Rays search for better success in the first round as another draft approaches

Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock. Andrew Friedman wants better results. Criticism is fair, he says. The Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft should be the bloodline of any developmental system, but for the Tampa Bay Rays, returns have run dry when talking about the club's first-round picks after 2008. Fact: Infielder Tim Beckham, the first overall pick in 2008, stands...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays lose in 12; split series with Yankees

The Tampa Bay Rays have been inconsistent throughout the first month of the season, and this trend continued in their series against the AL East leading New York Yankees. The Rays lost 5-1 in a twelve-inning game on Sunday afternoon. Joe Maddon decided to have CJ Riefenhauser intentionally walk Jacoby Ellsbury to load the bases, and face Dean Anna with two outs. Riefenhauser then...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Notebook: Rays don't consider Desmond Jennings' groin injury to be serious

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon says there's no reason for alarm with outfielder Desmond Jennings, but the team has taken a cautious approach. On Saturday, Maddon said Jennings has dealt with a groin injury sustained in the first inning of the Rays' loss to the Baltimore Orioles last Monday at Camden Yards. Jennings was available off the bench for...
Via Fox Sports Florida
April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

C.J. Riefenhauser Talks Pitching, the Rays, and the Coming Season

"C.J.! C.J.! C.J.!" A crowd of about 100 people started developing in the section behind me at Citi Field during the 2013 All-Star Futures Game. It was between innings, and the announcers had just told the crowd that a new pitcher would be entering the game for the U.S. Team. "C.J.! C.J.! C.J.!" At the time, I hadn't heard of C.J. Riefenhauser, the left...
Via The Sports Post
February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospect Video: C.J. Riefenhauser

Kiley shares video of one of the top relief prospects in the Rays system, lefty C.J. Riefenhauser.
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Riefenhauser among four Rays added to 40 man roster

Per Marc Topkin, the Rays have added four players to the 40 man roster: Infielder Vince Belnome, right-handed pitchers Jesse Hahn and Kirby Yates and left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser will be headed to big league spring training with the Rays. The 40 man roster now stands at 37 in advance of next month's Rule 5 draft. All four players would have been eligible to be taken...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 20, 2013  |  Discuss
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