On this podcast special, we talk to Erik Neander about the magical ride through the 2020 postseason, and how that shaped their plans for the offseason heading into 2021. We focus a lot on the construction of the pitching staff, especially with Charlie Morton and Blake Snell pitching for new teams this Spring, but mix in prospect coverage as well.
The Rays new/returning beat writer Adam Berry joined the podcast to go deep on the Rays Top-30 prospects for 2021. Before going into the full list, there was celebrating to be had, as Brent Honeywell Jr. returned to the mound for the first time since 2017. Berry provides perspective on just how long the wait was, and highlights some other key performances in Spring Training as well.
On this episode, Darby and Brett were joined by Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network. Neil is the host of the Rays pre- and post-game shows on the Rays Radio Network, and also has a Rays-centric podcast and show, This Week in Rays Baseball. We talk Spring Training, and specifically Brent Honeywell Jr.’s return to the mound. After a successful 2020, Neil adds his perspective on the moves made heading into 2021, and how they affect the team’s big picture.
Brian Anderson discusses the playoff run, and analyzes the pitching staff, a DRaysBay Podcast Special
Rays TV color commentator, Brian Anderson, talks to Danny Russell and Darby Robinson about the makeup of the Rays pitching staff, and how the innings will be pieced together this year. Brian talks about how him and play by play announcer Dewayne Staats managed to call games during a COVID season, and how it may impact the future of broadcasting. Brent Honeywell, whose comeback start was undoubtedly the story of the Spring, is discussed, and Brian talks about the impact a player like Honeywell would have on this Rays team.
In this opening series preview, Brett talks to Alex Krutchik (@AlexKrutchikCJN) of fishstripes.com to take a look at this Citrus Series matchup between the Rays and Marlins. Alex talks about players to look out for this weekend from the young Marlins core, and even some guys that might join the team by the time these teams meet again in September. From DRaysBay, Jamal Wilburg (@JWilburg) joins the show, and he is heading down to South Florida for the games this weekend. We discuss the Rays pitching plans for the weekend, before raysing our voices about the 2021 season.