Tampa Bay Rays minor league players

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Below is a partial list of minor league baseball players in the Tampa Bay Rays system:

Vidal Bruján[edit]

Vidal Bruján
Tampa Bay Rays
Second baseman
Born: (1998-02-09) February 9, 1998 (age 21)
San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Vidal Bruján (born February 9, 1998) is a Dominican professional baseball second baseman in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Bruján signed with the Tampa Bay Rays as an international free agent in October 2014.[1][2] He made his professional debut in 2015 with the Dominican Summer League Rays, batting .301 with two home runs, twenty RBIs, and 22 stolen bases in sixty games. He split 2016 with the Gulf Coast Rays and Hudson Valley Renegades, hitting a combined .271 with one home run and eight RBIs in 51 games, and played 2017 with Hudson Valley where he batted .285 with three home runs, twenty RBIs, and 16 stolen bases in 67 games.

Bruján played 2018 with the Bowling Green Hot Rods and Charlotte Stone Crabs[3][4] where he slashed a combined .320/.403/.459 with nine home runs, 53 RBIs, and 55 stolen bases in 122 games between the two clubs.[5] He began 2019 with the Stone Crabs.[6]

Jake Cronenworth[edit]

Jake Cronenworth
Tampa Bay Rays
Shortstop
Born: (1994-01-21) January 21, 1994 (age 25)
St. Clair, Michigan
Bats: Left Throws: Right

Jacob John Cronenworth (born January 21, 1994) is an American professional baseball shortstop in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Cronenworth attended St. Clair High School in St. Clair, Michigan and played college baseball at the University of Michigan.[7] At Michigan, he was an infielder and pitcher. He served as Michigan's closer during his career.[8] Cronenworth was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the seventh round of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft.[9]

Cronenworth made his professional debut with the Hudson Valley Renegades. He played 2016 with the Bowling Green Hot Rods and Charlotte Stone Crabs, 2017 with Charlotte and the Montgomery Biscuits and 2018 with Montgomery and Durham Bulls.[10] Cronenworth started 2019 with Durham.[11] During the season, he pitched in a game for the first time since college.[12]

Lucius Fox[edit]

Lucius Fox
Tampa Bay Rays
Shortstop
Born: (1997-07-02) July 2, 1997 (age 21)
Nassau, Bahamas
Bats: Switch Throws: Right

Lucius Kadeem Fox Jr. (born July 2, 1997) is a Bahamian professional baseball shortstop in the Tampa Bay Rays' organization.

Fox is from Nassau, Bahamas. He lived in the United States for ​2 12 years,[13] during which time he attended American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida. He was declared an international free agent during the 2015 signing period.[14] Fox signed with the Giants, for a reported $6 million signing bonus.[15][16] He spent his first professional season, in 2016, with the Augusta GreenJackets of the Class A South Atlantic League,[17] posting a .207 batting average with two home runs, 16 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in 75 games.

On August 1, 2016, the Giants traded Fox, Matt Duffy, and Michael Santos to the Tampa Bay Rays for Matt Moore.[18] He did not play for the Rays after the trade due to a bone bruise on his foot sustained while playing for Augusta.[19] Fox began the 2017 season with the Bowling Green Hot Rods of the Class A Midwest League. He represented the World Team in the 2017 All-Star Futures Game. After batting .278 with two home runs, 27 RBIs and 27 stolen bases in 77 games for Bowling Green, the Rays promoted Fox to the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League,[20] where he finished the season, batting .235 with one home run and 12 RBIs in 30 games. In 2018, he played for both Charlotte and the Montgomery Biscuits of the Class AA Southern League, slashing .268/.351/.341 with three home runs, 39 RBIs, and 29 stolen bases in 116 total games between the two teams.[21] He returned to Montgomery to begin 2019.[22]

Tyler Frank[edit]

Tyler Frank
Tampa Bay Rays
Second baseman
Born: (1997-01-15) January 15, 1997 (age 22)
Tamarac, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Tyler Joseph Frank (born January 15, 1997) is an American professional baseball shortstop in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Frank graduated from American Heritage School in Delray Beach, Florida. As a senior in 2015, he batted .448 and was named to the Class 4A All-State Team.[23] He was not drafted out of high school in the 2015 MLB draft and he enrolled at Florida Atlantic University to play college baseball for the Owls.

