Rays Prospects

Working Out Positions for Tampa Bay Rays Infield Prospects

By Robbie Knopf
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Aug 20, 2013; Ft Myers, FL, USA; Charlotte Stone Crabs shortstop Jake Hager (2) tags out Fort Myers Miracle center fielder

Byron Buxton

(7) as he attempted to steal at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits

The things we can say for sure regarding the Biscuits are that Tyler Goeddel will play third base, Jake Hager will return to play shortstop, and Patrick Leonard will be at first base. Second base is a little more up in the air with Thomas Coyle and Leonardo Reginatto both set to be on the team.

Coyle is playing out of his mind in the Australian Baseball League right now, so it seems like the Rays will give him a chance to play everyday. That will leave Reginatto for DH duty on most nights, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get into games all over the field. He has been primarily a shortstop in his minor league career, but he has played all four infield positions along with center and left field.

Expect to see Reginatto at shortstop a decent amount as the Rays teach Hager second base. We will have to see what the deal is with Hak-Ju Lee this year, but there is a decent chance that Brett will get promoted at some point and Hager will move to the keystone at Durham to replace him. Such a move would also have further reverberations through the system.

Update: Now Goeddel is being listed on the Rays’ Winter Development League roster as an outfielder. We’ll have to see if that is indicative of a full-time move, but that clearly shifts the picture here. Reginatto might play regularly at third, but a more fascinating possibility is that one of the infielders in the next two slides gets skipped over High-A to Double-A. The candidate that jumps out the most (although the results may not be good): Tyler Young.