MiLB: MAY 30 Charlotte Stone Crabs at Dunedin Blue JaysThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Leslie Anderson. Two more hits for Anderson, who is now 7-13 early on. Of course, this is only going to make the Anderson fans that much louder. But in reality, Anderson is just like the back-up quarterback. He looks great in the preseason. And when things go bad with the starter, Anderson is going to look great over there on the sideline holding that clipboard. But there are reasons Anderson hasn’t gotten a shot yet. If he has improved, that’s great. But at this point, he is nothing more than a fire extinguisher with a sign on his locker that reads “In Case Of Emergency Break Glass”…Evan Longoria. On the other hand, two more hits for Longoria is something to get excited about…James Loney. Loney was 1-2 and is now 3-9 in the spring. I bring this up because we are all assuming the first base job is his. But Shelley Duncan (2-9) is getting almost as much playing time at first base early on. Is this a competition? Are the Rays just trying to see if Duncan is worth keeping around? Are we heading towards a platoon? This is definitely something to keep a closer eye on.

THE BAD: Sean Rodriguez. If Shelley Duncan is a legit threat to make this team, Sean Rodriguez should probably be worried as his right-handed bat would suddenly become even less important. And so far, Hot Rod is 0-9 with 3 Ks, no walks, and was given yesterday off. Was it a scheduled day off, or did he already need a day to clear his head from pushing too hard?

THE TELLING: The entire Rays bullpen will make approx. $11 million this season. That is less than Rafael Soriano ($14M) and Jonathan Papelbon ($13M)... Jonny Gomes, who signed a 2-year, $10 million contract with the Red Sox this winter, hit 21 home runs as rookie with the Devil Rays in 2005. That is still his career-high.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Joe Maddon sat down with Tim Kurkjian of ESPN to discuss a number of topics (see video below). But maybe the best quote of the 6 minute clip is when Maddon is discussing Wil Myers: “He hasn’t read a book since high school, so we’re gonna change that.”
  • If you are looking for a Ray of Hope that might keep David Price with the Rays long-term, there is this quote from Price: “I hear we have a new TV deal coming up…Hopefully, there’s a new stadium in the works. And that all increases revenues. So I know there’s a way. There absolutely is a way. So if we can figure that way out, that would be great.” The problem is, it is unlikely that any of that is resolved in time to keep Price here. But if you are looking for a straw to grasp, that’s it. [ESPN]
  • How in the world did the Padres have an archery competition before the Rays? [LobShots]
  • David Price’s drink of choice from Starbucks is apparently a Venti Iced Caramel Macchiato, No-Whip, Extra Caramel. I have no idea what that means, but it comes from a post on SportsOnEarth in which Price discusses his new-found fame. [SportsOnEarth]
  • Fernando Rodney spoke with the Washington Post about trying to replicate his incredible 2012 season. [Washington Post]
  • Wil Myers is just one of the top prospects in baseball that won’t start the season in the big leagues. [BaseballNewsSource]

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11 Comments

  1. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    Prof-

    That article on Myers makes a point of the fact that he’s learning a new position, then parenthetically annotates that it’s right field… am I missing something or are they incorrect? I was under the assumption that he was slated for left field.

    • chris says:

      Mr. Smith, Wil Myers is slated to take over in RF. It’s the premiere defensive position of the two corners, & I guess he has enough arm to pull it off (coming from catcher)…

      • Mr.Smith 1980 says:

        Thanks, I don’t know why, but for some reason I was thinking he was earmarked for left…

        maybe it had to do with my subconscious longing for Joyce to be a superstar RF’er

  2. Gus says:

    One More Louder for Mr. Anderson, who I and a few others have been calling to get a shot it this space for a long time.

    “There are reasons.” If there are, I’ve never heard anybody in the organization artiuclate them.

    He is Cuban. He is older. Nobody has a good metric for those types of players. But he has earned a shot to at least compete for a big league job with that bat. He may be fool’s gold, but we’ll never know if he’s stuck in the minors forever. They spent a few million $ on him, let’s see if he can play. We pretty much know what Loney-Cust-Scott can and can’t do. His at bats are coming out of nobody else’s at bats.

    This is the year for the Rays to win the World Series. They will need to find some offense from somewhere. Anderson seems like a logical place to start.

    • Cork Gaines says:

      From what I understand, he has a slow bat, a trait that is common among “4-A” players.

      • Bill says:

        Not disagreeing with you, Cork, but I do agree with Gus. Never heard a quote from the organization saying what Anderson needs to work on or anything like that. Would be nice to heard something. There was a short window of hype when they first signed him. Took a year or more for him to start hitting at the minor league level. But now that he is, nothing. It’s like he doesn’t exist. That leads me to believe you and others are right, that he’s not a legitimate option. But the silence about him is deafening.

        • Cork Gaines says:

          Well, saying a prospect needs to work on “consistency” or similar is different than saying he has a slow bat. The latter is actually a flaw that the Rays are hoping nobody else notices and may not be something that can be fixed. It would be like saying they like a pitcher but he needs to throw his fastball in the mid 90s instead of the mid 80s.

          • Bill says:

            Good point. Never thought about the hoping others don’t notice perspective. Just because he’s not a legit option for us at the major league level doesn’t mean he isn’t an option to include him as a key component in a trade.

  3. KT says:

    “Qua-toon” Haha, I like it. If it works.

  4. Don says:

    They over- payed Scott/Loney/Roberts (remember Pena/Scott/Matsui) types once again so they are going to get all the chance they need to make management look good,no matter how many wins it costs…Anderson/Duncan ($1mil players) types will need a disaster to get playing time….. or Friedman looks the fool..Maddon won’t stand for that…Rodriquez could play for his Dad…..maybe

    • Bill says:

      And yet both Anderson and Duncan are both second in ABs this Spring behind only Zobrist, who was getting all he could before leaving for the WBC. Hmmmmm….

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