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View from the Catwalk:

View from the Catwalk:

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Rays News MLB teams had to decide whom to protect from the Rule 5 draft on Friday, which necessitated some difficult roster moves all around. The #Rays have made 3 additions to the 40-man roster:INF Taylor WallsOF Josh Lowe RHP Drew StrotmanHunter Renfroe and Brian O'Grady have been DFA'ed.— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) November 20, 2020 You can read John Romano’s take on these choices here($). Rays VP of Baseball Operations Peter Bendix, rocking that pandemic haircut, reflects on the Renfroe trade and DFA: Hunter Renfroe...
Nov 21, 2020
2021 DRaysBay Community Prospect List No. 6

2021 DRaysBay Community Prospect List No. 6

Photo by Buck Davidson/MLB Photos via Shane Baz makes it consecutive pitchers on the list. Previous winner RHP Shane Baz (6’2 190, 22 in 2021) 2019 statistics with Class-A Bowling Green: 81 1⁄3 IP, 2.99 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 10.8 BB%, 25.4 K% Baz was at the alternate site in 2020. A year earlier in his first full season in the organization, Baz made strides with his control, posting a career-low walk rate. After the season, he turned heads in the Arizona Fall League as the youngest pitcher in the league. MLB.com reported that he had the best fastball and breaking ball...
Nov 20, 2020
Renfroe DFA’d, 3 prospects added in 40-man roster moves

Renfroe DFA’d, 3 prospects added in 40-man roster moves

Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via The Rays were busy Friday ahead of a 40-man roster deadline. The 6 p.m. ET deadline to add players to the 40-man roster in advance of the Rule 5 draft has passed, and the Rays were busy, adding outfielder Josh Lowe, right-handed pitcher Drew Strotman, and infielder Taylor Walls to the roster. To make room on the roster, utilityman Brian O’Grady and outfielder Hunter Renfroe were designated for assignment. Renfroe — acquired in the Tommy Pham trade a year ago — added power as advertised but posted career lows with a .156...
Nov 20, 2020
Tampa Bay Rays Social Justice Initiative: NAACP

Tampa Bay Rays Social Justice Initiative: NAACP

Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports An opportunity to learn about the historic organization from the president of NAACP Hillsborough Branch, Yvette Lewis Today, we are happy to feature an interview with Yvette Lewis, the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Hillsborough County, as we continue to learn about the organizations the Tampa Bay Rays have partnered with in the Tampa Bay Community. Following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, we have engaged in conversations with community leaders and our...
Nov 20, 2020
The 2020 Rays finally conquered Third-Order Winning Percentage

The 2020 Rays finally conquered Third-Order Winning Percentage

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Was it just a 60-game fluke? Just about three years ago, during the post-2017 offseason, I penned a piece looking at just how bad the Rays franchise had been in terms of living up to their billing in regards to Baseball Prospectus’ third-order winning percentage. As a friendly reminder, the BP website defines the metric as: 3rd Order Winning Percentage: A team’s projected winning percentage, based on underlying statistics and adjusted for quality of opponents. Uses Adjusted Equivalent Runs scored and allowed, which adjust the Equivalent...
Nov 20, 2020
View from the Catwalks: Chapman finally has suspension hearing

View from the Catwalks: Chapman finally has suspension hearing

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Who is the most untouchable Rays player? WWe moves ThunderDome to the Thunderdome. Gary Sánchez has no trade value. Rays News Mike Brosseau got revenge a couple of times against the Yankees for the near manslaughter that occurred in the Bronx. Most notably, the HR against Chapman that ended his and the Yankees season in the ALDS. That’s the best punishment for the Rays as the MLB was always going to be way too light: I think he served his punishment on Oct. 9 tbh https://t.co/0A2eiBcS4M— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) November...
Nov 19, 2020
Rays prospects and the Rule 5 Draft

Rays prospects and the Rule 5 Draft

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ Top prospects will have to be protected, but how far down the list teams will have to protect is unknown. The next major roster decision deadline for Major League Baseball teams comes November 20. Teams must decide which prospect they want to protect from the Rule 5 draft. Like most things in 2020 the Rule 5 draft sets up to be much different than normal. Minor League Baseball didn’t happen in 2020, so unless a player was designated for a team’s Alternate Site and 60 man player pool nobody really has seen eligible players for about a year...
Nov 18, 2020
2021 DRaysBay Community Prospect List No. 5

2021 DRaysBay Community Prospect List No. 5

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Shane McClanahan is the system’s top pitcher Previous Winner... LHP Shane McClanahan (6’1 200, 24 in 2021) 2019 statistics with Class-A Bowling Green, Class A-Advanced Charlotte, and Double-A Montgomery: 120 2⁄3 IP, 3.36 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 8.9 BB%, 30.6 K% McClanahan was the first pitcher ever to make his major league debut in the playoffs. In relief, his fastball averaged 97.6 mph, and used that with his hard slider 95 percent of the time. He’ll use his changeup — which improved in 2019 — more often when he’s back in the...
Nov 18, 2020
View from the Catwalk: At least we can watch Wander play winter ball

