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 .