813area has new update 23 hours ago Lightning Round: Syracuse picks up 2-1 victory in Utica
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1 day ago 3 puppies thrown out of car in Tampa; $10,000 reward offered for tips leading to arrest
One puppy did not survive. Actor Dave Bautista donated $5,000 to the reward money.
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1 day ago RV catches fire on Veterans Expressway; investigation underway
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1 day ago 2024 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic set for this weekend
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1 day ago Canadian airline serving Tampa to end operations
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1 day ago Local Ukrainian refugees face uncertain future as country enters 3rd year of war
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1 day ago FBI arrests Lakeland man for involvement in Jan. 6 Capitol attack
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1 day ago 'It makes you mad': Sen. Scott, others looking for answers about VA wait times
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1 day ago NORAD tracking high-altitude balloon flying over United States
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813area has new update 1 day ago Rays Your Voice: Jim Turvey joins the show to discuss Rays Vegas win totals
Do you see the Rays finishing with over 84.5 wins? It’s our first episode after the start of Spring Training, and the Rays continue to make moves. They signed infielder Amed Rosario to a one-year deal and also brought in old friend Yu Chang on a minor league contract with an invite to camp. We discuss how those moves change the roster outlook before the start of Grapefruit League games. But the highlight of this episode is our discussion with former DRaysBay writer Jim Turvey (@TurveyBets), currently of Action Network. We take a look at the Rays regular season win total, which DraftKings currently has set at 84.5, and break down why the betting markets are so down on the Rays who are coming off a 99-win season and have reached the postseason for five straight years. While we are all very bullish on this Rays team, we lay out the case for why they could take a step back this year. The biggest reasons are entering the season without All-Star shortstop Wander Franco, and having a completely reshaped starting rotation from the start of 2023. To end the show, we throw out some enticing Rays futures bets that may have some value for bettors ahead of 2024.
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1 day ago Florida refuses to bar unvaccinated students from school suffering a measles outbreak
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1 day ago Can you drink alcohol in public on Tampa Bay beaches?
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813area has new update 1 day ago 2024 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: Vote for No. 15
Osleivis Basabe scores | John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports Basabe’s major league debut wasn’t enough to keep him from slipping down our list. Previous Winner Osleivis Basabe, SSAAA | .296/.351/.426 (.777 OPS, 95 wRC+) 426 PA, 4 HR, 16 SBMLB | .218/.277/.310 (.587 OPS, 67 wRC+) 94 PA, 1 HR, 0 SB La Pantera Negra emerged as the answer at short stop after the loss of Taylor Walls to injury and Wander Franco to administrative leave last season. His promotion got the Rays over the line and into the playoffs but was probably sooner than warranted. He’s reliable at a difficult position and should hit for average if given a lengthier opportunity, but may not project as a regular. That might be for the best, as Basabe’s profile may be better utilized in a utility role at given the Rays depth in the infield, but he has the upside of a starter at short. With the recently acquired José Caballero on the roster, he’ll likely be heading back to Triple-A to start the season. Basabe ranks right after Montgomery, as he did last off-season, in a mild surprise. Objectively, his leap to the majors to fill the shortstop void showed more progress than expected out of his 2023, so one might have thought he’d rank higher in the list. Then again, Baseball America might have ranked Basabe seventh, but Baseball Prospectus left him off their list. There is no consensus for La Pantera Negra, whose best path forward may be a utility role for the Rays. The next round adds $3.7 million prospect Brailer Guerrero. I will also continue withholding Uwasawa from the vote until there is confirmation as to whether he has XXb free agency next off-season. Rules There will be a selection of players listed in the comments. To vote, reply to the player’s name with a +1 in the comment. For the best voting experience, filter the comment section by Oldest. Please vote using whichever criteria you prefer! If you like stats, use stats. If you like scouting reports, reference those reports. There’s no one right way to do this — that’s what makes this exercise fun. If you want to vote for a player who is not listed, there will be an “Others” comment. Reply to that comment with the name of your selection. This is incredibly rare because there will eventually be up to 10 players to choose from, but it’s possible a player you feel strongly about slipped through the cracks. If you want to nominate a player to be included in the next poll, reply to the “Testers” comment with that player’s name. We will often limit the number of players accepted for the next poll to prevent the list from becoming cumbersome. All players in one poll who do not win the vote are automatically included in the next poll — there is no need to re-nominate. Voting will go live on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week. Candidates Mason Auer, OFAA | .205/.292/.348 (.640, 72 wRC+) 511 PA, 11 HR, 47 SB Auer is the textbook case of why you usually wait until a player reaches Double-A to evaluate their hit tool with any level of certainty. After boasting wRC+ in the 130’s across Class and High-A last season, the Rays aggressively moved the 2021 year old 5th rounder up yet again, and the results were uninspiring at the plate. Baseball America reports Auer tried changing his swing mid-season, so we’ll see how that plays out on offense. Notably, they otherwise write, “Defensively, Auer is a big league-ready, plus-plus center fielder with a plus-plus arm.