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Here are 10 Rays players to watch this spring

While most of the attention will fall on the players who are expected to make the Opening Day roster, manager Kevin Cash and the rest of the organization will be keeping a close eye on some of the players that could find their way to the big leagues at some point within the next year.

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Glasnow working to quicken delivery

Tyler Glasnow is hoping to build off a positive 2018, but his delivery is going to look a little different this season.

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Kiermaier eyeing 'huge rebound year' in 2019

Kevin Kiermaier has always played with a chip on his shoulder, but he admits that there's some extra motivation heading into Spring Training after a frustrating 2018 season.

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Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training, day four

Daniel Robertson, Brandon Lowe, and Kevin Kiermaier arrived in Tampa Bay Rays camp on Thursday and Friday (respectively), as 61 of 66 players are now present. Still to arrive are Ji-Man Choi, Yandy Diaz, Lucius Fox, Tommy Pham, and Jesus Sanchez. Meanwhile, Ryne Stanek, Austin Pruitt, Oliver Drake, and Ian Gibaut threw their regularly scheduled bullpen sessions on the fourth day of Spring Training. Kiermaier, who entered camp even more in shape than usual, was eager to get on the field. Last...

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DRaysBay Top Prospects 2019: No. 2, LHP/1B Brendan McKay

Brendan McKay was the fourth overall pick for the Tampa Bay Rays out of the University of Louisville. McKay was a three time winner of the John Olerud Award, given to the best two way player in college baseball, and since his selection the Rays have been committed to trying to see if he could make it work in professional baseball.

Being good enough to be a major leaguer on one side of the ball is extremely difficult, much less while splitting your time between pitching and hitting, but...

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View from the Catwalk: Poche Posse

Get ready for the Year of Poche

Every spring one or two players get the underground buzz really going surrounding What Could Be for the season to be. This year, 25-year-old Rays prospect, lefty Colin Poche, is getting that buzz.

He’s the perfect candidate for this kind of treatment: Never tooooo big of a name; he got the FanGraphs treatment in the form of both a Jeff Sullivan article and Effectively Wild discussion; his stuff isn’t overpowering, which makes him intriguing; and his numbers...

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Colin Poche’s “invisi-ball” is making waves

One of the most intriguing players in camp this spring will be Colin Poche. While the Tampa Bay Rays are only a couple of days removed from their first workout, the lefty is already leaving an impression on teammates and coaches. Would you believe me if I told you that a 92 MPH fastball was […] Tampa Bay Rays: Colin Poche’s “invisi-ball” is making waves - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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2019 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 25

Jose De Leon is the second player in the last four votes to fall out of the top 10 due to injury.

Previous winner

RHP Jose De Leon (6’1 220, 26 in 2019)

2018 statistics: Did not pitch

De Leon missed all of 2018 due to Tommy John surgery. That came on the heels of an injury-plagued 2017 season that saw him go on the disabled list three times. When healthy, he was one of the top strikeout pitchers in the minors, and he also threw a lot of strikes. His fastball sat in the low-90s, and his...

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Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training, day three

The rain cleared and the clouds parted in Port Charlotte on Thursday, and more than 12 Tampa Bay Rays pitchers threw off the mound, including number one and two starters Charlie Morton and Blake Snell. Both hurlers got the chance to throw to catcher Mike Zunino, who was acquired from the Mariners this offseason. Zunino spoke with the pitchers after they threw, which made a big, early impact on the staff. Rays manager Kevin Cash spoke highly of Zunino, who made a good first impression. He’s...

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Kevin Cash is excited for the young arms Rays have

The Tampa Bay Rays have a lot of young exciting players throughout the diamond, including on the mound. Kevin Cash is excited for the future, especially his newest hot rod The rain yesterday in Port Charlotte did not keep the Tampa Bay Rays pitchers and catchers stand ideally by. The battery tandems moved throwing sessions inside yesterday before […] Tampa Bay Rays: Kevin Cash is excited for the young arms Rays have - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan...

