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 7: Tommy Pham #29 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated at the dugout by teammate Willy Adames #1 after hitting a solo homer in fifth inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field on September 7, 2018 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr./Getty Images) /

Who will be the Tampa Bay Rays team MVP?

Rylan Stiles (@Rylan_Stiles): The Tampa Bay Rays will really depend on Tommy Pham to be the teams best player, without question. He is by far the best actual baseball player on the Tampa Bay Rays roster and provided such a spark a year ago. But, as you will see, he is a trendy pick. If I had to go elsewhere I would pick Kevin Kiermaier. The 28 year old outfielder has been hit with injuries over his career and is less than good at the dish. If Kevin Cash slots Kiermaier at the bottom of the order, and if he turns in any productivity at the plate, my lord how good can this team be?

Patrick Davenport (@OfficialPatDav): It’s absolutely got to be Tommy Pham. He is an absolute stud and a five tool player. What he was doing after being traded to the Rays last year was awesome and I fully expect him to have a phenomenal year in 2019. He’s playing with a chip on his shoulder and another year of experience, I even expect him to finish in the top five in AL MVP voting this season.

Chloe Stowe (@Chloeontherocks): Tommy Pham.

Austin Reimann (@Reimann_Austin): Tommy Pham. He will play a huge role for this team throughout the entire season and hopefully postseason. He will be featured in the middle of the lineup on a daily basis and his veteran presence in the locker room can’t be overlooked.