Minus Andrew Friedman, Rays' vision still lives with Matt Silverman

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In his first day as the Tampa Bay Rays' president of baseball operations, Matt Silverman spent about 10 hours with his head pressed against a phone. His ear hurt. His elbow turned sore. On Tuesday, he had received a taste of his new professional life as the man tabbed to take over baseball operations after Andrew Friedman. Silverman's former colleague...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 Prospects

The Tampa Bay Rays farm system has been depleted by promotions for players such as Wil Myers, Matt Moore, and Chris Archer. Guerrieri is talented, but has character issues that may impede his development. Odorizzi, Colome, and Romero are solid pitchers who should become middle to back-end starters. Lee is coming off of a knee injury and is difficult to project. 1. Taylor Guerrieri...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Clippers fall to Bulls, 7-5

COLUMBUS, OH – Comebacks can make for exciting games, but they also make life difficult for the teams trying to complete them. The Columbus Clippers (22-23) came from behind not once, but twice on Thursday night, but they fell one comeback short in a 7-5 loss to the Durham Bulls (27-21) at Huntington Park. The Clippers dug themselves into an early hole by allowing two runs in the...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Top 10 Prospects: Tampa Bay Rays

The strength of the Rays organization is depth. The club lacks a true impact talent at the top of this list, although both Taylor Guerrieri and Hak-Ju Lee have the tools to be outstanding players if they can put injuries behind them. #1 Jake Odorizzi | 55/MLB (P) Age IP K/9 BB/9 GB% ERA FIP xFIP […]
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospect Video: Hak-Ju Lee

Kiley shares video of Rays shortstop prospect and center piece of the Matt Garza deal, Hak-Ju Lee.
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

A Minor Review of 2013: Rays

There is always a bit of a lull between the end of the minor league playoffs in September and the start of the annual top prospects lists in early November. Because of that gap, I’m breathing new life into an old feature that I wrote for the site in FanGraphs’ infancy back in 2008 and 2009. The series ‘A Minor Review of 2013′ will look back on some of the major happenings...
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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Could the Mets be the Rays of the future?

One look at the Rays’ farm system and it’s enough to make anyone jealous: Wil Myers – Ranked 4th Overall Taylor Guerreri – Ranked 41st Overall Jake Odorizzi – Ranked 42nd Overall Chris Archer – Ranked 43rd Overall Hak Ju Lee – Ranked 53rd Overall Not to mention: Enny Romero, Blake Snell, Mike Montgomery, Mikie Mahtook, Alex Colome, and Tim Beckham The Rays...
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May 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays prospect Hak-Ju Lee injures knee, will likely miss rest of season

During Saturday night's Durham Bulls-Norfolk Tides game, Tampa Bay Rays shortstop prospect Hak-Ju Lee of Durham suffered a gruesome looking knee injury in the fourth inning. LJ Hoes of Norfolk hit a grounder to second baseman Tim Beckham, who flipped to Lee at short to try to turn a double play. Travis Ishikawa of the Tides slid into second base, and his head collided with Lee...
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April 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays pull out a win against the Twins

The Rays were on the verge of dropping a second straight game when they played the Minnesota Twins Tuesday afternoon. But an eighth inning rally completed their comeback to win 8-5. Starting pitcher Matt Moore started a bit shaky after giving up two runs in the first inning. He would be unable to get out of the third inning with two outs and finished his outing with two runs, two...
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March 05, 2013  |  Discuss

The starting lineups: Red Sox vs. Rays

A part of me hopes that today's game against the Rays has a little extra "something" at some point during game play. It's always fun to see rival teams, especially within the division going at it in spring training. I believe it sets the mood for the season. I can always hope right? Here are today's starting lineups and pitchers for the 1:35pm game at JetBlue...
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February 23, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Minor League Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2012 (11) | 2011 (3) | 2010 (1) | 2009 (4) | 2008 (1) 2012 Affiliate Records MLB: [90-72] AL East AAA: [66-78] International League – Durham AA: [74-63] Southern League – Montgomery A+: [55-79] Florida State League – Charlotte A: [80-60] Midwest League – Bowling Green A(ss): [52-24] New York-Penn League — Hudson Valley...
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February 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Top 15 Prospects (2012-13)

The Rays continue to have one of the best farm systems in Major League Baseball, both in terms of high ceiling talent and depth. The off-season trade that added Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard added to the Rays’ embarrassment of riches.   #1 Wil Myers (OF) Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA 21 591 165 26 37 61 140 6 .316 .389 .602 .425...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Tim Beckham Has Left The Building