As a freshman at FAU in 2016, Frank batted .285 with one home run, 27 RBIs, and a .401 on-base percentage in 45 games,[24] earning him a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team.[25] In 2017, as a sophomore, Frank started all 57 of FAU's games and batted .336 with 11 home runs, 43 RBIs, and 41 walks.[26] He was named to the All-Conference USA First Team.[27] That summer, he played for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team, making him the first ever FAU player to be named to the team.[28] He also played in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks.[29] In 2018, his junior year, Frank hit .300 with 13 home runs and 35 RBIs in 63 games and was once again named to the All-Conference USA First Team[30] along with being named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.[31]

After his junior year, Frank was drafted in the second round (56th overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2018 MLB draft[32] and he signed for $997,500.[33] He made his professional debut for the Hudson Valley Renegades and spent the whole season there, slashing .288/.425/.412 with two home runs and 22 RBIs in 51 games.[34] Frank began 2019 with the Charlotte Stone Crabs.[35]

Austin Franklin[edit]

Austin Franklin
Tampa Bay Rays
Pitcher
Born: (1997-10-02) October 2, 1997 (age 21)
Laurel Hill, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Austin T. Franklin (born October 2, 1997) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Franklin attended Florala High School in Florala, Alabama as a freshman and a sophomore[36] before transferring to Paxton High School in Paxton, Florida.[37] In 2015, as a junior at Paxton, he pitched to a 6-2 record with 1.51 ERA, striking out 95 batters in 41.2 innings.[38] He signed to play college baseball at Samford University.[39] After his senior year, he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the third round (90th overall) of the 2016 MLB draft.[40] He signed with the Rays for $600,000[41] and made his professional debut with the GCL Rays, pitching to a 1-2 record with a 2.70 ERA in 11 games (nine starts).[42]

Franklin spent 2017 with the Hudson Valley Renegades,[43] going 4-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 13 starts,[44] and 2018 with the Bowling Green Hot Rods[45] where he went 6-5 with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in 16 games (15 starts).[46]

Kevin Gadea[edit]

Kevin Gadea
Tampa Bay Rays
Pitcher
Born: (1994-12-06) December 6, 1994 (age 24)
Esteli, Nicaragua
Bats: Switch Throws: Right

Kevin Joel Gadea Ortega (born December 6, 1994) is a Nicaraguan professional baseball pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Gadea signed with the Seattle Mariners as an international free agent in 2012.[47] He made his professional debut in 2013 with the VSL Mariners where he was 9-1 with a 2.65 ERA in 14 starts. He pitched only 9.1 innings in 2014. In 2015, he played for the DSL Mariners where he compiled a 4-4 record with a 2.25 ERA in 13 starts, and in 2016, he pitched for the AZL Mariners and the Clinton LumberKings, posting a combined 4-1 record and 2.36 ERA in 15 games (eight starts) between the two clubs.[48]

Gadea was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2016 Rule 5 draft.[49] He did not pitch in 2017 due to an elbow injury[50] and he missed all of 2018 as well.

Ian Gardeck[edit]

Ian Gardeck
Tampa Bay Rays
Pitcher
Born: (1990-11-21) November 21, 1990 (age 28)
Park Ridge, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Ian James Gardeck (born November 21, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Gardeck graduated from Crystal Lake South High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois.[51] He began his college baseball career at the University of Dayton, before transferring to Angelina College for his sophomore year.[52] The Chicago White Sox selected Gardeck in the eighth round, with the 261st overall selection, of the 2011 MLB draft, but Gardeck instead transferred to the University of Alabama to continue his college career. The San Francisco Giants selected him in the 16th round of the 2012 MLB draft,[53] and he signed with the Giants.

After the 2015 season, the Giants added Gardeck to their 40-man roster.[54]

At the 2018 Winter Meetings, the Tampa Bay Rays selected Gardeck from the Giants in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.[55]

He was assigned to Double-A Montgomery and placed on the injured list to start the 2019 season.


Ian Gibaut[edit]

Ian Gibaut
IamGibaut.jpeg
Gibaut posing for pictures with the Durham Bulls
Tampa Bay Rays
Pitcher
Born: (1993-11-19) November 19, 1993 (age 25)
Houston, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Ian Philip Gibaut (born November 19, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Gibaut attended Lamar High School in Houston, Texas and played college baseball at Tulane University.[56][57] He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 11th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.[58]

Gibaut made his professional debut with the Princeton Rays and spent all of 2015 there, going 3-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 29.2 innings pitched in relief. In 2016, he pitched for the Bowling Green Hot Rods and Charlotte Stone Crabs where he compiled a combined 2-2 record, 2.53 ERA, and 1.25 WHIP in 57 total innings pitched, and in 2017 he pitched with Charlotte and the Montgomery Biscuits where was 7-1 with a 2.21 ERA in 48 combined relief appearances between the two teams.[59] Gibaut spent 2018 with the Durham Bulls, going 4-3 with a 2.09 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP, striking out 75 batters in 56 relief innings pitched.[60]

The Rays added Gibaut to their 40-man roster after the 2018 season.[61] He began 2019 on the injured list with Durham.[62]

Tristan Gray[edit]

Tristan Gray
Tampa Bay Rays
Second baseman
Born: (1996-03-22) March 22, 1996 (age 23)
Houston, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Right

Tristan Colby Gray (born March 22, 1996) is an American professional baseball second baseman in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Gray graduated from Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas in 2014. As a senior, he batted .456 with 12 doubles and 23 RBIs.[63] He was selected by the New York Mets in the 37th round of the 2014 MLB draft, but did not sign and instead chose to enroll at Rice University where he played college baseball for the Rice Owls.[64]

In 2015, as a freshman at Rice, Gray appeared in 56 games, batting .247 with three home runs and 25 RBIs.[65] As a sophomore in 2016, he missed time at the beginning of the year due to injury, but returned to slash .295/.353/.462 with five home runs and 18 RBIs in 42 games.[66] After the season, he played in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Falmouth Commodores where he was named an All-Star.[67] Gray broke out as a junior in 2017, hitting .313/.399/.540 with eight home runs and 39 RBIs in 47 games. After his junior year, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 13th round of the 2017 MLB draft.[68] He signed and made his professional debut for the West Virginia Black Bears,[69] where he was named a New York-Penn League All-Star.[70] He finished the season batting .269 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs in 53 games.

