The Tampa Bay Rays have promoted 2B/OF Vidal Brujan and LHP Ryan Sherriff from Triple-A Durham, designating one of them as their 27th man for Wednesday’s double-header against the baseball team from Cleveland. In a corresponding roster move, the Rays have placed Manuel Margot on the 10-day Injured List due to a left-hamstring strain that he suffered during the final inning of Monday’s walk-off victory against Cleveland.
The Rays will remain active following the first game of their double-header, as they’ll be activating LHP Josh Fleming from the Injured List.
Brujan has gone from an unknown to one of the game’s elite prospects in just a few short years. Originally signed to a contract with the Rays organization for just $15K, he quickly showcased his abilities and blew through the lower levels of the team’s system during his ascent to the top of their prospect rankings.
Over his minor league career, Brujan has hit .290/.374/.423 with a 10.6 BB% and 11.6 K% over 448 games, collecting 166 stolen bases along the way. While his offensive production has been stellar, Brujan has also shown to be more than capable all over the diamond, spending time at all three out field positions as well as the majority of the infield with excellent results.
Brujan will make his big league debut in the first game of the double-header, hitting 5th and starting at second base. If the Rays keep him at the Major League level following the game, he may see some time in the outfield during Margot’s injured list stay.
As the top position player in the Rays minor league system, following the promotion of Wander Franco, this is an exciting debut for fans. Here’s what we wrote about Brujan in our pre-season Top-34 prospect list:
[...] diminutive in stature, the switch hitter turned in a .277/.346/.389 line and put up a 117 wRC+ split between Port Charlotte and Montgomery in 2019. He takes violent hacks that look like he is out of control, yet he has control of the strike zone, showing the ability to lay off pitches out of the zone while not swinging and missing frequently. Throughout his time in the minors, he has generally ran strikeout rates in the 10-15% range.
Brujan’s natural position has been second base, but some believe he has enough arm that he could play shortstop if needed. Due to the surplus of middle infielders in the system, the Rays started working him in the outfield last spring, where his elite speed could allow him to play in center.