Randy played two years of professional baseball in Cuba, where he earned the nickname El Cohete Cubano, or “The Cuban Rocket,” for his lightning speed…he earned $4 a month during his first season with Pinar del Río…he was left off the roster for the 2015 Caribbean Series out of concern that he would defect…he defected to Mexico later that same year, prompted in part by the passing of his father in 2014…he received his Mexican citizenship at the Mexican embassy in Florida in April 2022...Soccer was his first love…his younger brother, Raiko, is a professional goalkeeper who signed with the USL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies prior to the 2021 season after playing three seasons for Mexican clubs, most recently for the Cafetaleros de Chiapas (The Coffee Growers)…the two originally began playing the opposite sport and switched paths professionally…Randy’s baseball career didn’t begin until his soccer coach dropped him off at a baseball practice to help a local team that was short on players…in May 2022, Randy invited Raiko to take batting practice at Tropicana Field and Raiko homered twice...Randy battled a prolonged COVID-19 diagnosis in the early part of the 2020 season…to stay fit, he crafted a home fitness regimen of 300 pushups a day and three meals of chicken and rice...Randy will play for Team Mexico in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.
Recorded 20 HR and 32 SB, his second straight 20/20 season and the third 20/30 season in club history, joining B.J. Upton in 2011 and 2012...Was one of two in the Majors to reach 20/30 in 2022, joining KC Bobby Witt Jr. …was one of three to reach 20/20 in both 2021-22, joining CLE José Ramírez and WSH/LAD Trea Turner...Was the second player in major league history to reach 20/20 as a rookie and again the next season, joining LAA Mike Trout in 2012-13...Ranked 3rd in the AL in stolen bases behind BAL Jorge Mateo (35) and BAL Cedric Mullins (34)… marked the most steals by a Ray since Mallex Smith (40) in 2018…led the majors with 12 CS...His 41 2B ranked fifth in the AL behind CLE José Ramírez (44), TOR Bo Bichette (43), BOS J.D. Martinez (43) and BOS Rafael Devers (42)…tied for 5th in Rays history behind Aubrey Huff (47) in 2003, Ben Zobrist (46) in 2011 and Evan Longoria in 2010 (46) and 2009 (44)...Became the first in franchise history and 20th player (25th time) in major league history with 20 HR, 30 SB and 40 2B in a single season, first since BOS Mookie Betts in 2018...From Aug. 1 through the end of the season, tied for second in the AL with 19 2B behind HOU Jose Altuve (20)…tied CLE José Ramírez and HOU Kyle Tucker for the AL lead with 42 RBI...Was one of four players from the Opening Day roster to remain active all season, joining Jason Adam, Corey Kluber and Taylor Walls...Made his second straight Opening Day roster, both starts (1-LF, 1-RF)...On April 16 at CHW, ejected by home plate umpire Junior Valentine for arguing balls and strikes in the 6th inning, the first of his career… was the first Rays ejection since Kevin Cash on Sept. 1, 2020 at NYY, Randy’s third game with the team…was the first ejection of a Rays player since Jesús Aguilar on Aug. 21, 2019 vs. SEA...On May 9 at LAA, his solo homer off Noah Syndergaard in the fourth inning was his first since Sep 28, 2021 at HOU, snapping a career-long drought of 32 games without one...Reached in 10 consecutive plate appearances beginning in the 5th inning on May 20 through the first inning on May 22…tied the club record set by Ji-Man Choi from Sept. 11-12, 2019 and matched by Yandy Díaz from Aug. 20-23, 2020...On June 10 at MIN, hit an inside-the-park homer off Devin Smeltzer in the seventh inning, the first of his career…marked the 22nd inside-the-park homer in franchise history and first on the road since Austin Meadows on Sept. 6, 2021 at BOS… marked the third in club history at Minnesota, joining Kevin Kiermaier on Aug. 13, 2021 (Target Field) and Carl Crawford on April 13, 2007 (Metrodome)…was the front end of back-to-back homers with Vidal Bruján, the first time in club history an inside-the-park homer was included in back-to-back homers by the Rays...On June 12 at MIN, became the third player in franchise history with two HBP and two SB in a single game, joining Jonny Gomes on Aug. 15, 2005 vs. NYY and Brent Abernathy on July 18, 2002 vs. BOS…was plunked by Twins starter Cole Sands to lead off the second and fourth innings and hit a RBI double off Sands in the fifth...From June 28-29 vs. MIL, became the first Ray with multiple steals in back-to-back games since B.J. Upton from May 18-19, 2012 vs. ATL...On July 27 at BAL, hit a bases-loaded, two-run double off All-Star closer Jorge López in the 10th inning…marked the first time in his