On February 22, 2018, the Pirates traded Gray, Daniel Hudson, and cash to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Corey Dickerson.[71] He spent the 2018 season with the Charlotte Stone Crabs, compiling a .238 batting average, 13 home runs, and 69 RBIs in 118 games.[72][73] He began 2019 with the Montgomery Biscuits.[74]

Ronaldo Hernández[edit]

Ronaldo Hernández
Tampa Bay Rays
Catcher
Born: (1997-11-11) November 11, 1997 (age 21)
Arjona, Colombia
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Ronaldo José Hernández (born November 11, 1997) is a Colombian professional baseball catcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Hernández signed with the Tampa Bay Rays as an international free agent in August 2014.[75] He made his professional debut in 2015 with the Dominican Summer League Rays, batting .227 in 13 games. He played 2016 with the Dominican Summer League Rays, slashing .340/.406/.485 with six home runs and 35 RBIs in 54 games, and 2017 with the Princeton Rays,[76] hitting .332 with five home runs and forty RBIs in 54 games.

Hernández played 2018 with the Bowling Green Hot Rods where he hit .284/.339/.494 with 21 home runs and 49 RBIs in 109 games.[77] After the season, he played in the Arizona Fall League. .[78][79] He began 2019 with the Charlotte Stone Crabs.[80]

Grant Kay[edit]

Grant Kay
Grant-Kay-at-bat.jpg
Kay batting for the Bowling Green Hot Rods in 2015
Tampa Bay Rays – No. 82
Third baseman
Born: (1993-05-29) May 29, 1993 (age 26)
Omaha, Nebraska
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Grant Kay (born May 29, 1993) is a third baseman who plays in the Tampa Bay Rays Minor League system. Listed at 6' 0" (1.83 m), 185 lb. (84 k), Kay bats and throws right handed. He was selected by Tampa Bay in the 27th round of the 2014 MLB draft out of University of Louisville.[81]

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Kay is one of four siblings born into the family of Greg Kay and Dawn Pearsons. An all-around athlete, he lettered in baseball, basketball and football at Ralston High School, where he earned All-State and All-Super State honors as a senior in baseball, was All-Conference basketball selection in both junior and senior seasons, and hit a .500 batting average with 20 home runs and 65 runs batted in as a preparatory senior.[81]

Before Louisville, Kay attended Iowa Western Community College and won a national championship with the IWCC Reivers in 2012, rating as No. 3 prospect in the collegiate summer baseball New England Collegiate Baseball League the same year as a freshman to become the only junior college player named Collegiate Summer Baseball All-American in that season. Besides, he was selected to the First-team All-Conference and All-Region in both freshman and sophomore seasons at Iowa Western, hitting .373 and 13 home runs as a freshman, while driving in 37 runs and scoring 42 times. Unfortunately, a knee injury suffered as a sophomore limited his availability, even though he was rated as one of the top junior college ballplayers in the nation.[81][82]

In 2014, Kay posted a .285 average (59-for-207) with five home runs and 35 RBI as a junior for the Cardinals, including 49 runs, nine doubles and 23 stolen bases in 65 games, en route to their second straight trip to the College World Series.[83] While mulling his eligible options for the MLB Draft, Kay headed to the Cape Cod Baseball League, the premier summer wooden-bat circuit for collegiate players, where he went 14-for-26 (.538) with two homers and four doubles in only six games for the Cotuit Kettleers, and that short stint tipped the scales.[84] He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 27th round of the 2014 MLB Draft and signed.

Kay debuted on July 14, 2014 with the Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York–Penn League, Class A affiliate of the Rays, playing at second base for them while batting fifth in the order. He hit for the cycle in his first professional game, going 5-for-6 with five runs scored and three RBIs, leading the Renegades to a 16–4 victory over the Batavia Muckdogs. Kay hit a three-run home run in his first professional at-bat, following with a double in his third at-bat and singles in his fourth and fifth, before drilling a triple in the eight inning to complete a five-hit, five-run game and a cycle in his first professional contest.[84] In 42 total games for Hudson Valley he slashed .314/.376/.491 with two home runs and 20 RBIs. He spent 2015 with the Bowling Green Hot Rods where he batted .251 with one home run and 31 RBIs in 118 games, and 2016 with the Charlotte Stone Crabs where he posted a .242 batting average with eight home runs and 45 RBIs in 115 games. In 2017, Kay played for both the Durham Bulls and Montgomery Biscuits, compiling a combined .265 batting average with seven home runs and 54 RBIs in 115 total games between both teams.[85] He did not play in 2018 due to injury.

