Jul 13, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; World pitcher Enny Romero throws a pitch in the 7th inning during the All Star Futures Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
With pitchers and catchers reporting in under a month, the Winter Ball season is nearing its close. Overall, 38 Tampa Bay Rays players and prospects got into games between the Arizona Fall League, Australian Baseball League, Dominican Winter League, Mexican Pacific League, Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (in Puerto Rico), and the Venezuelan Winter League. Their results varied, but there are quite a few things we can learn.
Let’s go through some of the notable players and talk about what effect, if any, that their Winter Ball performance should have on our outlook of them moving forward. There is an interesting mix of players here–everything from big leaguers for next season to low-level prospects to minor league signings–so hopefully we will gain insight on multiple levels into the Rays’ 2015 hopes and the team’s future.