What Junior Camiero can do for the Tampa Bay Rays

After being recently called up, Junior Caminero seems to hold the keys to the Tampa Bay Rays' future at shortstop.
Toronto Blue Jays v Tampa Bay Rays
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Earlier in the week, the Tampa Bay Rays called up their top prospect, Junior Caminero. He was ranked sixth in the MLB pipeline overall. 

The call-up for Caminero came before the Tampa Bay home series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays ended up dropping two out of the three games to Toronto. 

In his first full series, Caminero did not play in the Friday night matchup. However, he played in the final two and showed some prowess throughout the games he played. He went 2-for-9 with a RBI in the final game of the series that ended in a 9-5 Tampa Bay defeat. 

Caminero also drew a walk in the two games he has played in thus far resulting in an OBP of .300 for now.

Junior Camiero can provide stability at shortstop for the Rays

This was not necessarily a fast start to the career of Caminero at the major league level. But, what he can do going forward is provide stability at the shortstop position. Since the news of Wander Franco's indefinite suspension broke out, the Rays' shortstop rotation has been in flux rotating between players like Taylor Walls, Osleivis Basabe, etc.

Caminero's plate presence can help the Rays' lineup as postseason baseball approaches. He looks to be the man at shortstop going forward as he showed it a little against Toronto and definitely did while in the minor leagues. At the double-A level this season, he held onto a .324 average with 31 home runs and 94 RBI. 

And much like a good OBP to start his stent in St. Pete, he also had a great one in the minor leagues hitting the .384 mark. His OPS also hit a good mark at .976 while developing in Tampa Bay's system.

With the regular season winding down, Caminero may need to become a special player for the Rays as they will soon begin their quest for their first world series title. He showed flashes of it through his first few games and his stable nature at shortstop adds to an already good-looking infield.