Rollie Lacy[edit]

Rollie Lacy
Tampa Bay Rays
Pitcher
Born: (1995-07-17) July 17, 1995 (age 23)
Minnetrista, Minnesota
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Rollin Lee Lacy (born July 17, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Lacy attended Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, Minnesota,[86] In 2013, as a senior, he did not allow an earned run over 34 innings along with batting .340.[87] Undrafted out of high school, he enrolled at Creighton University, where he played college baseball for the Creighton Bluejays. In 2016, as a redshirt sophomore, he was 9-2 with a 3.15 ERA in 16 starts,[88] and in 2017, as a redshirt junior, he compiled a 5-2 record and 2.54 ERA in 16 starts,[89] earning him a spot on the All-Big East Conference Team.[90] After his junior year, Lacy was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 11th round of the 2017 MLB draft.[91]

Lacy signed with the Cubs and made his professional debut that year with the AZL Cubs before being promoted to the Eugene Emeralds. In 29.1 innings pitched between both teams, he was 1-3 with a 2.45 ERA. Lacy began 2018 with the South Bend Cubs in their bullpen, but quickly moved into their starting rotation. On June 6, he took a no-hitter through seven innings before being taken out of the game. Ben Hecht pitched the last two innings and also did not allow a hit, finishing off South Bend's first no-hitter since 2014.[92] Lacy was named a Midwest League All-Star.[93] He was promoted to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in early July.[94]

On July 27, 2018, the Cubs traded Lacy, Eddie Butler, and Alexander Ovalles to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Cole Hamels.[95] He was assigned to the Down East Wood Ducks and finished the season there. In 24 games (18 starts) between the three clubs, he pitched to a 6-4 record with a 2.97 ERA.[96]

On December 21, 2018, the Rangers traded Lacy to the Rays as part of a three team deal in which the Rays also acquired a competitive balance pick in the 2019 MLB draft, the Athletics acquired Jurickson Profar, and the Texas Rangers acquired Brock Burke, Kyle Bird, Yoel Espinal, Eli White, and $750,000 of international signing bonus pool space.[97] He began 2019 with the Charlotte Stone Crabs.

José Mujica[edit]

José Mujica
Tampa Bay Rays
Pitcher
Born: (1996-06-29) June 29, 1996 (age 22)
Valencia, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right

José Mujica (born June 29, 1996) is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Mujica signed with the Tampa Bay Rays as an international free agent in July 2012. The Rays added him to their 40-man roster after the 2017 season.[98]

Tobias Myers[edit]

Tobias Myers
Tampa Bay Rays
Pitcher
Born: (1998-08-05) August 5, 1998 (age 20)
Winter Haven, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Tobias Myers (born August 5, 1998) is an American baseball pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Myers attended Winter Haven High School in Winter Haven, Florida.[99] In 2016, as a senior, he went 8-2 with a 1.51 ERA, striking out 79 batters in 69.2 innings pitched.[100] He signed to play college baseball at the University of South Florida.[101] Myers was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth round of the 2016 MLB draft.[102] He signed with Baltimore for $225,000, forgoing his commitment to USF.[103] Myers made his professional debut with the GCL Rays, compiling a 4.70 ERA in three starts. He began 2017 with the Aberdeen IronBirds.[104]

On July 31, 2017, Myers was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Tim Beckham.[105] He was assigned to the Hudson Valley Renegades,[106] where he finished the season. In 12 starts between Aberdeen and Hudson Valley, he was 4-2 with a 3.54 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. Myers spent 2018 with the Bowling Green Hot Rods[107] where he pitched to a 10-6 record with a 3.71 ERA in 23 games (21 starts).[108] He began 2019 with the Charlotte Stone Crabs.[109]

Kevin Padlo[edit]

Kevin Padlo
Kevin Padlo with Hot Rods.jpg
Padlo with the Bowling Green Hot Rods in 2016
Tampa Bay Rays
Third baseman
Born: (1996-07-15) July 15, 1996 (age 22)
Murrieta, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Kevin Michael Padlo (born July 15, 1996) is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Padlo attended Murrieta Valley High School in Murrieta, California. He committed to attend the University of San Diego on a college baseball scholarship.[110] The Colorado Rockies selected Padlo in the fifth round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.[111] Rather than enroll in college, Padlo signed with the Rockies, receiving a $650,000 signing bonus.[112]

Padlo made his professional debut with the Grand Junction Rockies of the Rookie-level Pioneer League, batting .300/.421/.594 with eight home runs and 44 RBIs in 48 games. To start 2015, the Rockies assigned Padlo to the Asheville Tourists of the Class A South Atlantic League. He struggled, and was demoted to the Boise Hawks of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League.[113][114] Padlo spent the entire 2015 season with the Hawks, and was named a preseason and midseason Northwest League All-Star.[115] In 27 games for Asheville he batted .145, and in 70 games for Boise he hit .294/.404/.502 with nine home runs and 46 RBIs.

