Feb 26, 2014; Port Charolette, Fl, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Luke Maile (84) poses for a portrait during photo day at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-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 the fifth and final part of the series–the other parts can be found here. Today, we will finish up with Andrew Velazquez, Kes Carter, Mark Sappington, Luke Maile, and Edgar Gomez. The following will be in slideshow format (which, I’ve been told, makes it more pleasing to the eye), but if you want a one-page view, click this link.