That was a rough way to end the series, but let’s give credit where it’s due, to Bobby Walker (h/t @raysbaseball for the name), Rays ball boy extraordinaire.
OK, ball boy! #SCtop10 pic.twitter.com/yfbtfRkvWp— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 11, 2017
But while Bobby Walker shined, Kevin Kiermaier, arguably the best defender in baseball, has made a string of costly defensive mistakes.
- Down on the farm, Jose De Leon made his first start.
#Rays De Leon: 3.1IP, 5H, 2R, 7K, 0BB. Video on 1st-game jitters, feeling stronger as game went on. @RaysBaseball @TBTimes_Rays @neilsolondz pic.twitter.com/9CbMjKr3IF— Bryan Levine (@Bryan_Levine) May 12, 2017
- Steve Kinsella says that it’s time for the Rays to call up Ryne Stanek.
- The Rays had a chance to face former teammate Nate Karns, now with the Royals. Ryan Romano notes that, despite a high ERA, Karns is pitching at the highest level he ever has. It has to do with the groundball.
- Quality article from Eli Ben-Porat on Dylan Cozens and scouting the minors.
- Zach Crizer tried to put pitch framing in a team context.
- And finally, video of Rays prospect Casey Gillaspie:
Baseball runs in @BigCaseDawg16's family, but the switch-hitting first baseman is finding his own way. pic.twitter.com/rCGuXxw5wq— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) May 12, 2017