On January 28, 2016, the Rockies traded Padlo and Corey Dickerson to the Tampa Bay Rays for Jake McGee and Germán Márquez.[116] He spent the 2016 season with the Bowling Green Hot Rods of the Class A Midwest League, where he batted .229 with 16 home runs and 66 RBIs in 115 games.[117] He spent 2017 with the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, posting a .223 batting average with six home runs and 34 RBIs in 64 games. After the season, the Rays assigned Padlo to the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League.[118] Padlo returned to Charlotte in 2018, batting .223 with eight home runs and 54 RBIs with 115 games.[119] He began 2019 with the Montgomery Biscuits.[120]

Jermaine Palacios[edit]

Jermaine Palacios
Tampa Bay Rays
Shortstop
Born: (1996-07-19) July 19, 1996 (age 22)
Barquisimeto, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Jermaine Manuel Palacios Leon (born July 19, 1996) is a Venezuelan professional baseball infielder for the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Palacios signed as an international free agent with the Minnesota Twins organization in 2014 and made his debut that same year, for the DSL Twins, where he spent the whole season, posting a .270 batting average with 29 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 49 games. In 2015, he played for both the GCL Twins and the Elizabethton Twins, posting a combined .370 batting average with three home runs and 37 RBIs in 57 total games between both teams. He spent 2016 with the Cedar Rapids Kernals where he batted .222 with one home run and 28 RBIs in 71 games. He began the 2017 season back with Cedar Rapids, and after batting .320 with 11 home runs and 39 RBIs in 62 games, was promoted to the Fort Myers Miracle where he finished the season with a .269 batting average with two home runs and 28 RBIs in another 62 games.[121][122]

On February 18, 2018, the Twins traded Palacios to the Tampa Bay Rays for Jake Odorizzi.[123] He began 2018 with the Montgomery Biscuits but was reassigned to the Charlotte Stone Crabs during the season. In 118 total games between the two teams, he hit .217 with two home runs and 53 RBIs.[124] He began 2019 with Montgomery.

Michael Plassmeyer[edit]

Michael Plassmeyer
Tampa Bay Rays
Pitcher
Born: (1996-11-05) November 5, 1996 (age 22)
St. Louis, Missouri
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Michael Plassmeyer (born November 5, 1996) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Plassmeyer attended De Smet Jesuit High School in Creve Coeur, Missouri, and the University of Missouri, where he played college baseball for the Missouri Tigers. As a junior at Missouri, he pitched to a 5-4 record with a 3.05 ERA, striking out 103 batters in 91.1 innings pitched.[125]

The Seattle Mariners selected Plassmeyer in the fourth round of the 2018 MLB draft.[126] He signed and was assigned to the Everett AquaSox, going 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched.[127]

On November 8, 2018, the Mariners traded Plassmeyer, Mike Zunino, and Guillermo Heredia to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Mallex Smith and Jake Fraley. [128] He began the 2019 season with the Bowling Green Hot Rods.[129]

Tommy Romero[edit]

Tommy Romero
Tampa Bay Rays
Pitcher
Born: (1997-07-08) July 8, 1997 (age 21)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Bats: Left Throws: Right

Tommy Romero (born July 8, 1997) is an American baseball pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Romero graduated from Coral Springs Charter School in 2015.[130] Unselected in the 2015 MLB draft, he enrolled at Polk State College where he played baseball.[131] After his freshman year in 2016, he transferred to Eastern Florida State College. As a sophomore in 2017, he won nine games, compiled a 1.13 ERA,[132] and led the NJCAA in strikeouts with 136.[133] After his sophomore season, he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 15th round of the 2017 MLB draft.[134] Romero signed and made his professional debut with the Arizona League Mariners, going 5-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 43.1 innings pitched.[135] He began 2018 with the Clinton LumberKings.[136]

On May 25, 2018, the Mariners traded Romero and Andrew Moore to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Denard Span and Álex Colomé.[137] He was assigned to the Bowling Green Hot Rods, with whom he was named a Midwest League All-Star.[138] In 25 total starts between Clinton and Bowling Green, he was 11-4 with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.[139] He began 2019 with the Charlotte Stone Crabs.[140]

Jesús Sánchez[edit]

Jesús Sánchez
Tampa Bay Rays
Outfielder
Born: (1997-10-07) October 7, 1997 (age 21)
Higüey, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Jesús Sánchez (born October 7, 1997) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Sánchez signed with the Tampa Bay Rays as an international free agent in June 2014.[141] He made his professional debut in 2015 with the Dominican Summer League Rays and spent the whole season there, slashing .335/.382/.498 with four home runs and 45 RBIs in 61 games. He played 2016 with the Gulf Coast Rays and Princeton Rays, compiling a combined .329 batting average with seven home runs, 39 RBIs, and a .900 OPS in 56 total games between the two teams, and 2017 with the Bowling Green Hot Rods[142] where he batted .305 with 15 home runs and 82 RBIs in 117 games.[143]

