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Wendle returns from right wrist fracture

Infielder plays second, short, singles in first game in nearly 2 months
@juanctoribio
June 15, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- After missing nearly two months with a right wrist fracture, Joey Wendle returned to the Rays' lineup on Friday, when the team activated the infielder from the 10-day injured list. The Rays optioned reliever Hunter Wood to Triple-A Durham to make room on the active roster. Wendle

Rays sign top Draft pick Greg Jones

Shortstop to start at Hudson Valley; Glasnow making progress, while Wendle nears return
@juanctoribio
June 11, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced Tuesday that the club has signed first-round Draft pick Greg Jones. According to MLB.com’s Jim Callis, the Rays signed Jones for $3,027,000, which is the full slot value for the 22nd overall pick in the Draft. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed of since I

Poche takes the long way to Major League debut

Reliever walks a mile to Fenway, impresses Rays with poise
@jessicacamerato
June 8, 2019

BOSTON -- Colin Poche couldn’t wait. The traffic was building up and he had somewhere to be -- a very important place to be. Checking the estimated arrival time, Poche had to make the call. He abandoned his ride and walked a mile … to make his Major League debut.

Rays prospect Honeywell (elbow) out for season

Righty was recovering from Tommy John when he suffered fracture
@jessicacamerato
June 8, 2019

Brent Honeywell, who is the Rays' No. 2-ranked prospect, will miss the rest of the season after suffering a fracture on the inside of his right elbow. Dr. James Andrews will perform surgery in Pensacola, Fla., on Monday, and the club will have a timetable after the surgery. Recovering from

Pitchers, collegiate players dominate Rays' Draft

No. 22 pick Jones one of 36 college players chosen by Tampa Bay
@juanctoribio
June 5, 2019

DETROIT -- Over the first two days of the 2019 Draft, 10 of the Rays' first 12 pick were spent on collegiate players, and that trend continued into the final day on Wednesday. Overall, and not necessarily by design, Tampa Bay drafted 36 college players with its 42 selections. Led

Rays select SS Jones with 22nd overall pick

@juanctoribio
June 4, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- For an organization like the Rays, who rely on drafting and player development as opposed to zeroing in on free agency, the MLB Draft is a key opportunity to continue to add to an already impressive farm system. On Monday, with the 22nd pick in the Draft,

Rays looking to boost a strong system in Draft

@juanctoribio
June 3, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- For a team like the Rays that relies on player development more than the free-agent market, the Draft serves as an important time to continue to stockpile young talent. The 2019 Draft will take place tonight through Wednesday, beginning with tonight's Draft preview show on MLB Network

Prized prospect McKay promoted to Triple-A

May 24, 2019

CLEVELAND -- Former Rays first-round pick and potential dual threat Brendan McKay is now one step away from reaching the Major Leagues. McKay was notified this week that he is being promoted to Triple-A Durham this weekend, setting the stage for him to continue pitching and hitting at the highest

Opener, Snell then Morton to get ball vs. Yanks

@juanctoribio
May 15, 2019

MIAMI -- The Rays set their pitching plans as they look to avenge last weekend's home series loss to the Yankees when they travel to New York for a three-game set this weekend at Yankee Stadium. Tampa Bay will likely have an opener starting on Friday, with Yonny Chirinos scheduled

Duffy (hamstring) plays in rehab game

@juanctoribio
May 15, 2019

MIAMI -- Monday was another step in the right direction for Rays third baseman Matt Duffy, who continues to work through a left hamstring injury that has sidelined him since Spring Training. Duffy, who was moved to the 60-day injured list on Friday, played in a rehab game with Class

Meadows (thumb) targeting Friday for return

@juanctoribio
May 7, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- After missing the past couple of weeks with a fractured right thumb suffered April 20, outfielder Austin Meadows could return to the Rays' lineup as early as Friday against the Yankees. Meadows, who went through a full workout with the Rays at Tropicana Field on Monday, played

Lowe, Alonso named Rookies of the Month

May 2, 2019

The Rays’ Brandon Lowe and the Mets’ Pete Alonso were honored by Major League Baseball on Thursday as the respective American and National League Rookies of the Month for March and April. Lowe, 24, hit just .233 in 43 games with the Rays last season, but he has made a