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View from the Catwalk: It’s Raining Baseball!

Hallelujah!

Day 2 of camp saw catchers and pitchers throwing, although on this particular day it had to be in the batting cages due to rain.

The result was this phenomenal video from the Rays crew:

It rained baseball today. #SpringRays pic.twitter.com/g4fBEC2twj

— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) February 14, 2019

For the fan, rain is also a benefit, because the beat writers were able to get up close and personal behind the netting and provide some excellent footage.

My favorite of...

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FanGraphs lists eight Rays in top-100 for 2019

Plus two honorable mentions. Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel are back at it, concluding their team reports with their overall top-100 prospects for 2019, and this year it’s easier to get the information and level of detail you want than ever: Bravo, FanGraphs. What follows is the TL;DR reports from the top-100, but please, check it out in full for yourself! *** 65 FV Prospects 2. Wander Franco, SS Franco is really close to a perfect prospect, as he’s plus at almost everything he...

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A little rain can't keep eager Rays from field

A rainy morning didn't stop the Rays' pitchers and catchers from officially taking the field Wednesday. "Other than the pitchers getting out there and getting in their legs a little bit and running some of the more casual [pitchers' fielding practice drills], everything is fine," manager Kevin Cash said.

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Spring brings vet leaders for blossoming Rays

When Tyler Glasnow heard the news that the Rays were signing Charlie Morton, he couldn't help but get even more excited for the 2019 season.

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Notes from the first day of Rays Spring Training

No. 2 hurler, RHP Charlie Morton, spoke to the media on the first day of camp on Tuesday. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) Apologies for the tardiness of this article, which was originally posted on our Tumblr page. Pitchers and catchers officially reported to camp in Port Charlotte on Tuesday, after 40 players — give or take — worked out on the field on Monday. All told, 41 of the 66 players invited to big league camp are pitchers and catchers, who are slated to work out on Wednesday...

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What we can learn from Aaron Nola’s extension

Earlier this offseason I wrote about the need for the Tampa Bay Rays to extend their new face of the franchise and now after Aaron Nola’s extension with the Phillies, we may have a clearer picture at what a Snell extension may look like. When assessing what an extension could look like for the Tampa […] Tampa Bay Rays: What we can learn from Aaron Nola’s extension - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Snell not feeling pressure in '19 after Cy win

After winning the 2018 American League Cy Young Award, Blake Snell said he doesn't feel "any pressure" in '19.

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The Tampa Bay Rays initiated the most replay challenges in 2018

And they were good at it, too! The Tampa Bay Rays challenged a play on the field 55 times in 2018, the highest of any team, comprising 33.9% of their games played, and 3.81% of all challenges. Not included in that breakdown are challenges initiated by umpires, which was the largest slice of the pie, 10.8% of challenges. The next closest franchises were Boston with 53, and Colorado with 51. No other teams initiated more than 50 challenges. The Rays were successful in 29 of their initiated...

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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Charlie Morton thinks the Rays are contenders

And everyone else believes in Charlie.

With today being the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers, we should continue to get a flood of interviews and information on the newest Rays.

Here’s what’s come in so far!

Rays News GM Erik Neander, VP Chaim Bloom, and Manager Kevin Cash held their annual press conference from the spring training boardwalk. The video is below, and you can listen to the 20-min press conference here.

Join us for our annual pre-spring training press...

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Jalen Beeks could be a key arm for the 2019 Tampa Bay Rays. Or not.

Time for some Remedial Beeks Theory

It’s March 28, 2019 and you come home to a brand new board game sitting on your front step. You go inside, tear open the wrapping, and you’re excited to find a dice-based game with unlimited variations at play. Eager to put this bad boy to the test, you call over your friends and embark on what will be an eight-month-long journey.

[Editor’s note before we being this journey: Yes, Baseball Prospectus has 10-90 percentile projections for Beeks’ 2019...

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