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Rays Spring Training FAQs, important dates

@juanctoribio
February 10, 2020

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Pitchers and catchers aren’t required to report until Wednesday, but the Rays had close to 30 players attend an optional workout at Charlotte Sports Park on Monday. Tyler Glasnow, Willy Adames, Nick Anderson, José Martínez, Yonny Chirinos, Ryan Yarbrough, Diego Castillo and José Alvarado were among

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Pitchers and catchers aren’t required to report until Wednesday, but the Rays had close to 30 players attend an optional workout at Charlotte Sports Park on Monday.

Tyler Glasnow, Willy Adames, Nick Anderson, José Martínez, Yonny Chirinos, Ryan Yarbrough, Diego Castillo and José Alvarado were among the players who attended Monday’s workout, each throwing a bullpen session. In the back fields, No. 1 prospect Wander Franco, Moises Gomez and 2019 first-round Draft pick Greg Jones were all taking batting practice.

“If you see the last couple of years, this team has been good,” Martínez said. “We have great pitching, that’s not a surprise and everybody knows that. The thing is just going out there and doing the same, try to stay together and just have fun. That’s the main goal.”

By the end of the week, the Rays are expecting most of the players to have arrived at camp. Austin Meadows is expected on Sunday, while Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, who was unable to attend Saturday’s Fan Fest due to a visa issue, could arrive within the next couple of days.

Pitchers and catchers report date
Wednesday, Feb. 12

First pitchers and catchers workout
Thursday, Feb. 13

Full squad report date
Monday, Feb. 17

First full-squad workout
Tuesday, Feb. 18

New faces to know
OF Yoshitomo Tsutsugo
OF Hunter Renfroe
1B/OF Brian O’Grady
1B/OF José Martínez
OF Randy Arozarena

Top prospects to know
SS Wander Franco, No. 1 overall prospect, according to MLB Pipeline
2B Vidal Brujan, No. 45 overall prospect
2B/SS Xavier Edwards, No. 72 overall prospect
RHP Shane Baz, No. 90 overall prospect
RHP Brent Honeywell, No. 91 overall prospect
C Ronaldo Hernandez
LHP Shane McClanahan
OF Josh Lowe

Where is the facility?
The Rays play their spring home games at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte.

Can fans attend workouts?
Fans can attend the open workouts, which run from Feb. 13-21. Gates typically open around 11 a.m. ET, but they will open at 10:30 a.m. from Feb. 14-16. Fans can attend the workouts for free. Parking areas will be similar to game days at Charlotte Sports Park.

First game
The Rays open Grapefruit League play on Saturday, Feb. 22 vs. the Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. ET at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Fla.

First TV game
Feb. 23 vs. the Yankees at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Sun.

One other notable game
Feb. 28 vs. the Nationals at 1:05 p.m. ET. It’s the Rays’ first trip to FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches since the stadium opened in 2017.

Last Grapefruit League game
March 23 vs. the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. ET at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla.

Any additional exhibitions before the regular season?
March 24 at Tropicana Field vs. Rays Futures at 12:35 p.m. ET. The matchup will feature some of the organization's top prospects.

Opening Day
The Rays open the 2020 season on March 26 at 4:10 p.m. ET vs. the Pirates at Tropicana Field.

Juan Toribio covers the Rays for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @juanctoribio.