- The Rays were busy once again with International Free Agency, signing 5 of the top 50 prospects (according to Baseball America).
- This includes BA’s number 13 best prospect Alejandro Pie. So I guess you could say, the Rays want their Pie and eat it too.
#Rays agree to $1.4M deal with Dominican SS Alejandro Pie, per @JesseSanchezMLB. He is 6-4, 175 pound 16-year-old that @BaseballAmerica describes as “an athletic shortstop with plus speed and a plus arm,” and says he could move to the outfield. Key reminder: He’s 16.— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) July 2, 2018
- Wilson Ramos still atop the All Star balloting with just days left to go before voting ends. He looks like he’s going to win that spot, but don’t stop voting now!
- Ryne Stanek finally gave up a run, and unfortunately came in the bottom of the 10th. This was the Rays 37th 1-run game this season (tied for most with the Mariners).
- Speaking of that game, Juan Toribio at The Athletic has three takeaways from the start of this leg of the Citrus Series.
- One of just four major league pitchers with 11 wins or more, Blake Snell is getting some more attention nationwide. Yesterday he got the call to answer some fan questions on MLB’s Chatting Cage:
- Over at the Process Report, Jason Hanselman took a look into a (seemingly) absurd comp I made in the DRaysBay Slack channel: Mallex Smith = Corey Dickerson. It’s not quite as absurd as you might think!
Around the League:
- To hear more about this years IFA class, the newest episode of Effectively Wild has the great Eric Longenhagen on to discuss these players we will see in half a decade.
- Rockies pitcher Jon Gray was demoted to the minors. Craig Edwards at Fangraphs wonders if he actually deserved it?
- Ozzie Albies is a fantastic young player, and it takes an even more fantastically filthy pitch to make somebody that good look this bad: