Sometimes, we can loose sight that the players we watch on television are people as well. We share in their successes and agonize over their failures, but at the end of the day, they are just like the rest of us. This can relate even more to prospects, as their games are harder to watch casually, and they may be nothing more than a series of statistics to the observer. In their cases, not only are they learning the game and how to be professionals, but they may be learning life skills on the fly as well.
That is the case with Rays prospects Riley Unroe, Nick Ciuffo and Kean Wong, who are roommates while playing for the GCL Rays. Not only have they been focusing on becoming better players, but they have been learning different life skills as well, such as loading a dishwasher and cooking.
“I cleaned,” Ciuffo said with a smile. “This is the first time actually having to wash clothes and loading the dishwasher and that kind of stuff. We’re just learning on the fly.”
Even though they are prospects, Unroe, Ciuffo and Wong are just like any other teenagers living on their own for the first time. They may end up making some mistakes, but this will be a valuable experience for them as they progress in their lives.
Astros starter Jarred Cosart was impressive in his debut last night, pitching eight shutout innings and working into the ninth inning, holding the Rays hitless until the seventh. His outing also impressed David Price, who took a tough loss in their matchup.
#Rays Price: “sometimes you’ve got to just tip your cap, as a hitter, as a pitcher. I got out-pitched tonight.”
— RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) July 13, 2013
Price was certainly impressive in his own right, throwing only 87 pitches in his complete game loss, but the Rays were unable to get to Cosart. However, he has had three strong starts, including two complete games, since coming off the disabled list. If he can continue to pitch this effectively, he may not be taking many more losses over the course of the season.