“ Big praise for a 22-year old. Brailer Guerrero, OFDSL | .261/.379/.391 (.770 OPS, 110 wRC+) 29 PA, 0 HR, 0 SB Tampa Bay paid $3.7 million to land this prospect in January 2023, and just 7 games into his career he needed shoulder surgery. The logline on Guerrero is an exit velocity in the 110’s despite being just 17 years old, but he’s not just free swinging. There appears to be a solid approach at the plate. He’s already listed at 6’1” and 215 lbs, so there’s some concern his longterm future is at first base, but until then he has the arm to pile up outfield assists from a corner, assuming he returns to playing ball right as rain. Tre’ Morgan, 1BRk-A | .396/.482/.542 (1.024 OPS, 182 wRC+ in A) 56 PA, 1 HR, 4 SB Three-year LSU first baseman Morgan was taken by the Rays in the third round of 2023, marking what looks like a strong draft class on offense for Tampa Bay. He’s a strong defender at first baseman who can hit and hit consistently, even if it’s without commanding power thus far. If his swing follows his physical maturity, he could be show 15 HR pop in an outfield role, but following his current trajectory as a slap hitting 1B with an elite glove, it sure sounds like a Rays first baseman. Adrian Santana, SSRk | .205/.340/.256 (.597 OPS, 73 wRC+) 47 PA, 0 HR, 3 SB Don’t let the stats above fool you, even though his bat will likely lag behind the rest of his game throughout his development. The (currently) switch-hitting Santana is a high school 2023 draft pick that was given 10 games in the Complex League to get a taste of professional life, and should slot into SS for Class-A in 2024, where his glove and speed are expected to draw rave reviews. Baseball Prospectus ranked Santana sixth in the system for his “double plus” defense, projecting him as an above average regular at short. Ian Seymour, LHPRk | 1.35 ERA, 6.2 IP (4 GS) 11 K, 4 BBA | 1.64 ERA, 22.0 IP (6 GS) 22 K, 5 BBA+ | 2.08 ERA, 8.2 IP (2 GS) 9 K, 5 BBAA | 0.00 ERA, 4.2 IP (1 GS) 4 K, 2 BB Seymour returned from Tommy John surgery on June 29, and got a slow start with a Complex and Low-A placement at couple-inning stints, but the Rays strategy proved successful. He was able to string together 13 starts across four levels, and locked it down each step of the way. If you remove his injured 2022, Seymour is has a career 1.76 ERA. Like fellow org southpaw Mason Montgomery, he’s a deception-lefty with a violent arm action, but unlike Montgomery he trades the plus slider for a plus change up with 10 mph separation. The over the top delivery has an awful head jerk (video), and accordingly gives the traditional mind a reliever projection, but if it works it works? Chandler Simpson, OFA | .285/.358/.333 (.691 OPS, 103 wRC+) 397 PA, 0 HR, 81 SBA+ | .326/.429/.393 (.822 OPS, 135 wRC+) 106 PA, 0 HR, 13 SB Yes, you read that right. 94 steals, it’s 80 grade speed. Back in 2021, he also set the record wood bat Northwoods League record with 55 bags in 51 games as a second baseman. The Rays then drafted him in the Comp-B round and moved him to the outfield, where his elite speed might offer promise in center field. His slap happy approach at the plate combined with a lack of K’s give his hitting better projection than might be expected from an otherwise zero-power profile. Since the start of the 2022 season, Simpson has the 5th lowest whiff% in the minor leagues, resulting in 54 walks to his 44 strikeouts in 2023. Jose Urbina, RHPRk | 5.32 ERA, 23.2 IP (11 G, 8 GS) 21 K, 12 BB A seventeen-year old out of Venezuela nearing 98 mph with his fastball, Urbina was signed for $210k and moved to the US without much pomp and circumstance despite skipping the DSL. His bulked up shoulders belong more of a swimmer than a pitcher, but it’s a good body. The delivery has hints of high effort red flags, but that’s to be expected for his age and velocity. Despite his youth, the fastball should play at every level. His best pitch, the breaking ball, shows major league potential in any part of the zone, and he’s shown feel for a change. If he were a high schooler, you might not blush if Urbina was considered a first round talent. (video) Cole Wilcox, RHPAA | 5.23 ERA, 106.2 IP (25 GS) 21.8% K, 9.7% BB Wilcox’s first full season following Tommy John surgery in 2021 was muted, with his strikeouts lacking the expected mid-30’s rate. Perhaps that’s because his previous high-octane fastball that earned first round money from the Padres, before they sent him to the Rays in the Snell trade, barely scratches 94 these days. Good pitchers adjust, and the new version of Wilcox was working on a groundballer’s sinker/slider approach in 2023. He’s got a starter’s frame and the breaking ball plays, but it’s an open question as to whether it’s still a major league profile or just a projection of his pedigree.
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1 day ago Bowling Green couple find missing lottery ticket worth $50K after months of searching
Mark Perdue and his wife thought they had thrown the winning ticket away until it showed up in the unlikeliest of places.
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