Feb 27, 2015; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays infielder/outfielder Eugenio Velez (63) and infielder Juan Francisco (61) poses for a photo during photo day at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Each year, the Tampa Bay Rays, just like the rest of baseball, bring in a number of non-roster invitees to Spring Training. The players have all signed minor league contracts and most of them will start the season at Triple-A Durham. In the meantime, they will log some innings and get some at-bats as the big leaguers round themselves into shape.
However, one or two non-roster players may take advantage of a good spring training and a hole in the 25-man roster to make the team. Jamey Wright and Juan Cruz are examples of such players who have pulled off that feat with the Rays, although Mark Lowe from last season reminds us that no one is a sure bet. Here are five players hoping to follow the path of Wright and Cruz and why they have a chance to make the big team.
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