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Rays Stuff On BA

Could fit in Minor League highlights, but: no. First an insider-only piece by Matt Eddy on Alexander Colome and Wilking Rodriguez(here's a snippet):

Lichtenstein explained the Rays' development philosophy at the low Class A level. "The basic things we're trying to pound away are fastball command down in zone, using your changeup and cleaning up your breaking ball," he said. "You're going to get hit with your fastball occasionally, but if it's good enough, we want you to execute it and not always go to offspeed to get outs. We tell them, 'We want you to develop your stuff to get big leaguers out, not to be good in A-ball.' "

As good as they've been this season, Colome and Rodriguez were doing just that.

Regarding Rodriguez, Lichtenstein said: "He's got a power fastball, sitting 92-93 (mph) and touching 96, even in the cold weather we've had. He pounds the ball down in the zone, and he's got a really good breaking ball, a 12-to-6 type. But maybe most exciting is that he's developing a feel for his changeup—it's got some good sink, and he sells the arm speed.

Colome: "He's got a power fastball, 93-94 (mph), touches 95, and we think there's going to be more as summer goes along," Lichtenstein said. "Like Rodriguez, he's got the power breaking ball (also a curveball). They both have power arms and can spin the ball a bit."

And then free are quick hits on Jason McEachern and Scott Shuman:

About righthander Jason McEachern, a 13th-round pick in 2008, he said: "He's a nice young arm. Early on, he struggled to get the ball down, and his secondary pitches were all over place. But he's a tremendous competitor and we were encouraged by his (April 25) outing." In that start against Lake County, the 19-McEachern completed six shutout innings, allowing just three hits. Overall, he was 0-4, 6.75 with 14 strikeouts and eight walks in 22 2/3 innings.

Righthanded reliever Scott Shuman, a 19th-round pick last year from Auburn, continued to open eyes with his power sinker and plus slider. The 22-year-old had fanned 14 and walked six in 11 1/3 relief innings. People who saw Shuman in the Appalachian League last year had similar things to say about him.

McEachern and Kyle Lobstein have been disappointing numbers-wise in the early going.

This post was written by a member of the DRaysBay community and does not necessarily express the views or opinions of DRaysBay staff.

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