This Date in Team History!
In 1997, the Rays signed minor league catcher, Darron Cox who was injured for most of the season in Double-A. He would spend 1998 with Durham and despite putting up solid numbers, would not be promoted up the the majors. He'd join the Expos in 1999 an make his major league debut, playing in 15 games going six for 25 with a home run before falling into obscurity after injuring his knee. He'd never return to the majors.
The answer to yesterday's question was Bartolome Fortunato, correctly guessed by Brickhaus
He has plus power and blasted several memorable shots last season, but he does a nice job of ignoring that temptation and working the gaps. His plate discipline keeps improving and he refrains from chasing pitches out of the zone. He projects as a .300 hitter with 30-homer potential. He keeps getting better defensively, too, flashing a strong arm and a willingness to nail lead runners
Hint; he was twice one of the top 20 prospects in all of baseball.
The answer to the universe, life, & everything is the remaining amount of days until Opening Day
That's the same number of stolen bases snagged by Melvin...B.J. Upton during the 2010 season.
Here's one of those swipes.
Spring Training Coverage
- Matt Moore on being healthy entering the season
- Rays Director of Minor League Operations, Mitch Lukevics joined MLB Now to talk about the Rays system. Also, a nice montage of Devil Rays/Rays moments.
- Steve Carney chats with Jake Odorizzi and Curt Casali
- The Rays first official workout will take place this morning, lasting approximately two hours.
- Blake Snell had plenty of talent, but a poor work ethic. That is, until a stern talking to from his father turned things around.
- With plenty of new hitters joining the Rays offense, the team's pitching may improve as well.
- Ian Desmond is still a free agent, so Steve Kinsella ponders a scenario in which the Rays sign the former all-star.
- The Process Report takes a look at Hank Conger
- The Orioles have finally landed Yovani Gallardo, giving him $35 million over three years while also costing Baltimore, their first round pick in June.