Rays Spring Training Roster Preview

Posted: February 5, 2011 in AL East, Bullpen, Free Agent, Minors, Rays, Spring Training

I make my annual trip to Tampa at the end of this month. I will get to catch the Rays in some game action when they visit Bradenton to play the Pirates for the second spring game of the year.

Here are some bullet points as we head into the 2011 season:

Q1: What will Joe Maddon try to accomplish this spring training ?

In Joe Maddon‘s first year without Carl Crawford in the everyday lineup, the main thing he will try to do is integrate veterans Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon with the existing group of young players. The clubhouse dynamic over the course of the season will be a work in progress, and Maddon will sure hopes these  veteran players can be counted on for leadership.

Q2: What is the most compelling spring training competition?

The biggest competition going into camp is for the job of closer. It would appear  Kyle Farnsworth has the edge for the position. However, Jake McGee and Adam Russell will battle to state their claim on the role since their is no clearcut favorite.

Q3: What is the most likely Opening Day lineup?

left field; Johnny Damon, right field; Ben Zobrist, third base: Evan Longoria designated hitter; Manny Ramirez, first base; Dan Johnson, center fielder; B.J. Upton, second base; Sean Rodriguez, catcher; John Jaso, shortstop; Reid Brignac.

The Rays Spring Training roster as we know today:

Pos





C Jsao Shoppach R. Chirnos Lobaton Ashley Albernaz Vogt
1B D. Johnson Kotchman L. Anderson R. Cranzler
2B S. Rodriguez E. Johnson Mayora

SS Brignac F. Lopez Olmedo

3B Longoria
 




LF J. Damon Jennings


CF B.J. Upton Fuld Guyer


RF Zobrist C. Carter Ruggiano

DH M. Ramirez Joyce


SP D. Price  


A. Leary R. Orta
SP J. Shields
C. Figueora J. Bayliss
SP Niemann
Richar De los Santos B. Baker
SP W. Davis
Cobb

SP Hellickson
Dane De La Rosa

RP Farnsworth Eckstrom Torres

RP Russell B. Gomes Bush


RP Peralta Cabral
Suarez 



RP Delaney Archer R.J. Swindle

RP Sonnanstine Hayhurst

RP J. McGee Cruz



DL J.P. Howell Wade

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Comments
  1. Tom Kowalski says:

    How does Mayora and Olmedo rate over J J Furmaniak on the Depth Chart

  2. Mike says:

    While in Tampa you need to catch the #1 ranked Gators take on the Noles March 1st at Steinbrenner Field! Go Gators!

  3. davidbloom says:

    I saw J J Furmaniak play in Spring Training last year. The guy can rake at time. I guess a AAAA player. Good catch

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