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BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 15: Avisail Garcia #26 of the Chicago White Sox rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 15, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 15: Avisail Garcia #26 of the Chicago White Sox rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 15, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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ST PETERSBURG, FL – SEPTEMBER 29: Diego Castillo #63 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws a pitch in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 29, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL – SEPTEMBER 29: Diego Castillo #63 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws a pitch in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 29, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

5 Rays relievers who could have an impact in 2019

I broke down 5 in-house options the Rays may look towards in 2019 out of the pen. One of them was Wilmer Font:

"A simple adjustment made by the Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder allowed Font to regain his confidence on the bump and he emerged as a really nice find. His role in 2019 is still up in the air as of now, but we could see Font do any number off things on the mound. It is likely that he could be used as an emergency starter. He could also beat out Yonny Chirinos for the second bulk role alongside Ryan Yarbrough. He could also be an effective middle reliever out of the pen. Nothing is certain with Wilmer Font due to the fact that he was only with the Rays a short time prior to a year ending injury. What we do know is that Kevin Cash, Kyle Snyder, and the Tampa Bay Rays liked what they saw in Font. As a result, we can only assume that the lanky right hander will play a large role in 2019."

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5 Rays who could surprise everyone in 2019

Patrick Davenport broke down 5 players who could have a big 2019 season and help the Rays make it to October. Daniel Robertson and Diego Castillo make the list among others.

"Some names jump out more than others. We’re all very excited for Tommy Pham and his limitless potential at the plate. A full season of Willy Adames is something we’ll be all watching with keen anticipation. And almost every Rays writer, myself included, has enthusiastically gushed about the incredible upside Austin Meadows and Brandon Lowe will have and what they’ll be capable of in the near future. But, because this is the Rays we are talking about, nothing will go the way we expect. There will be players we have forgotten about that will come from seemingly out of nowhere and become key factors in the team’s success. In this article, I will be talking about 5 players that often get left out of the breakout season discussion, but have all of the tools in place to solidify themselves as excellent baseball players for the Rays in 2019."

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