of the saying “problems are only opportunities in work clothes.” The phrase applies to something more important than baseball, but it does sound like something Joe Maddon would say.
The Rays have demoted Brandon Gomes, according to Bill Chastain. The decision to remove a reliever from the roster was a given. Alex Cobb is scheduled to return on Wednesday, and Cesar Ramos figures to rejoin the bullpen once that happens. In the interim, Kevin Kiermaier provides Joe Maddon with extra flexibility off the bench. […]
The first televised spring game is in the books.