career he delivered a go-ahead hit in extra innings...On Aug. 10 at MIL, hit a go-ahead, solo homer off Brandon Woodruff in the seventh inning…marked the third time in his career he hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning (or later), following a solo shot off Phil Maton in the ninth inning on Sept. 28, 2021 at HOU and a two-run shot off Cole Sulser in the eighth inning on Aug. 28, 2021 at BAL...On Aug. 14 vs. BAL, homered for the third time in four games with a three-run shot off Jordan Lyles in the 3rd inning…marked his first homer with two runners (or more) on base since June 13, 2021 vs. BAL (grand slam), ending a streak of 26 HR that were either solo or two-run shots...On Aug. 16 at NYY, hit a three-run homer off Nestor Cortes in the 1st inning for his fourth homer in six games and the second time in three games he hit a three-run shot to break a scoreless tie…marked the fourth time in franchise history the Rays won a game when a first-inning homer accounted for all of their runs, following Brad Miller on Aug. 17, 2016 vs. SD, Ben Zobrist on April 24, 2011 at TOR and Steve Cox on Sept. 23, 2001 vs. TOR...On Aug. 22 vs. LAA, hit a go-ahead, solo homer in the 5th inning…it went 434 feet, passing a 421-foot shot by Tommy Pham on April 18, 2019 vs. BAL for the longest opposite-field homer by a Ray since Statcast data is available (2015)...On Aug. 28 at BOS, hit 3 2B for the first time in his career and 3 XBH for the second time, along with May 19, 2021 at BAL…all 3 2B were off the Green Monster and went a combined 1,102 feet...On Sept. 6 vs. BOS, went 3-for-4 with two 2B, one HR and three RBI to snap a 1-for-13 drought…his three-run homer off Rich Hill in the first inning broke a WiFi antenna in center field...On Sep 23 vs. TOR, had a RBI groundout in the first inning, go-ahead, three-run homer off Anthony Bass in the fifth and two-run single in the eighth… recorded a career-high six RBI, the most by a Ray since Brandon Lowe (seven) on Oct 2, 2021 at NYY and most at home since Joey Butler (six) on Oct. 4, 2015 vs. TOR…the 6 RBI tied for fourth in Rays history behind Ben Zobrist (eight) on April 28, 2011 at MIN (G1), Lowe in 2021 and Carlos Peña (7) on Sept. 5, 2007 vs. BAL…snapped a 13-game drought without a homer and reached 20 HR and 20 SB for a second consecutive season...Started both games of the AL Wild Card Series at CLE in left field and went 1-for-9 with a Game 2 single in the sixth inning.
Named AL Rookie of the Year by the BBWAA, receiving 22 of 30 first-place votes…became the fourth player in Rays history to win it, joining OF Wil Myers in 2013, RH Jeremy Hellickson in 2011 and 3B Evan Longoria in 2008...Was the sixth AL left fielder to win the Rookie of the Year Award, joining MIN Marty Cordova in 1995, OAK José Canseco in 1986, CLE Joe Charboneau in 1980, BAL Al Bumbry in 1973 and KC Lou Piniella in 1969...Voted the club’s Outstanding Rookie by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the BBWAA...Was one of nine outfield finalists for three AL Silver Slugger Awards, won by TOR Teoscar Hernández, NYY Aaron Judge and BAL Cedric Mullins…was one of three finalists for the Rawlings AL Gold Glove Award for left field, won by KC Andrew Benintendi...Finished the season with 20 HR and 20 SB, the first 20/20 rookie in Rays history and third Ray overall, joining Tommy Pham in 2019 and B.J. Upton in 2012, 2011 and 2007…joined BOS Andrew Benintendi in 2017 and LAA Mike Trout in 2012 as the only rookies in the last 10 seasons to reach both 20 HR and 20 SB...Became the 11th rookie with a 20/20 season since Major League Baseball defined rookie status in 1958, a list which now includes six Rookie of the Year winners: Arozarena, LAA Mike Trout in 2012, KC Carlos Beltrán in 1999, BOS Nomar Garciaparra in 1997, MIN Marty Cordova in 1995 and CHW Tommie Agee in 1966...Tied for 7th among major league rookies and tied for 5th among AL rookies with 20 HR…led major league rookies with 145 hits and a .274 avg., and led AL rookies with 94 runs, 32 2B, 56 BB, 20 SB, a .356 OBP and .815 OPS…ranked 4th among AL rookies with 69 RBI...His 20 HR ranked 3rd in club history among rookies behind Evan Longoria (27) in 2008 and Jonny Gomes (21) in 2005…his 94 runs were a Rays rookie record and his 55 XBH ranked 2nd among rookies behind Longoria (60) in 2008...Was the fourth Rays rookie to reach double-digits in homers and steals before the All-Star break, joining Steven Souza Jr. in 2015, Delmon Young in 2007 and Rocco Baldelli in 2003...Hit safely in each of his 13 games against the Orioles, batting .448 (26-for-58) with eight HR and 19 RBI…the eight HR passed Ben Zobrist (seven) in 2009 for a single-season club record against them...Made his first career Opening Day roster and started in right field...Named the Play of the Week Award winner for April 5-11, becoming the first Rays player to accomplish the feat since the award was introduced in 2019…with 2-on, 0-out in the fourth inning April 5 at BOS, ranged to deep right-center field before making a fully-extended diving catch to take away an extra-base hit from Hunter Renfroe...On May 19 at BAL, homered in the fifth and seventh innings, doubled in the eighth and robbed at least an extra-base hit and possibly a home run in the sixth…it marked the first time the Rays got a multi-HR game out of the leadoff spot in the order since Travis d’Arnaud hit three HR on July 15, 2019, at NYY, which included a go-ahead, three-run shot off Aroldis Chapman in the 9th inning...On May 19-20 at BAL, became the second Ray with back-to-back games of 4 RBI, joining Evan Longoria from April 30–May 1, 2009, vs. BOS...On June 13 vs. BAL, hit his first grand slam…became the sixth Rays rookie to hit a grand slam, first since Joey Butler on Oct. 4, 2015, vs. TOR...On July 21 vs. BAL, homered in the 1st and 5th innings for the fourth multi-HR game of his career…sent the second pitch of the 1st out to left field for the first leadoff homer of his career...His daughter, Alaia, was born on Sept. 8 while he was on the paternity list...Reached base safely in 14 consecutive games to end the season, with a .424 OBP over that span...POSTSEASON: Reached in nine of 19 PA and reached base at least twice in all four games...In Game 1 vs. BOS, became the first player in postseason history to hit a home run and steal home in the same game…hit a solo homer off Nick Pivetta leading off the fifth inning and stole home off Josh Taylor in the seventh.
Appeared in 23 games and made 17 starts (12-LF, 4-DH, 1-RF) after his Aug. 30 recall, when 1B/DH José Martínez was traded to the Cubs…from the date of his recall through season’s end, ranked 3rd among AL rookies with 7 HR and 15 runs and tied for 3rd with 4 SB...Was on the alternate training site COVID-19 Related IL/Rehab from July 22–Aug 29...Hit all 7 HR in September, which led the team and tied for 7th in the AL…fell 4 PA shy of qualifying in September, but his .678 SLG would have ranked 3rd in the AL and his 1.055 OPS would have ranked 4th…also led the team in September with 14 runs and 11 RBI (tied with Nate Lowe)...Hit .400 (8-for-20) with 4 HR vs. LHP...Hit 4 HR in his first 16 AB with the Rays and was the first player in club history with 4 HR in his first 16 AB of a season, passing Steven Souza Jr. (3) in 2016, Sean Rodríguez (3) in 2014, Evan Longoria (3) in 2009 and Jorge Cantú (3) in 2005...He also became the first player in franchise history to hit 4 HR in his first 16 career at-bats with the Rays, passing in-season acquisitions Lucas Duda (3) in 2017 and Chris Gomez (3) in 2001...Recorded a pair of multi-HR games, both in a span of 15 games, on Sept. 6 vs. MIA and Sept. 23 at NYM…became the fastest in club history with a pair of multi-HR games, coming in his 25th and 39th career games…broke the mark previously held by Curt Casali (49th and 50th career games)...On Aug. 30 at MIA, was recalled from the alternate training site and made his Rays debut as a defensive replacement in left field...On Aug. 31 at NYY, made his first start with the Rays and started out of the leadoff spot for the first time in his career…recorded his first hit as a Ray, a sixth-inning single off Nick Nelson, and stole second base with two outs in the inning...On Sept. 2 at NYY, hit his first homer as a Ray, against Jordan Montgomery in the 1st inning...On Sept. 6 vs. MIA, hit solo homers in the first and sixth innings for his first career multi-HR game… became the fourth Cuban-born player with a multi-HR game for the Rays, joining Yandy Díaz, Yunel Escobar and José Canseco (twice)...On Sept. 23 at NYM, recorded his second multi-HR game, with a go-ahead, two-run homer off Michael Wacha in the sixth inning and a solo shot off Steven Matz in the ninth...In the season finale on Sept. 27 vs. PHI, was originally written into the starting lineup at second base, which would have been his debut in the infield…a late lineup change (sore foot for Manuel Margot) forced him back to the outfield...Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 17 overall prospect in the minors following the season… was the No. 2 prospect in the Rays system...POSTSEASON...Enjoyed a historic postseason, batting .377/.442/.831 (29-for-77) with 10 HR and 14 RBI in 20 games (all starts) and setting major league records for a single postseason in home runs, hits, extra-base hits (14, tied) and total bases (64)…the previous record was 8 HR by TEX Nelson Cruz in 2011, HOU Carlos Beltrán in 2004 and SF Barry Bonds in 2002...His 10 HR are the most in a Rays postseason career, ahead of Evan Longoria (9)...Hit 3 HR in the ALDS, 4 HR in the ALCS and 3 HR in the World Series, tying the major league record for most career postseason series with 3 HR (or more)…joined Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Carlos Beltrán and José Altuve...Recorded five three-hit games, passing HOU José Altuve in 2017, STL Albert Pujols in 2004, SEA Edgar Martinez in 1995 and SEA Jay Buhner in 1995 for the most in a single postseason...Homered in Games 1-3 of the ALDS against the Yankees…became the third Ray to homer in three consecutive postseason games, joining Evan Longoria (4) in 2008 and Carlos Peña (3) in 2008...Named Most Valuable Player of the ALCS, the first rookie position player to win MVP of a League Championship Series or World Series… only three other rookies (all pitchers) had been named MVP of a League Championship Series: BAL Mike Boddicker (1983), FLA Liván Hernández (1997) and STL Michael Wacha (2013)...In Game 7 vs. HOU, became the first Rays rookie to homer in a “winner take all” game and became the first major league rookie with a go-ahead homer in a Game 7 since FLA Miguel Cabrera in the 2003 NLCS at CHC...Became the second rookie in major league history to hit 3 HR in a World Series, joining NYY Charlie Keller (3) in 1939…recorded at least 1 RBI in Games 3-6 of the World Series and became the first rookie in major league history to do so in four consecutive World Series games.
Appeared in 19 games and made 4 starts, all in center field, over two stints with the Cardinals, his first career major league action...Selected from Triple-A Memphis on Aug 13 and made his major league debut the next night at KC, going 2-for-4 including a bases-loaded, RBI single off Kevin McCarthy in the 7th inning for his first career hit…optioned on Aug 19...Recalled on Sep 3 and remained on the active roster through the end of the season...Appeared in 16 of the Cardinals final 24 games… in addition to 2 starts over that span, was used as a pinch-hitter three times, pinch-runner six times and defensive replacement five times...On Sep 25 at ARI, hit a solo shot off Merrill Kelly in the 6th inning for his first career homer...Combined for 92 games between Double-A Springfield and Memphis, batting .344/.431/.571 (118-for-343) with 15 HR, 53 RBI and 17 SB… his 15 HR tied for 5th among Cardinals minor leaguers…ranked 4th with 44 XBH, 5th with 196 total bases and 7th with 17 SB...Missed the start of the season with a right hand fracture…made his season debut on May 11...Hit for the cycle on July 26 at Oklahoma City (Dodgers)…completed the feat with a 2-run triple in the 5th inning…joined Luke Voit in 2018 and Mark Little in 2000 as the only Memphis players to ever hit for the cycle...Named the Cardinals Minor League Hitter of the Month for both June and July, batting .376/.453/ .600 (77-for-205) over that stretch...Named to the Cardinals Organizational All-Star Team by MLB.com…named a Triple-A All-Star by Baseball America.
Hit .274/.359/.433 (98-for-358) with 12 HR, 49 RBI and 26 SB in 113 games between Memphis and Springfield…spent multiple stints with each club, but rejoined Memphis on Aug 1 and stayed there through season's end…his 26 SB ranked 4th among Cardinals minor leaguers...Hit a grand slam on May 5 vs. Tulsa (Dodgers) in his first game after his transfer to Springfield… went 4-for-4 with 2 HR and 4 RBI on July 18 vs. Northwest Arkansas (Royals)...Played for the World team in the Futures Game in July at Nationals Park…entered in the 7th inning and reached on an error in his only at-bat...Hit .348/.464/.652 (8-for-23) with 2 HR and 7 RBI in the Pacific Coast League postseason, helping Memphis win the league championship...As the cleanup hitter, went 3-for-4 with 2 2B and 2 RBI in a 14-4 win over Durham in the Triple-A National Championship Game...Played 64 games for the Mayos de Navojoa in the Mexican Winter League, batting .292 (76-for260) with 25 2B, 14 HR and 37 RBI...Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 17 prospect in the Cardinals system following the season.
Named a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star. Was starting right fielder for the South squad and went 0-for-3 with a run scored... Honored as Florida State League Player of the Week (6/5-11) batting .333 (6-18) with 3 HR and 7 RBI...Homered in three straight games (6/9-11)...Had a 12-game hitting streak (5/28-6/13) batting .306 (15-49) during the stretch...Ranked among Cardinals minor leaguers in runs (72, 4th), doubles (32, T2nd), triples (4, T9th) and stolen bases (18, 5th)...Played for Navojoa in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. Led the team in home runs (13), doubles (19), hits (64) and runs (41).