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Tampa Bay Rays: Way Too Early Roster Prediction

By Austin Reimann
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 29: Joey Wendle #18 and Willy Adames #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays react after their 8-5 win over the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on August 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 29: Joey Wendle #18 and Willy Adames #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays react after their 8-5 win over the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on August 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 10: Michael Perez #43 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a two-run home run in the third inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on August 10, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 10: Michael Perez #43 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a two-run home run in the third inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on August 10, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

Catcher (2):

Mike Zunino, RHH, 28

The most recent addition to the 2019 Tampa Bay Rays, Mike Zunino will finally give the Rays the stability they have longed for behind the plate. While his defensive reputation precedes him, his offensive reputation tends to be less forgiving.

A streaky hitter with pop, who, if he returns to his 2017 form, could prove huge dividends for the Tampa Bay Rays. Look for Zunino to hit around .230 with 20 bombs while providing stellar defense behind the plate.

Michael Perez, LHH, 26

Michael Perez was a pleasant surprise for the Rays in 2018 before going down with an injury. The lefty hit .284 over 24 games for the Rays while provided stellar defense. I would look for Perez to beat Cuiffo out for the backup role in 2019.

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