After the Rays traded for Yunel Escobar, I began working on a piece discussing prospect ETA’s and how off-season moves affected players like Tim Beckham. In it, I closed the door on Beckham and the Rays due to Ben Zobrist and his team friendly contract manning second base for the next three seasons. With each read, I re-worked and lightened my wording because of Zobrist’s ability...
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December 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Dodgers new Yankees in MLB

Teams cannot be trusted when they say they are "out" on certain players, but the Rangers are fairly insistent that they will not trade one of their two young shortstops, Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar, for Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton. If that is indeed the case - and if the Rangers cannot find some other way to structure a deal for Upton - then the Rays might...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Prime Nine: Tampa Bay Rays

As recently as a year ago, Andrew Friedman was the resident genius in baseball. This was especially true when it came to building a farm system. It’s a lot easier to build a farm system when you have one of the top picks in the draft every season. Since 2008, they have not picked in the top twenty at any time because of their success on the field. They have been able...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB.com Top Ten Shortstop Prospects

Today brings the shortstop prospects according to Jonathan Mayo and MLB.com. Unlike the other positions, hardballchat.com and MLB.com are in complete agreement on the top ten shortstop prospects. So, maybe we aren’t completely off our rocker here. As we saw with the other positions, remember that the rankings are based on Mayo’s opinions before the season. 1) Manny...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Reviewing the Top 100 Prospects List, 25-1

We’re wrapping up the review of my pre-season Fangraphs Top 100 Prospects list. You can read the previous three parts of this series by clicking the links below: Prospects 100-76 Prospects 75-51 Prospects 50-26 25. Arodys Vizcaino, RHP, Atlanta: Vizcaino was haunted by elbow injuries in previous years and finally succumbed to Tommy John surgery at the beginning of the year. He...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Top Ten Shortstop Prospects Update #3

Some shortstops are on the move within their organizations and there are bound to be a few on the move to other organizations as we near the trade deadline. The July deadline is the best time for teams near the basement to restock their farm system with good young players. As the clock nears zero, we will see some of these guys in new uniforms. Javier Baez– Chicago...
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July 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Obligatory Thread Overflow Post

Blah, blah, blah...I've been swamped and despite the recent not terrible baseball being played, the Cubs don't give me enough reasons to make sure I watch a game. So I have little to offer today other than a quick recap of Baseball America's recent chat about their midseason Top 50 list which includes one Cub at #25 - Javier Baez (and one former Cub in Hak-Ju Lee at ...
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July 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor Accomplishments for Week 12

By the numbers, Manny Machado struggled through his first two months of Double-A baseball.  It seemed like most nights I looked at Bowie’s box, Machado’s line was 0-fer.  But then I’d read something from the O’s about how his current production was of no concern, that he was tweaking his approach, that scouts are still encouraged.  Still, it’s hard not to be a little...
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July 01, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB Power Rankings: 06/25/2012

Here are this week’s power rankings. Again, the Rangers are at the top and the Twins are at the bottom. The scores come from a weighed average of a teams record, run differential, and farm system. Record holds the most weight and farm system the least. Editor’s Note: This was supposed to go live yesterday afternoon, but due to a glitch, it got locked in post purgatory. The numbers...
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June 26, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB Power Rankings: 06/18/2012

After another Inter-League weekend, we’re back with a new power rankings. Small shuffling at the top and nothing changed at the bottom. Rank Team Record Pythagorean System Total Last Week 1 Texas Rangers 28 30 28 57.3 1 40 – 27 43 – 24 Jurickson Profar 2 Los Angeles Dodgers 30 29 7 51.7 3 42 – 25 40 –...
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June 18, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB Power Rankings: 06/11/2012

The Rangers continue to roll on, while the Dodgers and Nationals continue to battle for second. At the other end, the Padres, Cubs, and Twins continue to keep the bottom 3 spots. The rankings come from weighed scores for each teams record, pythagorean record (based off run differential), and their farm system. Record holds the most weight while the farm system holds the least. ...
Via 85% Sports
June 11, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB Power Rankings: 06/04/2012

We’ve seen a couple of fallers this week, along with a Chicago team heating up. Rank Team Record Pythagorean System Total Last Week 1 Texas Rangers 29 30 29 58.7 1 32 – 22 35 – 19 Jurickson Profar The Rangers are a juggernaut right now. 2 Los Angeles Dodgers 30 27 9 51.0 2 33 – 21 31 – 23 Zach Lee...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Top Ten Shortstop Prospects Update #2

There have been some interesting developments in the shortstop world. One of these players recently got the call to the big leagues while others have taken a step back. Everything is in a state of flux in the prospect world, so let’s see who’s stock is going up and who’s stock is going down. Javier Baez– Chicago Cubs (A-) PA: 10 AVG: .222 OBP: .300 SLG: .222...
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June 01, 2012  |  Discuss
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