The Tampa Bay Rays have not held a workout since March 17th. Some players and coaches will voluntarily workout together at Tropicana Field.
The Tampa Bay Rays haven’t played a spring training game since March 12 when the league suspended play due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Tampa Bay Rays will be following the league’s guidelines as far as distancing and sanitation. The clubhouse, weight rooms, batting cages, and other facilities will be closed.
The benefit to the players is that they will get to interact with one another and will have a chance to play baseball on the field. They will get input from the coaches that they do not get in their secluded home workouts.
Players will workout on a staggered schedule with only 2-4 players working out at a time.
The voluntary workouts will mostly consist of light work, running, and catching. The players are still expected to continue conditioning work on their own.
Let’s take a look at a few of the standouts from spring training before the shutdown.
Tampa Bay Rays – Spring’s Top Performers
Yandy Diaz was hitting .345 with a .375 on-base. In 32 plate appearances Diaz had ten hits (one extra-base hit) with two walks and six strikeouts.
Michael Brosseau continues to hit for power wherever he is. Brosseau’s average stands at .348 with a .478 slugging percentage.
Michael Perez was slugging .526 with two homers and five runs batted in over 22 plate appearances. This offseason, I picked Michael Perez to hit more homers than Mike Zunino this season.
Willy Adames picked up where he left off last season, slashing .364/.462/.591.
Among outfielders, Brian O’Grady led the way with two homers and five runs batted in, slashing .348/.400/.739 in 25 plate appearances. O’Grady is very versatile defensively. Despite playing first base, he can also hold down centerfield. If you aren’t aware, this guy set the AAA-Louisville single-season home run record last season with 28 bombs.
Randy Arozarena was hitting .400 with a .586 on-base percentage before the shutdown. Arozarena’s six RBIs are good for tops on the team.
Hopefully, the protocols put in place by the league and the teams will keep everyone safe and give us all some baseball.