Rays Season Preview 2014: Player Index and Projections

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Welcome to our 2014 season preview. Here you'll find a stats projection for every Rays player, along with links to more in-depth writeups. There are a few places you can see the full roster. I've collected the Rays' major-league salary commitments both for 2014 and the future, and rglass44 has presented the major and minor league depth charts in terms of predicted lineups through 2020.

Starting Position Players

(and the long sides of platoons)

Primary Catcher: Ryan Hanigan (33 years old)

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG HR wOBA wRC+
Career 1580 0.262 0.359 0.343 20 0.312 90
Steamer 351 0.243 0.333 0.309 4 0.291 86
Oliver 600 0.246 0.334 0.300 4 0.286 82
ZiPS 297 0.249 0.342 0.311 2 0.290 85

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

Backup Catcher: Jose Molina (39 years old)

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG HR wOBA wRC+
Career 2548 0.238 0.287 0.340 39 0.278 68
Steamer 286 0.227 0.287 0.325 4 0.273 73
Oliver 600 0.209 0.271 0.290 7 0.253 59
ZiPS 274 0.225 0.283 0.317 4 0.268 70

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

First Base: James Loney (30 years old)

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG HR wOBA wRC+
Career 4082 0.285 0.340 0.421 86 0.330 105
Steamer 536 0.268 0.326 0.393 11 0.313 101
Oliver 600 0.283 0.339 0.407 12 0.327 110
ZiPS 569 0.27 0.320 0.382 10 0.306 96

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

Second Base: Ben Zobrist (33 years old)

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG HR wOBA wRC+
Career 3824 0.263 0.354 0.435 104 0.345 118
Steamer 658 0.265 0.356 0.421 15 0.342 121
Oliver 600 0.267 0.344 0.393 11 0.326 110
ZiPS 647 0.261 0.350 0.415 15 0.337 117

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

Short Stop: Yunel Escobar (31 years old)

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG HR wOBA wRC+
Career 3889 0.278 0.35 0.386 62 0.328 102
Steamer 507 0.254 0.325 0.353 7 0.303 94
Oliver 600 0.258 0.331 0.363 9 0.309 98
ZiPS 576 0.255 0.321 0.348 8 0.300 91

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

Third Base: Evan Longoria (28 years old)

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG HR wOBA wRC+
Career 3419 0.275 0.357 0.512 162 0.371 135
Steamer 640 0.263 0.351 0.489 29 0.361 134
Oliver 600 0.260 0.338 0.474 27 0.350 126
ZiPS 588 0.260 0.345 0.477 26 0.354 129

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

Left Field: David DeJesus (34 years old)

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG HR wOBA wRC+
Career 5326 0.279 0.353 0.417 88 0.339 106
Steamer 472 0.244 0.324 0.374 8 0.311 99
Oliver 600 0.242 0.322 0.374 10 0.310 99
ZiPS 466 0.241 0.317 0.366 8 0.305 95

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

Center Field: Desmond Jennings (27 years old)

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG HR wOBA wRC+
Career 1476 0.250 0.330 .40+ 37 0.326 109
Steamer 624 0.244 0.326 0.39 14 0.318 104
Oliver 600 0.256 0.337 0.402 13 0.327 110
ZiPS 633 0.249 0.326 0.43 15 0.322 107

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

Right Field: Wil Myers (23 years old)

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG HR wOBA wRC+
Career 373 0.293 0.354 0.478 13 0.357 131
Steamer 625 0.258 0.328 0.442 23 0.335 116
Oliver 600 0.265 0.330 0.452 22 0.338 118
ZiPS 659 0.263 0.326 0.437 23 0.331 113

Further reading:

Designated Hitter: Matt Joyce (29 years old)

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG HR wOBA wRC+
Career 2040 0.249 0.340 0.455 79 0.345 120
Steamer 454 0.245 0.341 0.432 16 0.339 118
Oliver 600 0.238 0.332 0.413 20 0.329 112
ZiPS 471 0.246 0.338 0.43 16 0.336 116

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

Bench/Short side of platoons

INF: Logan Forsythe (27 years old)

