The Tampa Bay Rays made yet another dent into their Spring Training Roster this weekend.
The Tampa Bay Rays started by sending down Nate Lowe, the praised first base prospect was good this Spring but a logjam of talent ahead of him made his demotion almost inevitable.
There were still fourteen other roster casualties cutting the Tampa Bay Rays roster down to 40. That still leaves 15 casualties remaining ahead of opening day on March 28th.
Nate Lowe will still have a shot at the big league club if he performs well in Durham, in fact, you might contest this move is due to service time, though I would disagree.
Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters yesterday: “I told him he probably is going to be the one that ultimately drives the decision” on when he gets called up,’’ That leaves the door open for him to get a quick call up if the Rays struggle at the dish as he tears it up in Triple-A.
The Rays also sent down Colin Poche, who had fans raving entering spring, including a writer at this very site.
Poche has been nothing short of awful this spring. Poche struggled with control and recording outs, and even in his final outing with the big league club this spring got lit up by the Red Sox.
I do not think anyone should give up on Colin Poche, and I would be absolutely stunned if he does not pitch for the Rays at some point this season.
Austin Pruitt, who spent time with the big league club last season, has been optioned down.
Mike Franco, Ryan Merritt, Ricardo Pinto, Luis Santos have all be reassigned as pitchers.
Two other position players got the boot as well, in catcher Anthony Bemboom and infielder Michael Brosseau.