He began 2018 with the Charlotte Stone Crabs. He was named to the 2018 MLB Futures Game and played for the World team. Sanchez was also named the Charlotte Stone Crabs MVP for the 2018 season after batting .301/.331/.462 with ten home runs and 64 RBIs in ninety games.[144] He also played in 27 games for the Montgomery Biscuits at the end of the year, hitting .214.[145]

The Rays added Sánchez to their 40-man roster after the 2018 season.[61] He began 2019 with Montgomery.[146]

Brian Shaffer[edit]

Brian Shaffer
Tampa Bay Rays
Pitcher
Born: (1996-08-12) August 12, 1996 (age 22)
Pylesville, Maryland
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Brian Shaffer (born August 12, 1996) is an American baseball pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Shaffer attended North Harford High School in Pylesville, Maryland.[147] In 2014, his senior year, he boasted an 8-2 record with a 1.86 ERA, leading North Harford to the Class 3A state championship.[148] Undrafted in the 2014 MLB draft, he enrolled at the University of Maryland where he played college baseball for the Maryland Terrapins.[149]

In 2015, as a freshman at Maryland, he appeared in 16 games (11 starts), going 5-1 with a 4.57 ERA.[150] As a sophomore in 2016, Shaffer went 8-3 with 2.60 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP in 15 starts,[151] earning a spot on the All-Big Ten Third Team.[152] In 2017, as a junior, he compiled a 7-3 record with a 1.67 ERA[153] and was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year.[154] After his junior year, he was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth round of the 2017 MLB draft.[155] He signed and made his professional debut with the Arizona League Diamondbacks before being promoted to the Hillsboro Hops. In 13 games (ten starts) between the two clubs, he compiled a 3.38 ERA. He began 2018 with the Kane County Cougars.[156]

On July 25, 2018, Shaffer (along with Michael Pérez) was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Matt Andriese.[157] He was assigned to the Charlotte Stone Crabs. In 26 games (25 starts) between Kane County and Charlotte, he pitched to a 9-7 record, a 2.79 ERA, and a 1.11 WHIP.[158] He returned to Charlotte to begin 2019[159] before being promoted to the Montgomery Biscuits in May.

Cole Sulser[edit]

Cole Sulser
Tampa Bay Rays
Pitcher
Born: (1990-03-12) March 12, 1990 (age 29)
Poway, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Cole Young Sulser (born March 12, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Sulser graduated from Ramona High School in Ramona, California, in 2008 and Dartmouth College. He earned two bachelor's degrees at Dartmouth: in engineering sciences with public policy and mechanical engineering. Sulser also played college baseball for the Dartmouth Big Green. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011 and was granted a redshirt for the 2012 season, a rarity in the Ivy League.[160]

The Cleveland Indians selected Sulser in 25th round of the 2013 MLB draft.[160] He continued pitching in the Indians organization through 2018.[161] After the 2018 season, Cleveland traded Sulser to the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade in which the Rays also acquired Yandy Diaz for Jake Bauers, and the Seattle Mariners acquired Edwin Encarnacion from the Indians for Carlos Santana.[162]

Curtis Taylor[edit]

Curtis Taylor
Tampa Bay Rays
Pitcher
Born: (1995-07-25) July 25, 1995 (age 23)
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Curtis W. Taylor (born July 25, 1995) is a Canadian professional baseball pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Taylor attended University of British Columbia. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft.[163][164] Taylor made his professional debut with the Hillsboro Hops and spent the whole 2016 season there, posting a 1-0 record with a 2.20 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 16.1 innings pitched. In 2017, he played for the Kane County Cougars where he pitched to a 3-4 record and 3.32 ERA in 13 games started.[165][166]

On November 30, 2017, the Diamondbacks traded Taylor to the Tampa Bay Rays for Brad Boxberger.[167] He began the 2018 season with the Charlotte Stone Crabs before being promoted to the Montgomery Biscuits in May. In 38 games (four starts) between the two clubs, he pitched to a 6-4 record with a 2.54 ERA.[168] He returned to Montgomery to begin 2019.

Carlos Vargas[edit]

Carlos Vargas
Tampa Bay Rays
Shortstop / First baseman
Born: (1999-03-18) March 18, 1999 (age 20)
Moca, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Carlos Jose Vargas Polanco (born March 18, 1999) is a Dominican professional baseball shortstop in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Vargas signed with the Seattle Mariners as an international free agent in July 2015.[169] He made his professional debut in 2016 with the DSL Mariners and spent the whole season there, posting a .242 batting average with seven home runs and 35 RBIs in 62 games.

