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Tampa Bay Rays’ Current Roster Has Holes, Opportunities

By David Egbert
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Aug 22, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) singles in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports


The Rays have some questions in their outfield, but it doesn’t seem like they need to add any players. We know that Desmond Jennings will play almost every day in center, Kevin Kiermaier will play at least against right-handed pitching and Brandon Guyer will play at least against lefties. However, how will David DeJesus and Steven Souza fit in?

It seems like the Rays will go one of two ways: either Souza will be their starting left fielder or he will be at Triple-A with DeJesus starting in left against right-handed pitching. Even if DeJesus stays, though, it is hard to see him standing in the way of Souza when the Rays deem him ready and he will likely be dealt if he has any value.

There are some questions in the Rays’ outfield, particularly whether Kiermaier can hit, especially against lefties, and whether Guyer can stay healthy. However, between Jennings, Kiermaier, Guyer, Souza, DeJesus, and even Mikie Mahtook, the Rays have to believe that they will have a strong outfield situation next season. The young players will get their chances, and they have the talent to succeed.