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Not suprisingly the third slot came down to Jake McGee and Wade Davis with Reid Brignac and Jeff Niemann trailing slightly behind in a dead heat for second runner-up. In the end the man with the electric heater won, here's your #3 Jake McGee.


Fastball that sits in the 90-93 range, can get it into the mid-90's, solid secondary pitches and a good feel for pitching. - Jay Bradley (RaysBB.com) Some have compared McGee to Erik Bedard, he was of course a draft pick by the old Rays regime, and the main concern for McGee is using his non-fastball pitches as some have cited his lack of diversity as hurdle for quicker promotions. The ultimate compliment to McGee's heater would be how well he's done in the lower levels with basically a single pitch.  

I'm thinking today is Wade Davis' day to get off the waiting list...

Running List

  1. Evan Longoria
  2. David Price
  3. Jake McGee
  4. Tomorrow
  5. Friday

Wade Davis

Position: RHSP

Age:22.0

Projected 08 Level: AA/AAA

Stats:

Vero Beach (13 GS) - 78.1 IP 54 H 5 HR 88 K 21 BB 1.84 ERA

Montgomery (14 GS) - 80 IP 74 H 3 HR 81 K 30 BB 3.15 ERA

Another third of the Montgomery trio, Davis is more polished than McGee in terms of using his non-fastball pitches, although I'm not sure that any of his pitches can match the effectiveness of that McGee heater.

Reid Brignac

Position: SS

Age:21.8

Projected 08 Level: AAA

Stats:

Montgomery (527 AB) - .260/.328/.433/.761 17 HR 81 RBIs 55 BB 94 K

Although the Cajun God did struggle for most of the year, you wonder if perhaps some of it was Longoria withdrawal. Brignac maintains his hacky ways, but with a patient hitter like Longoria complementing his style you have to wonder if he grew too accustomed to the Batman / Robin approach.

Jeff Niemann

Position: RHSP

Age:24.7

Projected 08 Level: MLB

Stats:

Durham (25 GS) - 131 IP 144 H 13 HR 123 K 46 BB 3.98 ERA

"Big Red" had his most healthy season to date and finished strong down the stretch, giving hope that come April Niemann will be taking the mound for Tampa every fifth day.

Poll

Who's #4?

This poll is closed

  • 55%
    Wade Davis
    (19 votes)
  • 20%
    Reid Brignac
    (7 votes)
  • 17%
    Jeff Niemann
    (6 votes)
  • 5%
    Other (Please Name in Comments)
    (2 votes)
34 votes total Vote Now