Tampa Bay Rays Cut Seven Players From Major League Camp

Vidal Brujan (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Vidal Brujan (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Tampa Bay Rays have made their first round of cuts this spring.

The Tampa Bay Rays have announced their first round of spring roster cuts. Seven of the 67 players on the roster have been reassigned. The list includes some pretty well-known names in the Rays’ organization.

Rays’ number three prospect Vidal Brujan was among the players to get sent down. Here is the complete list:

The first five on the list are on the 40-man roster. Brujan made a very solid impression despite hitting just .118 in 17 at-bats. Manager Kevin Cash said about Brujan, “Pound for pound as strong as any player that we have.”

Brent Honeywell has missed the past two seasons with injuries. He required Tommy John surgery in 2018 and broke his elbow during rehab last year. Honeywell has worked his way back to throwing bullpen sessions this spring. 

Lucius Fox slashed .286/.375/.286 while showing off his defensive versatility. The Rays played him at both his natural middle infield positions and gave him extended time in the outfield. The speedster stole 37 bags in 104 games last season with AA-Montgomery.

Kevin Padlo did not play this spring due to intense headaches. Padlo was evaluated and the headaches were determined to be non-life-threatening. Padlo totaled 21 homers between Double and Triple-A last season. He slugged .595 once he got to AAA-Durham last season.

Hernandez faced an uphill and unlikely battle to make the roster as the Rays already have Mike Zunino, Michael Perez, Kevan Smith, and Chris Herrmann in camp competing for two spots on the roster.

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Paul Campbell is a former 21st round pick out of Clemson but found himself invited to major league camp this year. Over the course of three minor league seasons, he has proven himself to be a valuable pitcher in the loaded Rays’ system. Campbell went 8-4 last season in AA-Montgomery with a 3.36 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. He was unable to play this spring due to injuries.