Takeaways From Tampa Bay Rays’ Winter Ball Results Part 3

By Robbie Knopf
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Sep 20, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres catcher Rene Rivera (44) hits a two-run double during the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-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.

This is Part 3 of the series–the other parts can be found here. Today, we’ll talk about Rene Rivera, Taylor MotterColton ReavisPatrick Leonard, and Allan Dykstra.