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Tampa Bay Rays Land Three Players on Florida State League All Star Team

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Apr 2, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of Tropicana Field during the first inning between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 2, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of Tropicana Field during the first inning between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Catcher: Brett Sullivan

A viable offensive catcher. For the Tampa Bay Rays, that has become the equivalent of the unicorn or Loch Ness Monster. However, Brett Sullivan may end that streak.

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Another extremely contact oriented player, Sullivan has made his ability to put the bat on the ball quite noteworthy in the Florida State League. He has been the hardest player to strike out in the league, whiffing in just 8.4% of his plate appearances.

Meanwhile, he has been more than just a contact oriented player. Sullivan has produced a strong .308/.335/.462 batting line, with 12 doubles. Showing impressive speed for a catcher, he even has four triples and six steals, having been caught just once. That speed alone, coming from a catcher, is notable.

There is a reason for concern, however. Sullivan’s power has disappeared this season, as he has just two homers thus far. This comes after he hit a combined 24 homers in his previous two seasons, leading one to wonder if the power outage is a minor blip on the radar, possibly a greater concern going forward.

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Brett Sullivan has had a strong season. The Tampa Bay Rays would certainly be pleased if his home run stroke returned though.

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