On January 11, 2017, Vargas was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays, along with Mallex Smith and Ryan Yarbrough, for Drew Smyly.[170] The Rays assigned him to the GCL Rays where he spent the whole 2017 season, batting .245 with five home runs and 27 RBIs in 54 games.[171] In 2018, he played for the Princeton Rays, slashing .256/.333/.413 with four home runs and 22 RBIs in 47 games.[172]

Kean Wong[edit]

Kean Wong
Tampa Bay Rays – No. 80
Second baseman
Born: (1995-04-17) April 17, 1995 (age 24)
Hilo, Hawaii
Bats: Left Throws: Right

Kean Keanu Wong (born April 17, 1995) is an American professional baseball second baseman who plays in Minor League Baseball for the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Wong attended Waiakea High School in Hilo, Hawaii. He committed to play college baseball at the University of Hawaii.[173] The Tampa Bay Rays selected Wong in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB draft.[174] He signed with the Rays, receiving a $400,000 signing bonus. After he signed, he played for the Gulf Coast Rays of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League[175] where he slashed .328/.377/.390 with 22 RBIs in 46 games.

Wong spent 2014 with the Bowling Green Hot Rods of the Class A Midwest League where he batted .306 with two home runs and 24 RBIs in 106 games. He was promoted to the Charlotte Stone Crabs in 2015, where he posted a .274 batting average with one home runs and 36 RBIs along with 15 stolen bases in 103 games. In 2016, Wong played for the Montgomery Biscuits where he batted .276 with five home runs and 56 RBIs in 117 games.[176] In 2017, Wong played for the Durham Bulls where he posted a .265 average with five home runs and 44 RBIs in 105 games and was named the MVP of the Triple-A National Championship Game.[177] Wong returned to Durham in 2018, slashing .282/.345/.406 with nine home runs and 50 RBIs in 116 games.[178] He returned to Durham to begin 2019.[179]

His father, Kaha, instructed him on how to play baseball. His older brother, Kolten Wong, plays in MLB.[180]

Stephen Woods[edit]

Stephen Woods
Tampa Bay Rays
Pitcher
Born: (1995-06-10) June 10, 1995 (age 24)
Huntington, New York
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Stephen Hugo Woods Jr. (born June 10, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Woods attended Half Hollow Hills East High School in Dix Hills, New York. While pitching for the school's baseball team in 2013, he threw two consecutive no-hitters.[181]

The Tampa Bay Rays selected him in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB draft, but he did not sign with the Rays. He enrolled at State University of New York at Albany, and played college baseball for the Albany Great Danes.[182] In the summer of 2014, he played collegiate summer baseball for the North Fork Ospreys of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League.[183] After his junior year, the San Francisco Giants selected him in the eighth round of the 2016 MLB draft. Woods signed with the Giants rather than return to Albany for his senior year.[182][184] He spent his first professional season with both the AZL Giants and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, posting a combined 1-2 record and 3.34 ERA in 35 total innings. In 2017, he played for the Augusta GreenJackets, going 6-7 with a 2.95 ERA in 110 innings.[185]

On December 20, 2017, the Giants traded Woods, Denard Span, Christian Arroyo, and Matt Krook to the Rays for Evan Longoria and cash considerations.[186] He did not pitch in 2018 due to injury.

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  • 32 Blake Bivens
  • 19 Trevor Charpie
  • 30 Jose Disla
  • 25 Josh Fleming
  • 23 Ian Gardeck Injury icon 2.svg
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  • 31 Matt Krook
  • 11 Dalton Moats
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  • 34 Ivan Pelaez
  • 35 Ricardo Pinto
  •  7 Arturo Reyes
  • 37 Kenny Rosenberg
  • 33 Phoenix Sanders
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  • 11 Paul Campbell
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  • 36 Jack Labosky
  • 17 Resly Linares
  • 19 Tobias Myers
  • 30 Riley O'Brien
  • 25 Chandler Raiden
  • 29 Orlando Romero
  • 35 Tommy Romero
  • 28 Simon Rosenblum-Larson
  • 40 Jhonleider Salinas
  • 22 Matt Seelinger Injury icon 2.svg
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  • 32 Alex Valverde
  •  7 Mikey York

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  • 28 Roberto Alvarez
  • 26 Chris Betts

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  •  4 Wander Franco
  •  3 Osmy Gregorio
  •  5 Connor Hollis
  • 21 Kaleo Johnson
  •  7 Jake Palomaki
  •  9 Ford Proctor

Outfielders

  •  2 Bryce Brown ‡
  • 11 Beau Brundage
  • 20 Tony Pena
  •  1 Michael Smith
  • 22 Grant Witherspoon


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  • 19 Reinaldo Ruiz

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  • 15 Miller Hogan
  • 34 Nick Lee
  • 16 Michael Mercado
  • 38 Justin Montgomery
  • 20 Chris Muller
  • 18 Blake Pflughaupt
  • 30 Jose Roca
  • 18 Christopher Sanchez
  • 11 Zach Trageton
  • 35 Stephen Yancey

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  • 29 Michael Berglund
  • 12 David Parrett
  • -- Mac Seibert

