This Date in Team History!
In 2011, the Rays signed former Angels top prospect and St. Pete native, Casey Kotchman to a minor league deal and gave him an invite to spring training. Despite an excellent spring, Kotchman was assigned to Durham, but only played in one game before Manny Ramirez's suddenn suspension/retirement, then he received the call up to the Rays and became the team's savior as he slashed .306/.378/.422 with 10 home runs over 146 games, good for 127 wRC+ and 2.3 WAR.
Trivia Time (Ian)
Yesterday's trivia answer, for the worst season of DRS in Rays history, was Yunel Escobar.
We've previously looked at the players with high groundball rates in their Rays career. Here's the other end of the spectrum. This player holds the title for the highest flyball rate in a Rays career (minimum 30 innings pitched). That rate was a whopping 63.6%!
Who is the player?
There are 66 days until Opening Day!
That's the same number of home runs that Jonny Gomes hit during his Rays career
Here's one of those
- Well, we're still waiting on the Steve Pearce signing to be announced. As Topkin points out, this likely means that the holdup is in the corresponding moves, and that means they might be very interesting.
- Henry Druschel of Beyond the Box Score picks up on Jeff Sullivan's article from yesterday and graphs how catcher framing seems to no longer be the advantage it was a few years ago.
- The Nationals are complaining that the Orioles don't pay them enough TV money (the Orioles own the Nats' TV station). It's this dynamic (TV deals) that likely keeps the Rays in Tampa Bay.
- The Process Report profiled Corey Dickerson, one of the names that consistently comes up in talks about a Rays-Rockies deal.
- Topkin wrote about Brent Honeywell and new Rays pitching coordinator Charlie Haeger ($$) for Baseball America.