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG HR wOBA wRC+
Career 762 0.241 0.310 0.349 12 0.292 87
Steamer 332 0.244 0.323 0.369 6 0.307 97
Oliver 600 0.252 0.325 0.39 14 0.316 103
ZiPS 380 0.224 0.311 0.337 7 0.292 86

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

OF: Brandon Guyer (28 years old)

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG HR wOBA wRC+
Career 50 0.188 0.204 0.396 3 0.258 62
Steamer 134 0.251 0.308 0.387 3 0.306 96
Oliver 600 0.258 0.319 0.384 10 0.312 100
ZiPS 386 0.253 0.306 0.386 7 0.306 96

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

UTIL: Sean Rodriguez (29 years old)

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG HR wOBA wRC+
Career 1594 0.228 0.304 0.36 33 0.296 86
Steamer 236 0.231 0.305 0.369 5 0.299 91
Oliver 600 0.233 0.309 0.367 13 0.301 92
ZiPS 318 0.233 0.310 0.376 7 0.305 95

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

Position Player Depth

If career MLB experience is not relevant, the highest level played will be listed.

C: Curt Casali (25 years old)

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG HR wOBA wRC+
MiLB (AA) 145 0.383 0.483 0.600 5 0.486 216
Steamer
0.269 0.299 0.357 0 0.291 86
Oliver 600 0.248 0.318 0.397 16 0.315 102
ZiPS 360 0.229 0.295 0.333 6 0.282 79

Further reading:

OF: Kevin Kiermaier (24 years old)

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG HR wOBA wRC+
Career 0
Steamer 136 0.245 0.299 0.344 1 0.285 82
Oliver 600 0.260 0.314 0.383 7 0.306 96
ZiPS 489 0.244 0.298 0.338 4 0.283 80

Further reading:

INF: Hak-Ju Lee (23 years old)

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG HR wOBA wRC+
MiLB (AAA) 57 0.422 0.536 0.600 1 0.508 225
Steamer 85 0.242 0.301 0.327 1 0.281 79
Oliver 600 0.250 0.314 0.344 5 0.294 88
ZiPS 294 0.242 0.301 0.335 3 0.285 81

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

1B/OF: Jerry Sands (27 years old)

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG HR wOBA wRC+
Career 251 0.244 0.325 0.376 4 0.313 100
Steamer
0.216 0.289 0.359 0 0.288 84
Oliver 600 0.198 0.277 0.343 18 0.276 75
ZiPS 523 0.204 0.282 0.342 14 0.278 77

Further reading:

Starting Pitchers: The Major League Rotation

No. 1 Starter: LHP David Price (28 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 973 22.1% 7.2% 3.19 3.39
Steamer 192 21.5% 6.1% 3.27 3.22
Oliver 200 22.6% 5.6% 2.88 3.10
ZiPS 198 3.09 3.09

Further reading:

  • David Price's dominant second half

No. 2 Starter: RHP Alex Cobb (26 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 332.1 20.2% 7.7% 3.39 3.53
Steamer 192 20.4% 8.0% 3.41 3.27
Oliver 151 20.4% 7.9% 3.40 3.51
ZiPS 157.7 3.31 3.47

Further reading:

No. 3 Starter: LHP Matt Moore (25 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 337 23.1% 11.1% 3.55 3.89
Steamer 173 22.5% 10.5% 3.76 3.99
Oliver 161 23.5% 10.2% 3.57 3.76
ZiPS 171.3 3.42 3.58

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

No. 4 Starter: RHP Chris Archer (25 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 158 21.2% 7.9% 3.47 3.94
Steamer 163 19.6% 10.4% 4.10 4.06
Oliver 160 18.8% 10.6% 4.17 4.44
ZiPS 152.3 3.72 3.99

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

Starting Pitchers: The Competition for No. 5

Currently Injured: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (27 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 576.1 17.0% 7.9% 3.70 4.39
Steamer 38 17.1% 7.6% 4.04 4.17
Oliver 176 17.2% 7.2% 3.86 4.31
ZiPS 164 4.12 4.30

Further reading:

Veteran Free Agent: LHP Erik Bedard (35 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 1228 22.4% 9.6% 3.94 3.79
Steamer 19 19.2% 10.1% 4.11 4.27
Oliver 140 19.0% 10.3% 4.45 4.32
ZiPS 121 4.24 4.11