View from the Catwalk: At least we can watch Wander play winter ball

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports Rays News Wander Franco is one of several Rays playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. You can quench your baseball thirst with some clips: #Rays and MLB top prospect Wander Franco shows off the defense with @EscogidoBBClub pic.twitter.com/gHyRlhlpQ2— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) November 17, 2020 #Rays Wander Franco just went deep for @EscogidoBBClub pic.twitter.com/EwQqVSVlNS— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) November 18, 2020 DRaysbay historian Adam Sanford found this 1993 news report on the efforts to bring a baseball...
Nov 17, 2020
What is Kevin Kiermaier’s trade value?

What is Kevin Kiermaier’s trade value?

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ The most expensive man on the roster is a premium defender. Can the Rays trade away what they value more than the market? Coming off a World Series appearance the Tampa Bay Rays could have gone with roster stability. Instead they have decided to some uncertainty behind the plate by declining Charlie Morton and Mike Zunino’s option and DFAing Michael Perez. The Rays like to move pieces around. Some of this has been due to financial restraints, but some has been in making bets on different players. While nobody could ever say the Rays are financially aggressive...
Nov 17, 2020
Rays Your Voice: State of the Roster, with JT Morgan and Jim Turvey

Rays Your Voice: State of the Roster, with JT Morgan and Jim Turvey

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports With important deadlines looming, the Rays have some moves to make. The offseason is now in full swing, and we’re getting a clearer picture of the market after the signings of players like Drew Smyly and Robbie Ray. The big name that most fans want to see brought back is Charlie Morton, but he’s not the only starting pitcher out there. We’ll discuss some other names that might interest the Rays front office, and go over potential plans to fill up the catching position, which now only has one rostered player. With the deadline looming to add Rule 5...
Nov 16, 2020
Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Marlins make Kim Ng MLB’s first female GM

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Marlins make Kim Ng MLB’s first female GM

Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Wander Franco and Nate Lowe play Winter ball, and Lorenzo Cain makes kids cry. On Friday, the Miami Marlins made Kim Ng the first ever female GM. Overqualified Woman Shatters Highest Glass Ceiling in Sports, Nation Rejoices. Me on the steady brilliance of Kim Ng, and how the Marlins got one hell of a GM: https://t.co/CnuKirBAvz— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) November 13, 2020 Some Rays are playing in the Dominican Winter league. The Tampa Bay Escogido have Wander Franco hitting 2nd, Jim Haley hitting 3rd and Nate Lowe at cleanup on opening day...
Nov 14, 2020
2021 DRaysBay Community Prospect List No. 4

2021 DRaysBay Community Prospect List No. 4

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Vidal Brujan makes it three straight position players to open the voting. Previous winner IF Vidal Brujan (S/R, 5’9 155, 23 in 2021) 2019 statistics with Class A-Advanced Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery: 429 PA, .277/.346/.389, 48/61 SB, 28 XBH, 8.6 BB%, 14.2 K% He didn’t see any game action in 2020, but Brujan was nonetheless in the postseason player pool. In 2019, he led the organization in steals for the second straight season. He also spent quite a bit of time at shortstop for the first time in his career, and it’s believed he could play a good center...
Nov 13, 2020
Four Brandon Lowe trades that could make sense for the Rays

Four Brandon Lowe trades that could make sense for the Rays

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via The prospect pipeline is full, why not cash in on Lowe now? Earlier, I suggested that if the Rays were looking for a place to improve on the roster, it could make sense for the team to deal from a position of depth in MVP candidate Brandon Lowe. This was that article’s conclusion: Picking out Lowe as an option to ship out also makes sense given his position. Of the Rays top four prospects, per MLB.com, three play up the middle, with Vidal Brujan and Xavier Edwards listed first as second baseman. While Wander Franco may be targeted for third, and...
Nov 13, 2020
Could this be the time to sell high on Brandon Lowe?

Could this be the time to sell high on Brandon Lowe?

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ It’s more a matter of fit than straight production Brandon Lowe was outstanding in 2020. He had what would have been his second consecutive All-Star season had the Midsummer Classic happened this year, and he finished 8th in MVP voting when the award was announced last night. #Rays Brandon Lowe finished 8th in AL MVP voting, got 1 4th place vote and 7 for 5th, was named on 29 of 30 ballots— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) November 12, 2020 His wRC+ of 150 ranked 19th among position players, and his 2.3 fWAR led all Rays players by nearly a full win. He’s...