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Playing A Little Pepper

The Rays organization lost another catcher when Nevin Ashley broke his hand at triple-A. Do the Rays need to make a move?

With Jose Lobaton and Robinson Chirinos already on the DL, the Rays are down Chris Gimenez (good D, bad bat), Stephen Vogt (good bat, horrible D), and Jose Molina who can only catch 3-4 games a week. Three catchers with experience isn’t the worst thing, but you can bet Andrew Friedman is on the phone…LOOK FOR RAYS TO ADD A TRIPLE-A CATCHER FOR INSURANCE

Lineup…

  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  3. Carlos Pena, 1B
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. Luke Scott, DH
  6. Matt Joyce, RF
  7. Brandon Allen, LF
  8. Elliot Johnson, SS
  9. Jose Molina, C
  10. Jeff Niemann, SP

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12 Comments

  1. Don says:

    How about Jaso he's hitting .308.. oh I forgot we got rid of him, but we got fat boy Molina hitting what .200 and runs like a Dear...

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    • Rob says:

      Jaso is batting .286 --> 4-14 so far. Small sample size if you ask me. With that logic Gimenez batting .350 so far in 20 ABs should be competing for a batting title this year.

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  2. Dave L says:

    Based on what they have done with the 2012 Regular season Rays, I wouldnt characterize Gimenez bat as 'bad'.

    Molinas entire postive 2012 Rays resume consists of nice framing and the high pedigree surname of Molina.

    Other than that - lazy fat tub of goo would characterize most of the rest of his play.

    That brain dead second out walk off allowing a runner to take second un-opposed was the last straw for me.

    He needs to lay off the habichuelas and mofongo and get in shape physically and mentally and be a professional athelete.

    If he keeps this up I wont be surprised if the Rays outright cut him if we can find a reasonable replacement.

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    • Andy says:

      TOTALLY AGREE w Dave L after that brainless gaffe Molina made tonight!!! Glad he finally got charged w/a Passed Ball b/c he's made @ a dozen that haven't been scored as such. Hope the Rays wake up SOON & at least make Gimenez the regular until the find someone else!!!

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  3. KillaTapes says:

    I've been impressed with gimenez' bat and his defense behind the plate. Not sure if it'll last, but it sure doesn't give me any reason to want molina back there

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  4. MarkE says:

    Molina seems to have lost his competitiveness. He seems to not care. It's shocking to discover that the individual calling pitches for a major league baseball team doesn't even keep track of the outs. Along with many other variables, the number of outs SHOULD be important to your pitch selection. So it would appear that, at least last night, Molina is just on autopilot and collecting a paycheck off of his long-gone resume and family name.

    Gimenez is not going to continue to hit .350, but you really can't label him a good or "bad bat" until at least mid-season. And when his offensive stats are scrutinized, I wonder if he will get the same free-pass from all of the Pena and Shoppach apologists who happily ignored the sub .200 averages and constant strikeouts year after year. No, he's not a power bat, but the Rays desperately needed someone to get the man in or get on base, and he's done that -- so far. Put it this way, if his BA ends up leveling off at 100 points lower than what it is right now (once Shelton's exposure takes affect), he's still hitting .75 higher than what we're used to.

    Gimenez's defense has been better than we're used to behind the plate. Who knows how many runs were saved when he recovered that wild pitch Friday night. Everyone is giving Wade Davis the credit for that out, but picture it having been Molina behind the dish on that play. That was a huge out in that situation and God knows how many more runs would've scored given an extra out in that inning.

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    • Beth says:

      I agree! I can't imagine Maddon or the pitchers feel Molina's "framing" skills, at this point, compensate for his poor performance in just about every other aspect of the game.

      Am I dreaming, or didn't this Molina throw out something like four Rays base stealers last year while playing for Toronto?

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  5. Cheddar says:

    Nothing is more grating to me than to know that the number 1 pick in all of baseball in 2008 is in Triple A, and the Rays had the chance to draft Buster Posey that same year.

    Tim Beckham is no Posey.

    Posey is currently hitting .354 with 4 HRs, 9 RBIs and an OBP of .408, was the 2010 ROY.

    Imagine if Posey was behind the plate for these Rays. We'd be an exponentially better team, more hits out of that spot in the lineup would mean more runs. Plus, he'd be an everyday catcher for $617,000 a year.

    Not drafting Posey, IMO, a horrible move by the Rays front office.

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    • Dave L says:

      Three other teams passed on him as well.

      MLB Drafts are the biggest crapshoots of all. Go check any first rounds of the past 20 years and you will see way more busts than all stars.

      I think the Rays Dominican and Venezuelan investments will benefit the Rays in the future more than the drafts.

      Hindsight is certainly 20/20 as always

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      • don says:

        Rays admitted in the media they were going for "the Best Athlete" not baseball player...well I don't think Posey can out run Beckham, but Becham is not 25% The BASEBALL player posey is, even at that stage of their careers the Rays have got to be able to see that, also NEED filling was totally neglected (as they have done his year), plus I think the Rays had to pay Posey more...ALL the wrong reasons to pass on a player which would have made The Rays a much better baseball team...but AF & Co are geniuses, ask the media or them...

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        • Dave L says:

          Beckham is also 3 years younger. At his age Posey was in AAA as well. The final chapter on Beckham hasnt been written yet.

          Look im not saying in hindsight Posey would have been a better pick. The Rays at that time were not going to pay Posey the highest signing bonus in history which he got from the Giants.

          This is such old news I am sorry I even got involved.

          So they built this team on the cheap. Overall the results since AF took over have been great. Not perfect of course.

          Some fans prefer to focus on the negative. Thats not me. When we are in first place in the end of May the last thing on my mind is the 2008 draft and the what if game.

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        • Rob says:

          Have to agree with you this time Don. I remember questioning why they took Beckham over Posey the day they did it. Catcher is the most difficult position to fill and when you have a chance to do it with a college-experienced pick from a nationally ranked program like FSU, you have to do it. Besides, Buster Posey is just an awesome baseball name. Beckham sounds like a soccer player.

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