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20 Days Until Spring Training Begins

The Joyce and Souza connection, and then a cavalcade of other Rays

Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Spring Training is another day closer as we are now just 20 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Port Charlotte and initiating the frustratingly long road to opening day.

To commemorate the date, here are the Rays players to have worn the number 20.

Scott McClain (1998), Miguel Cairo (1998), Vinny Castilla (2000), Bob Smith (2000-2002), Dave McCarty (2002), Javier Valetin (2003), Midre Cummings (2004), Mike Difelice (2008), Matt Joyce (2009-2014), and Steven Souza (2015-present).

Some highlights from these players donning these uniforms

Matt Joyce had several great moments from his long tenure with the Rays

Souza was a bit of a disappointment in 2015, but he still showed plenty of potential for the future.

20th Ranked Rays Player by fWAR

Jake Odorizzi - 7.2 fWAR

Odorizzi came to the Rays in December of 2012 as part of a seven player deal. After pitching a grand total seven games in the majors in 2013, Odorizzi has been a staple in the Rays rotation since 2014. Over that time he has averaged 175 innings a season, maintaining a 22.4 K% and a 7.3 BB% with opponents hitting .235 off of him. Odorizzi also has a 3.72 ERA and a 3.91 FIP.


The countdown continues tomorrow!