Infielders

  •  2 Jonathan Aranda
  • 37 Jacson McGowan
  • 13 Adrian Rondon

Outfielders

  • 32 Marvin Malone
  •  9 Jordan Qsar
  • -- Oscar Rojas


Manager

  •  3 Blake Butera

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  • 44 Alejandro Freire (hitting)
  • 23 Jose Gonzalez (pitching)
  • 22 Sean Smedley (coach)


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  • 19 Garrett Anderson
  • -- Sandy Brito
  • 38 Josh Fleming
  • 18 Kyle Goodbrand
  • 31 Easton McGee
  • 40 Luis Moncada
  • 35 Joel Peguero
  • 30 Cristopher Sanchez
  • 17 Dylan Thompson
  • 25 Zack Trageton

Catchers

  • -- David Parrett

Infielders

  •  2 Trey Hair
  • 22 Kevin Santiago
  •  7 Seaver Whalen

Outfielders

  •  1 Bryce Brown
  •  5 Andrew Miller
  •  9 Michael Smith
  • 16 José Tonton


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  • -- German Melendez (coach)
  • -- Jim Paduch (pitching)
  • 44 Wuarnner Rincones (hitting)


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  • 31 Juan Carlos Arias
  • 17 Paul Campbell
  • 44 Trevor Charpie
  • 30 Angel Felipe
  • 53 Wilson Garcia
  • 45 Miguel Lara
  • 26 Wanderson Linares
  • 31 Justin Marsden
  • 16 Michael Mercado
  • 15 Reynier Montero
  • 23 Arturo Mujica
  • 18 Jesus Ortiz
  • 28 Angel Rodriguez
  • 34 Jeffrey Rosa
  • 98 Francisco Sanchez

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  • 21 Alexander Alvarez
  •  6 Roberto Alvarez
  • 11 Jordyn Muffley

Infielders

  • 10 Jonathan Aranda
  • 35 Vincent Byrd
  • -- Osmy Gregorio
  •  1 Luis Leon
  • 39 Cristhian Pedroza
  •  3 Allen Smoot
  • 25 Carlos Vargas

Outfielders

  •  9 Pedro Diaz
  • 24 Tony Pena
  •  4 Sabriel Polanco
  • 37 Yerson Santana

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  • 14 Erik Ostberg

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  • -- Rafael Valenzuela

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  • 45 Jose Alejandro
  • 70 Jaime Arauz
  • 32 Marquito Casilla
  • 56 Jhoanbert Cedeno
  • 62 Ennder Cespedes
  • 41 Franklin Dacosta
  • 34 Christian Fernandez
  • 67 Jeremy Galan
  • 68 Wilson Garcia
  • 39 Carlos Gomez
  • 71 Luis Medina
  • 51 Rafael Prensa
  • 65 Angel Ramirez
  • 31 Aldor Rodriguez
  • 61 Stanly Sabino
  • 41 Francisco Sanchez
  • 49 Daniel Santana
  • 63 Fraylin Santos
  • 72 Luis Trinidad

Catchers

  •  8 Angel Nelo
  • 16 Luis Perez
  • 10 Fermin Villasmil

Infielders

  • 14 Amador Arias
  •  1 Luis Arias
  •  3 Alfredo Balbuena
  • 19 Jose Del Palacio
  • 15 Juan Garcia
  •  9 Johan Lopez
  • 20 Jose Pereira
  • 25 Bryan Santos

Outfielders

  • 29 Roimer Bolivar
  • 28 Raider Brito
  • 18 Victor Cervantes
  • 23 Yunior Martinez


Manager

  • 27 Esteban Gonzalez

Coaches

  • 14 Ivan Ochoa (hitting)
  • 40 Roberto Yil (pitching)


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  • 34 Emilio Alfonzo
  • 44 Marquito Casilla
  • 49 Jhoanbert Cedeno
  • 61 Dauris Cordero
  • 70 Johan Cuevas
  • 64 Luis Duran
  • 68 Christian Fernandez
  • 45 Yeury Garcia
  • 36 Carlos Gomez
  • 33 Jesus Hernandez
  • 39 Maicor Leon
  • 71 Luis Medina
  • 32 Fernando Melo
  • 55 Victor Munoz
  • 62 Rafael Prensa
  • 52 Angel Ramirez
  • 66 Leonardo Sanchez
  • 56 Roybell Santodomingo
  • 53 Henry Torres
  • 38 Luis Trinidad

Catchers

  • 29 Edgardo Rodriguez
  • 11 Gioser Tejada
  • 22 Robert Valera
  • 31 Fermin Villasmil

Infielders

  •  3 Amador Arias
  • 30 Freddvil Chavez
  •  1 Albert Figuereo
  •  7 Jose Pereira
  •  2 Abiezel Ramirez
  • 18 Dewins Verbel

Outfielders

  • 27 Johampher Arrendoll
  •  9 Sal Fortuna
  • 25 Dahiandy Johnson
  • 24 Cryan Santos


Manager

  • 15 Julio Zorrilla

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  • -- Omar Luna (hitting)
  • 60 Levi Romero (pitching)


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