Below is a look at all the playing time that has been logged by the Rays during Spring Training. We will update this list every few days. The amount of playing time the players receive and when that playing time is logged, gives us some insight into what Joe Maddon is thinking as we head towards the regular season.

Playing time is broken down to the early innings (1-5) and the later innings (6+). This is important because playing time early in the game means the player is more likely to face big league competition (players in bold are projected for the opening day roster; players in grey have been reassigned to minor league camp)…

 

Notes on the table…

  • Dan Johnson is starting to get a bit more of the primetime playing time at first base. That could be an indication that Joe Maddon is leaning towards The Great Pumpkin and is trying to get him ready for the regular season.
  • Ben Zobrist has primarily played second base this spring. That is good news for Matt Joyce and not-s0-good for Sean Rodriguez. Rodriguez may be limited to starts versus lefties, unless he sees regular time at SS.
  • Elliot Johnson is getting a lot of playing time at both 2B and SS. He even started in CF yesterday. At this point he still has a slight edge over Felipe Lopez for the final bench spot.
  • Barring something unforeseen, Sam Fuld is the 4th OF. Maddon has even worked him in at CF a few times recently.
  • A little interesting to see how much playing time Kelly Shoppach is getting compared to John Jaso. Maybe Maddon is trying to limit Jaso’s work to keep his legs fresh. Maybe Maddon is trying to get Shoppach’s bat going. Or maybe Shoppach will get occasional starts versus righties.
  • The bullpen is just about set. Two the last three spots look like they are going to be given to Joe Cruz, Rob Delaney or Cory Wade. Jake McGee finally looks like he will crash that party .
 
 

11 Comments

  1. Ddp118 says:

    Maybe Elliot Johnson got time in cf yesterday to see if he could fulfill the role of Sam Fuld AND utility infielder, making room for kotchman? Kotchman has performed well this spring, on paper anyway… I’d personally like to see Fuld make the team, but just a thought…

    • Cork Gaines says:

      It is certainly interesting that both Fuld and Johnson are working in CF. Maybe Maddon is leaving his options open. He might also be trying to figure out who is the better center fielder when he needs one during the regular season. But yes, your scenario is certainly possible.

      • ddp118 says:

        i don’t think there’s any question about who’s the better center fielder… have you ever seen Sam Fuld play? But because Fuld wont likely get many starts if he makes the team, maybe Maddon wants to see if he can get away with using Elliot Johnson instead. Hopefully the organization hasn’t been fooled by Kotchman’s spring numbers, as Scot suggests

    • Scot says:

      Kotchman may be hitting well, but the Rays don’t fall for small sample size numbers. Historically Kotchman is a net negative. My prediction: Kotchman is the new Dan Johnson for the Durham Bulls for 2011.

      Prof – this is really interesting information. It is this type of data that makes people continue to visit your blog.

  2. werD says:

    I cant help but think Wade’s shoulder is still a concern. I would almost keep Cabral on the roster for a few weeks w/ Wade, and see what shakes out. You might have to designate Delaney, but it just seems like 6-2, 200lbs middle relief rightites are a dime a dozen. If wade works out, and the Cabral Rule V experiment does not (or vice versa), you’d still have Swindle/ McGee/ Ekstrom to fall back on.

    Just remember, everything changes come May 1st-ish, so one of these guys who just earned a spot on the 25man is going away. If last season is any indication, Sonny better not start off slow…

  3. Joe says:

    Cruz. McGee and Wade are the 3 I would take but I am thinking we carry McGee, Ramos/Swindle and Wade.

    Maddon is so set on making Benoit 2.0, he will send Cruz to AAA and he needs his loogy.

  4. Jamie says:

    Really glad to see Elliot Johnson’s name in bold. Hope that holds up, though it’d be bittersweet not to get to see him in Durham anymore.

  5. Joe says:

    Rotation has been set. The 5 guys have been obvious since before spring but the order has a bit of a surprise in it, Wade Davis is the #3 and Jeff Neimann is the #4

  6. phil says:

    McGee should make it after the 2 innings we threw yesterday against the Yankees

  7. Hans says:

    Ekstrom play bad, real bad = Tripple A.. I like Cruz = Benoit 2.0

  8. Joe says:

    I think 2 open spots, both should be lefties. Maddon basically said Cruz will make the team.

    Go McGee! I want Wade but I am thinking Ramos is the last spot.

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