Devil Rays (66-96)
Don’t look now but Elijah Dukes is playing baseball and hitting home runs.
DEVIL RAYS WEBTOPIA…
- Evan Longoria and Justin Ruggiano have begun play with Team USA. Before heading to the World Cup in Chinese Taipei, Team USA is playing warm-up games against the rest of the Arizona Fall League. Longoria batted 3rd and played 3rd and went 1-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts in the first game. Ruggiano was 1-4 with an RBI. In the 2nd game, Longoria DH’d and hit clean-up going 1-4 with an RBI and 2 strike outs. Ruggiano was 0-3 with a walk.
- Evan Longoria and Reid Brignac in the Arizona Fall League are not the only big name Devil Rays playing baseball right now. In the Dominican Winter League, Elijah Dukes is trying to put his troubled past behind him and trying once again to show why he is considered one of the most talented prospects in baseball. He is off to a hot start. Before Sunday’s game, he was 8-21 with 5 extra-base hits and 4 walks. [Rotoworld]
- Bugs & Cranks is rooting for Elijah Dukes and reviews his first week in the Dominican Winter League. [Bugs & Cranks]
- In their second installment of “The Redemption of Elijah Dukes”, Bugs & Cranks provides us with the above video as well as a second video of an RBI single by Elijah Dukes. [Bugs & Cranks]
- John Romano compares the Colorado Rockies path to success to the path that the Devil Rays are currently on. Yes, there are a lot of similarities, but the notion that the Rockies invented the idea of building a successful low payroll team through drafting and developing young talent is a stretch. Yes, they are team du jour but plenty of teams have used this method long before the Rockies employed it and several of those teams have enjoyed the same level of success. That is, playoffs. No titles. [tampabay.com]
- We are not sure why Marc Topkin feels the need to compare that Rays to the success of other “low-payroll” teams. Those teams (Cleveland, Colorado and Arizona) all had a 2007 payroll of approximately twice the Rays payroll. They may be in the lower third of the league in terms of payroll, but that does not mean the Rays are in the same league. [tampabay.com]
- Baseball Prospectus includes the Devil Rays bullpen as one of the 10 most disgraceful performances of 2007. Considering the bullpen ranked as the worst bullpen of all time in several categories, one could argue that they should be #1. [Baseball Prospectus]