Kevin Cash took the Tampa Bay Rays back into the post-season last year. Prior to the 2019 World Series bid, the Rays had not been in the playoffs since 2013. Now coming into an entirely new season, Cash is excited for what he has seen from certain players all throughout spring training.
The Rays acquired this Japanese star in the past off-season. After a fifteen-hour flight, the new guy was ready to work. Tampa has been known for utilizing players in multiple positions, and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo is that utility player. In his time in the overseas leagues, he was first and third base as well as left field.
Thus far in spring training, he has played in eight games batting just shy of .300. However, in 2019, he compiled a total of 126 hits and 79 RBIs.
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Towering in at 6’8, Tyler Glasnow enters 2020 after a season where his name was not only thrown into the mix of Cy Young candidates but also spent months on the injured list. Still, his limited time on the mound was enough to not just capture Rays fans, but the entire baseball community.
“I thought he looked really really good. The irony is the gun works on his day so of course he’s going to try to break it throwing it so hard…but whether you’re sitting behind him, off to the side of him, next to him, his stuff is just awesome.” – Tampa Bay Rays Skipper
In his first spring training appearance, he threw 13 pitches all with an exit velocity over 97 mph. With that kind of speed, Glasnow’s name may yet again be tossed in the hat for the infamous Cy Young Award.
Ryan Yarbrough was acquired by the Rays in 2018, pitching the last two seasons. In his time with Tampa, he posted a 4.18 ERA with 11 wins and six losses. The Lakeland native has a chance to slide himself into the pitching rotation for the new season.
The Rays are now a little under three weeks away for their 2020 debut. They take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in an inner-league opening day on March 26 at Tropicana Field. With returning stars and new up-and-comers, the Florida team is eager to prove once again that they are a postseason team.