Chad played two ways at NC State (same school Justin Upton is committed to attend by the way). In fact, even when he was drafted by the DRays, he did not know if he would be an everyday player or a pitcher. He chose the pitching mound and it appears to be the right choice:
He really became a star last season. I have heard him compared to Eric Gagne, but thats a lot of pressure to put on a kid. Lets just hope he continues his path to be the future closer of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
The Baseball Prospectus released their top prospects, and guess who was on the list? Well, there are four representatives from the Devil Rays. Here is the list of Tampa Bay prospects who made it to this premium list of young talent:
Delmon Young, OF
Scott Kazmir, LHP
Jonny Gomes, OF
Chad Orvella, RHRP
All of these guys making this list could be making contributions to the big league club at some time this season. Kazmir and Gomes possibly can make this team with a good Spring. As far as Orvella, it will be intersting to watch what happens with Baez who is currently Tampa's closer. Will the Devil Rays bring Chad along slowly, or will they thrust him into the closer role. My money is on Baez sent packing at the trade deadline. That would free up some money as well.