Jays’ Dawson ready for next level

DUNEDIN, Fla. -Confidence is not a problem for Shane Dawson. Now that his body is ready he says. The Drayton Valley, Alb., native wants to build on a very successful 2015 baseball season and continue his progress through the minor-league system. “No. 1 is to stay healthy,” the 22-year-old left-handed pitcher said. “I think the […]

Rays’ Meyer living life one double at a time

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Princeton Rays first baseman, Kewby Momoru Ikaika Meyer, lives life one double at a time. Meyer, born and raised on the island of Oahu, led the NCAA in career doubles last year at Nevada-Reno with 69. He has continued the trend in the minors, with 15 doubles in his first season […]

Rays prospect wins a championship, then gets engaged

Port Charlotte, Fla. – With a College World Series win in one pocket and an engagement ring in the other, Tampa Bay Rays prospect Brian Miller had the moment of a lifetime. On the day that Vanderbilt defeated Virginia for the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Baseball Championship, the then 21-year old asked his girlfriend […]

Rays prospect Unroe uses father’s career as benchmark

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays prospect Riley Unroe is always trying to outplay his baseball pedigree. Unroe knew what he had to accomplish at each stage of his career. Having a father who had been a professional baseball player gave him the perfect benchmark. “If it was little league and he hit .500 […]

Rays top prospect throwing out the pressure

Port Charlotte, Fla. – Nick Ciuffo, the first-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays is putting all the pressure aside as a top prospect. The South Carolina native was drafted 21st overall in the 2013 Major League Baseball (MLB) June Amateur Draft by the Rays. He was the first catcher ever taken by the […]

Rays’ Sullivan hopes to catch on behind the plate

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Brett Sullivan enters his first spring training in a place he didn’t expect to be: behind the plate. The Tampa Bay Rays 17th-round selection in the 2015 draft isn’t totally unfamiliar with being a catcher, as he was a full-time backstop throughout his high school career. The 22-year-old is quite excited with the […]

Rays’ Joe McCarthy back to feeling 100 per cent

TAMPA BAY, Fla.— Joe McCarthy had to take a step back at the beginning of his professional career. The outfielder, a fifth-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays, had back surgery in his junior year of college. It caused him to change his outlook on baseball. Overcoming the physical burden of back surgery at […]

For Thomas Milone, football made his baseball better

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL— Thomas Milone, the Tampa Bay Rays third round draft pick believes that playing football in high school directly improved his game on the diamond. Despite the fact the Major League amateur draft was looming, the future outfielder chose to play football for the Masuk Panthers in his senior year.  He said the […]

Cuban catcher De La Calle dreams of playing in his homeland

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — When the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Cuban national team in Havana two weeks from now, there will be one prospect from the Florida-based baseball franchise watching with particular interest. Catcher Daniel De La Calle, currently in spring training with the Rays in Port Charlotte, left Cuba with his family […]