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Rays Winter Leagues Recap: Granden Goetzman Homers in Brisbane Loss

By Robbie Knopf

Granden Goetzman‘s slugging percentage in the Australian Baseball League is just .008 short of his batting average and his on-base percentage combined. He has been an extremely streaky player, but at least Thursday was one of his good days.

Australian Baseball League: Adelaide Bite 6, Brisbane Bandits 5

More strong results from the four Tampa Bay Rays prospects on their team was not enough for the Bandits as they fell one run short. Leading the way was Granden Goetzman, who went 1 for 4 with a 9th-inning solo homer, a stolen base, a walk, and 2 runs scored. He also added an outfield assist. Goetzman’s line for Brisbane is a ludicrous .214/.254/.464 with 4 homers and 5 stolen bases and hopefully more consistency is on the way for him.

Maxx Tissenbaum also had a big game for the Bandits, going 3 for 4 with a walk and a run scored. The sample size is still small–we’re only talking about 13 games–but Tissenbaum has followed up his solid season at High-A with a .326/.396/.495 line in the ABL. Not to be upstaged, Johnny Field went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI while Tommy Coyle went 1 for 5 with an RBI.

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Venezuelan Winter League: Tiburones de La Guaira 6, Bravos de Margarita 4

Thursday, October 20th will go down in Taylor Motter‘s life as the day that the Rays chose not to add him to their 40-man roster. Hopefully he will also remember, though, that he had a nice game for the Bravos that night. Motter went 2 for 4 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored as Margarita’s leadoff hitter and left fielder. He now has a .250/.306/.438 line in 122 VWL plate appearances. Will some team think enough of him to select him in the Rule 5 Draft?

There were four other former Rays minor leaguers in the game. Omar Bencomo had a rough appearance for the Bravos that changed the entire game as he allowed 3 runs in 1.1 innings. On the La Guaira side, meanwhile, Miguel Rojas went 1 for 3 with a walk and 2 runs scored, Cesar Suarez went 0 for 2 with 2 walks, and Alex Cabrera went 0 for 4 with an RBI.