Tampa Bay Rays

AL East

Tampa Bay Rays Preview and Predictions 2024

The Tampa Bay Rays are just plain odd.They do things differently They have low payroll each year. They mess with their pitching rotation. They have a TJ surgery doctor likely on speed dial and their fans are not passionate. but they win for the most part.

They lost 8 players to free agency or trade. They traded Tyler Glasnow to the Dodgers. In season, they lost Jeffrey Springs, Drew Rasmussen and Shane McClanahan to elbow injuries. So where do they start? Zach Eflin the top starter and that is concerning for the organization. He has a sinker that produces more ground outs. Adam Civale seems to get it done with stuff that appears subpar. Command is his biggest issue. Zack Littell will get move from long relief to a starter.He throws sliders and sweepers for the most part. Ryan Pepiot comes in th Glasnow trade. He is unique in that is pitches is an elite change up and the rest is a work in progress. command issues have plagued hi in the past. the fifth starter is up in the air. The Rays are known for starting games by committee,

The bullpen but pete Fairbanks is first on the list. Health is his biggest problem. Jason Adam is next out of the pen and his slider is an out pitch. Colin Poche works his slider very well to get outs. The things with the pen is they could get the call to start any day.

On the infield, Yandy diazis at first where he was batting champ n 2023. His offense is a big boost to this line up. Brandon Lowe is at second and he has injury issues every season. Taylor Wells at short has a gold glove caliber but has no bat to help. Isaac Paredes smacked 31 homers but show some dip in hard hit balls. A bright spot is prospect Junior Caminero, he has the tools to move into an infield spot and make some damage.

The outfield usually carries this team with Jose Siri in center. Last year he flexed his muscle for more power and hard hit balls. Rand Arozarena in left oozes potential . He can hit 20 homers or more and steal 20 bases in a season. Josh Lowe mans right field. He is solid all around.

Prospects: Junior Caminero 3B is above average in power and age 20. Carson Williams a shortstop us elite with speed and power. Needs to fan less.

Projections: The Rays finish 4th in the American League East with a 84-78 record.

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