Tampa Bay Rays Rays Colored Glasses 2019 season preview roundtable

By Rylan Stiles
Willy Adames (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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ST PETERSBURG, FL – SEPTEMBER 30: Willy Adames #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a single in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 30, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

Who is your player to watch as a breakout candidate for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2019?

Rylan Stiles (@Rylan_Stiles): Say it with me folks. Willy Adames. If you know me, have read my work, or have listened to our podcast, you know I truly believe in Willy Adames. Not just being a solid player, but a bonafide superstar! Willy Adames has the potential, he has the tools, and he has the swagger to burst onto the scene. Besides being a Tampa Bay Rays fan, I really want the Rays to make the postseason just to five the young shortstop a platform.

Patrick Davenport (@OfficialPatDav): I’m going with the Cuban powerhouse Yandy Diaz. The guy has an excellent approach at the plate and is excellent at covering all areas of the strike zone, making him a tough out, to begin with, but I also believe that he’s going to start finding his power stroke over the course of the 2019 season and start tearing up the American League.

Chloe Stowe (@Chloeontherocks): Brandon Lowe. (Who recently signed an extension with the Tampa Bay Rays)

Austin Reimann (@Reimann_Austin): My breakout candidate for 2019 is Willy Adames. He finished 2018 strong, especially after he was handed the everyday role. This offseason he trained with some of the best shortstops in baseball. He has a quiet swagger about him that just oozes confidence, and I think that confidence will translate into results in 2019.