Rays Notes: Reid Brignac, Stephen Vogt, Montgomery Biscuits, Brandon Gomes

By Robbie Knopf

Reid Brignac is back in the big leagues after being down at Triple-A Durham since April, and Bill Chastain of the Rays’ official website talked to Brignac about his return to the big leagues. The entire article is a good read, but here are the highlights.

"“Andrew (Friedman) told me it could be two weeks, it could be three months. I didn’t set any expectations. I knew I wanted to get back and feel good about myself as a player again. And that’s where I’m at.”“I just knew I had to do what I was there to do and just believed that they still had a plan for me and whenever my time came back around, it came back around. It was frustrating at times. But that’s baseball and that’s the business aspect of the game. Most people don’t ever get to realize about baseball. A lot of business goes into it. And it’s not just waking up to go and play baseball.”"

Stephen Vogt, who is another player who could see time with the Rays in September, was interviewed over at The Unbiased MLB Fan. It’s another nice read, and here’s a tease.

"6.) Playing at the Triple-A level, do you feel any more pressure to perform well in every game then you did in the lower ranks of the Rays’ organization, when you weren’t just a phone call away from ‘The Show’? The only pressure you feel is the pressure you put on yourself.  I have to just relax and play the way I know how."

In terms of some actual news, the Rays’ Double-A affiliate, the Montgomery Biscuits, has clinched a Southern League playoff birth after clinching the South Division’s second half title. The Biscuits join the Low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods and the Short Season-A Hudson Valley Renegades as Rays affiliates who have made their leagues’ playoffs. The Biscuits will open the playoffs at Mobile on Thursday. Congrats to the Biscuits and good luck to them in the postseason.

And finally, the Rays brought up reliever Brandon Gomes from Triple-A Durham prior to Sunday’s game. Gomes posted a 2.92 ERA in 40 appearances for the Rays as a rookie in 2011 but has managed just a 6.94 ERA with an 11-11 strikeout to walk ratio in 10 big league appearances this season. Gomes has put up great numbers at Triple-A Durham, going 5-4 with a 3.09 ERA, an 11.9 K/9, a 2.3 BB/9, a 0.8 HR/9, and 8 saves in 40 appearances and 55.1 IP. Gomes works with a fastball-curveball-splitter arsenal, and the Rays hope to see him regain his 2011 effectiveness down the stretch.