The Tampa Bay Rays have a lot of young exciting players throughout the diamond, including on the mound. Kevin Cash is excited for the future, especially his newest hot rod
The rain yesterday in Port Charlotte did not keep the Tampa Bay Rays pitchers and catchers stand ideally by.
The battery tandems moved throwing sessions inside yesterday before the sun peaked out and normal outdoor practice could ensue today.
Kevin Cash told Marc Topkin and those amongst the media scrum yesterday that pitching inside was “Actually fun to get in the cage and hear the bullpen sessions because they (pitchers/pitches) all sound a bit louder. You get a guy throwing 90 miles per hour, and it sounds like 98. So everyone should feel really good after that session.”
This is an interesting perspective to give to fans who may have not been pitchers or pitched at a high level. The mental side of things, that hearing a pitch pop the catchers’ glove indoors is not just louder but can make you feel better as if you are throwing harder.
A pair of bounce back candidates, Jacob Faria and Yonny Chirinos were among the Rays hurlers yesterday. Kevin Cash mentioned “Crisp work” by both yesterday in their respective sessions.
The biggest news to come out of yesterday was Tampa Bay Rays skipper Kevin Cash was impressive by southpaw Colin Poche.
Poche was incredible across Double-A and Triple-A a year ago. Cash loved what he saw from the lefthander off the bump, and this could be key information.
If Poche has a good spring the rest of the way, he could end up on the 25 man roster.
Chaz Roe is expected to miss a couple of days with a back injury that does not seem serious. Although they do not have to be in camp until Monday, already 58-of-60 Tampa Bay Rays are in Port Charlotte.
Tommy Pham who made a bit of a stir this offseason has yet to report to camp after winning his arbitration case.
Kevin Kiermier, Jesus Sanchez, Ji-man Choi, Brandon Lowe, Daniel Robertson, Lucius Fox. Newly acquired infielder Yandy Diaz is also “missing” from camp although again these players need not show up until Monday.
A huge thank you to Marc Topkin, who everyone around baseball and especially Rays fans know by now, but he does great work allowing us all to get information.