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 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’ 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 […]

Rays catcher doesn’t consider later stint a comeback

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – A lifelong dream that Blake Grant-Parks achieved at 17 disappeared months later. The robust catcher was originally drafted in 2011 by the Tampa Bay Rays’ organization but did not sign because of a right shoulder labral tear that required surgery, ultimately axing the deal. The trying time proved to be a […]

Rays’ Goetzman overcomes injuries, loss to continue career

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla—It’s been a roller-coaster ride for one Tampa Bay Ray prospect who has faced adversity. Granden Goetzman, a left-fielder who has played the last four season with the Rays minor-league organization, was drafted right out of high school in 2011 where he was taken in the second round. The 22 year old has […]