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Tampa Bay Rays make second wave of cuts, several top prospects reassigned

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The Tampa Bay Rays have made another round of cuts this Spring as they continue to trim their roster down to 26-men in preparation for Opening Day, which is just over two weeks away.

Following their first wave of reassignments on Monday when the Rays reassigned nine players, including number one overall prospect Wander Franco, the team made 10 more cuts to their Spring roster with the players listed below:

  • Brent Honeywell, RHP*
  • Vidal Brujan, INF*
  • Shane McClanahan, LHP*
  • Jose Lowe, OF*
  • Brendan McKay, LHP/1B*
  • Kevin Padlo, INF*
  • Luis Patiño, RHP
  • Drew Strotman, RHP*
  • Taylor Walls, SS*
  • Joe Ryan, RHP
    * - denotes if player is on 40-man roster

The list is a mix of players on and off the team’s 40-man roster and all of them have their place near the top of the Rays prospect rankings.

Shane McClanahan is perhaps the most surprising cut of the Spring thus far for the Rays. He has dominated in each of his brief outings in the Grapefruit League; however, for the time being, the Rays will hope to keep McClanahan has a starting pitcher rather than as a weapon in the bullpen and will give him time at the alternate site to lengthen out his arm.

“Couldn’t have done anything better. He was outstanding. The guy wants to be in the big leagues, and none of us are going to sit here and blame him or fault him for that. Really, really impressed with what Mac took from the alternate site and then being part of the postseason and put to work this offseason. You guys see it. We all see it. He’s got a chance to be really special.”
- Rays Manager, Kevin Cash

Also among reassignments was Luis Patiño, the prize of the Blake Snell trade, as well as Brent Honeywell, who is close to returning from his fourth elbow surgery. Joe Ryan was also included among the cuts, with his optioning helping the Rays situate the Durham Bulls starting rotation (McClanahan, Patiño, Honeywell, Strotman, and Ryan). Retaining any of these prospects at this stage would hint at a bullpen role for their development.

Opening Day is fast approaching and the Rays still have plenty of roster moves to make with their current roster sitting at 53 players.