Playing A Little Pepper

The Rays’ magic number is now 8…Several roster moves to get everybody caught up. In addition to Jeff Beliveau, who was called up on Saturday to help in the bullpen, Enny Romero has been promoted today and will start. This will be the big league debut for the prospect. The lefty, who was 8th in our Meta-Analysis of top prospects, split most of the season at double-A Montgomery but did start the final regular season game for triple-A Durham. In 28 starts he posted a 2.61 ERA with 112 strikeouts and 75 walks in 148.1 innings. While he has most certainly pitching in instructional league games, he hasn’t pitched in a regulation game since Sept. 2. Also, the Rays also traded lefty minor leaguer Frank De Los Santos to the White Sox for either cash or a player to be named later. De Los Santos was on the 40-man roster, so that cleared up a spot for the Rays to promote JD Martin. The International League’s Pitcher of the Year was signed by the Rays prior to the season as a minor league free agent. He made 24 starts for the Nationals in 2009 and 2010. This year he was 16-4 with a 2.75 ERA and 116 strikeouts with just 26 walks in 160.1 innings. The Rays’ active roster now has 37 players. Ignoring the five players on the 60-day DL (they don’t count towards 40-man roster total) the only players on the 40-man roster that are not with the Rays now are pitcher Mike Montgomery (didn’t pitch in AAA playoffs, so might be hurt), Hak-Ju Lee (injured), and single-A pitcher Felipe Rivero. Including the 60-day DL guys, the Rays now have 45 players on their 40-man roster, which means they are going to have to make a lot of cuts this winter depending on how many free agents they let walk (they have a lot).

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

  1. David DeJesus, LF
  2. Flash Jennings, CF
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. Matt Joyce, DH
  6. Wil Myers, RF
  7. James Loney, 1B
  8. Jose Lobaton, C
  9. Yunel Escobar, SS
  10. Enny Romero, SP
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