Further reading:

Next in line: RHP Jake Odorizzi (24 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 37 16.7% 7.7% 4.14 4.19
Steamer 96 18.2% 9.0% 4.19 4.27
Oliver 146 18.8% 8.4% 4.06 4.44
ZiPS 136 4.57 4.77

Further reading:

Starting Pitchers: Additional Depth

RHP Alex Colome (25 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 16 16.9% 12.7% 2.25 5.05
Steamer 49 19.9% 11.0% 4.03 4.18
Oliver 102 16.7% 11.8% 4.60 4.85
ZiPS 96.7 5.03 5.28

Further reading:

LHP Enny Romero (23 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 4.2 0.0% 22.2% 0 5.62
Steamer 44 17.2% 13.8% 4.66 4.76
Oliver 130 15.3% 14.4% 4.76 5.31
ZiPS 119.7 5.26 5.41

Further reading:

RHP Matt Andriese (27 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
MiLB 134.2 21.0% 5.8% 3.18 2.86
Steamer
16.7% 7.9% 4.45 4.15
Oliver 131 15.4% 6.6% 3.90 3.76
ZiPS 132 4.09 4.08

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

RHP Nate Karns (26 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 12 18.0% 9.8% 7.50 8.38
Steamer 38 20.7% 11.2% 4.17 4.18
Oliver 109 19.6% 11.4% 4.28 4.63
ZiPS 126.3 3.99 4.26

Further reading:

Relief Pitchers

Grant Balfour (36 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 473 26.4% 10.6% 3.27 3.44
Steamer 65 24.1% 9.5% 3.15 3.64
Oliver 62 24.1% 9.6% 3.17 3.74
ZiPS 57.3 2.98 3.33

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

Joel Peralta (38 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 528.1 22.4% 7.2% 3.87 3.97
Steamer 55 23.4% 9.0% 3.34 4.03
Oliver 66 24.1% 9.4% 3.40 3.82
ZiPS 59.3 3.19 3.46

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

Jake McGee (27 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 151 29.4% 7.8% 3.28 3.04
Steamer 65 28.7% 8.9% 2.64 3.03
Oliver 58 27.0% 7.5% 3.09 3.19
ZiPS 61 3.10 3.11

Further reading:

Heath Bell (36 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 611.1 24.5% 8.1% 3.39 3.13
Steamer 55 20.9% 8.1% 3.37 3.70
Oliver 64 21.2% 7.7% 3.96 3.99
ZiPS 59 3.81 3.76

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

Juan Carlos Oviedo (30 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 357 18.9% 7.7% 4.34 4.29
Steamer 45 21.1% 9.1% 3.58 4.06
Oliver 31 17.8% 8.1% 4.33 4.33
ZiPS 16.7 4.31 4.01

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

Brandon Gomes (29 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 74 23.3% 1.7% 4.38 4.12
Steamer 30 23.3% 8.6% 3.13 3.83
Oliver 52 23.3% 7.6% 3.98 4.20
ZiPS 52.3 4.13 4.08

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

Cesar Ramos (30 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 164 18.6% 9.2% 4.01 3.79
Steamer 40 18.6% 8.6% 3.69 3.93
Oliver 69 17.2% 8.1% 3.77 4.20
ZiPS 65.3 4.41 4.44

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

Josh Lueke (29 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 57.1 21.4% 10.7% 6.44 3.74
Steamer 35 22.8% 9.0% 3.35 3.78
Oliver 73 21.1% 7.9% 3.83 3.43
ZiPS 72 4.00 3.81

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

Brad Boxberger (26 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 49.2 26.6% 14.5% 2.72 4.34
Steamer 10 25.9% 11.1% 3.26 3.63
Oliver 72 29.4% 11.0% 3.65 3.29
ZiPS 72 3.25 3.59

Further reading:

  • Coming soon.

Mark Lowe (31 years old)

Projection IP K% BB% ERA FIP
Career 274.1 19.6% 10.3% 4.17 4.17
Steamer 1 21.6% 10.4% 3.89 4.02
Oliver 46 19.7% 9.4% 4.30 4.31
ZiPS 45.7 4.33 4.40

Further reading:

Statistics and projections are from FanGraphs. Errors are almost surely my own.

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