The Devil Rays brought up Kazmir pretty quickly last year after he was acquired from the Mets. Had Kaz stayed with the Mets organization, he probably would not have seen any type of major league action until sometime this season. I see Niemann being brought up late summer if he is tearing up AA with the Biscuits of the Southern League.
John Sickels recently stopped by SportsBlurbs for a chat and here is the Devil Rays related interaction:
john_sickels: Niemann...biggest issue there is heavy college workload and injury possibility. If healthy, he could be ready within a year. But they thought the same thing about Brazelton.
The single A short season Hudson Valley Renegades of the NY Penn League have a brand new web site. It was just a few weeks ago I had the Q&A with the beat reporter of the Renegades.
This pretty much sums up Lou Piniella, the manager:
Seth Stohs on Devil Rays Rule V pick Angel Garcia (who will need to stay on the 25 roster man roster if he is to stick):