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2-way McKay preps hitting prior to Pads series

August 11, 2019

SEATTLE -- The Rays’ two-way experiment with left-hander Brendan McKay will get a jolt of hitting progression when the club visits a National League park this week in San Diego. McKay’s hitting has taken somewhat of a back seat since he was recalled on July 31 to contribute Major League

Franco relishes Futures Game experience

July 7, 2019

CLEVELAND -- As he answered a FaceTime call about an hour before taking the field for batting practice, Wander Franco stood in a hallway near the American League clubhouse at Progressive Field. On the nearby television, Franco watched the High School Home Run Derby, which had a field filled with

Rays place Stanek on IL, option prospect McKay

Right-hander Wood recalled; righty Roe activated from injured list
July 5, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays' bullpen took another blow Saturday, as the team placed right-hander Ryne Stanek on the 10-day injured list with right hip soreness. Stanek, who leads the team with 41 appearances (27 of them starts), has been one of Tampa Bay's most consistent options this season. Despite

Rays to sign int’l prospects Pena, De La Cruz

July 2, 2019

The Rays are expected to sign close to 20 prospects during the international signing period, highlighted by center fielder Jose Pena and infielder Wilmer De La Cruz. The diverse group of signees features players with several different types of profiles and is primarily made up of shortstops and projectable pitching.

After stellar mound debut, McKay hitless as DH

July 1, 2019

Rays two-way rookie Brendan McKay made his debut as a hitter against the Orioles on Monday night in Tampa Bay, in the starting lineup as the designated hitter and batting eighth. McKay finished 0-for-4, hitting the ball on the ground each time in the Rays' 6-3 win over Baltimore. With

Cool, calm, nearly perfect: McKay wows in debut

Rays top pitching prospect takes perfect game into 6th in first Major League start
June 29, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- Before Saturday’s game, Brendan McKay sat in the home clubhouse by his locker, which is conveniently located between those of Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow. The highly touted left-hander checked his phone and appeared calm, just three hours before taking the mound for the first time in

Rays call up McKay for Major League debut

Club's top pitching prospect has 1.22 ERA in Minors this year
June 29, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- Brendan McKay was standing in the Rays’ clubhouse on Friday night, his nameplate on his locker and his No. 49 uniform hanging below it. Tampa Bay’s top pitching prospect was surrounded by what fellow pitcher Blake Snell called “the most media I’ve ever seen in here,” fielding

What to expect from McKay in his first callup

June 28, 2019

One of the top pitching prospects in baseball is set to make his Major League debut after the Rays announced on Friday afternoon that they would promote left-hander Brendan McKay from Triple-A Durham to start Saturday’s game against the Rangers at Tropicana Field. The Rays’ decision to call up McKay

Franco headlines Rays' trio in Futures Game

Top prospect joined by McKay, Hernandez for July 7 event
June 28, 2019

The Rays will be well-represented in the SiriusXM All-Star 2019 Futures Game in Cleveland as Wander Franco, Brendan McKay and Ronaldo Hernandez were all selected to participate in the event. Tampa Bay is one of four organizations with three representatives in the July 7 game. Franco, who signed for $3.85

Glasnow (forearm) shut down for three weeks

Righty experienced discomfort throwing over weekend
June 25, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tyler Glasnow won’t be back with the Rays when he is eligible to come off the 60-day injured list on July 10. The club's initial hope was for Glasnow to rejoin the team after the All-Star break, which is when the right-hander would become eligible to come off

Here are some future All-Stars from AL East

June 20, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- As the influx of young super-talent mingles with its veteran counterpart across the country, many teams this season have developed exciting storylines regardless of win/loss record. In the American League East, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. burst on the scene in Toronto and Nate Lowe has helped the Rays

Wendle returns from right wrist fracture

Infielder plays second, short, singles in first game in nearly 2 months
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
June 11, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced Tuesday that the club has signed first-round Draft pick Greg Jones. According to’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
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
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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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