Rays call up slugging prospect Lowe

@juanctoribio
April 29, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- Nate Lowe was getting ready to head back to his apartment in North Carolina when Triple-A Durham manager Brady Williams delivered the news that Lowe was going to make his Major League debut in Kansas City on Monday. “Sitting on the plane was kind of surreal,” Lowe

5 prospects who could shake up the AL East

@JoeTrezz
April 11, 2019

Last season was a banner year for prospects in the American League East. Could 2019 prove even better? Highly-regarded blue-chippers emerged across the board to make an impact in 2018, from Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar making runs at the AL Rookie of the Year Award in New York, Lourdes

These 5 teams could make impact moves

@castrovince
April 4, 2019

The MLB standings obviously don’t tell us much at this early stage, and neither, really, do the team rosters. Baseball has an inordinate number of games, and with that comes an inordinate amount of turnover between the starting point and the finish line. As Zack Meisel of The Athletic recently

Starting spots for Rays' Top 30 Prospects

@GoldenSombrero
April 3, 2019

With the 2019 Minor League Baseball season getting underway, here's a look at where the Rays Top 30 prospects are starting the year. We also identify the prospect who just missed the Top 30 list, a player who didn't make the big league Opening Day roster but should make an

Rays set rosters for Minor League affiliates

@juanctoribio
April 1, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- With the Minor League season set to get started Thursday, the Rays announced their Minor League rosters on Monday. Here’s how the rosters shape up: Triple-A Durham The Bulls' roster is highlighted by pitchers who could appear with the big league club. Oliver Drake, Jacob Faria, Andrew

Here's a look at the Rays' farm system

@JonathanMayo
March 25, 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- At various times in the Rays' two decades of existence, they have had a reputation of having a strong farm system, with most of their success coming from homegrown talent over the years. The farm system has produced players like Evan Longoria, David Price, Carl Crawford

Liberatore poised to move quickly up system

@JonathanMayo
March 25, 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- When Cardinals third-base prospect Nolan Gorman homered in a big league Spring Training game on March 16, no one was more excited than Rays left-handed pitching prospect Matthew Liberatore. Liberatore, the Rays’ first-round pick last June and their No. 5 prospect per MLB Pipeline, knows all

Inbox: Mize vs. Wright,  Franco vs. Adell

@JimCallisMLB
March 21, 2019

This is my last Pipeline Inbox before Opening Day, so it's time to get my 2019 predictions on the record ... AL Division Winners: Red Sox, Indians, Astros AL Wild Cards: Yankees, Twins NL Division Winners: Nationals, Cubs, Dodgers NL Wild Cards: Brewers, Mets AL Championship Series: Astros over Red

Why Lowe's extension makes sense for Rays

@juanctoribio
March 20, 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- By signing a six-year, $24 million deal on Wednesday, Brandon Lowe became just the fourth players in Rays history to sign a long-term extension with less than a year of Major League service time, joining Evan Longoria, Matt Moore and Chris Archer. The decision to extend

Honeywell throws batting practice, feels good

Rays' 2014 Draft pick missed all of '18 due to Tommy John surgery
@juanctoribio
March 15, 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Brent Honeywell knows he can’t get ahead of himself during his rehab, but he’s starting to feel how close he is to returning to game action. “I feel the aspects of the game getting back in the body a little bit,” Honeywell said Friday. “But I

Rays begin making roster moves

Top prospects Honeywell, Sanchez headed to Minors to start season
@juanctoribio
March 9, 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Over the next couple of days, the Rays will look to trim their Spring Training squad. On Saturday, the club announced the first batch of reassignments, reducing the roster from 67 to 57 players. Christian Arroyo, Ian Gibaut, Brent Honeywell Jr., Joe McCarthy and Jesus Sanchez,

Brujan honors father with big league ambition

After his dad's untimely passing, Rays prospect out to fulfill promise
@juanctoribio
March 6, 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- In 2017, Vidal Brujan’s father was diagnosed with a stomach illness that didn’t allow him to consume high intakes of grease. After the diagnostic, Brujan urged his father to make the drive to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in order to get the proper medication to treat

Rays taking new approach with 2-way prospect

@juanctoribio
March 4, 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Rays and Brendan McKay will be trying out something new this season, as they continue to look for the best way to develop the two-way player through the Minor Leagues. McKay will continue to be a two-way player for Tampa Bay, but his schedule will