It looks like the Rays aren’t going to make too many more moves before the start of the season, so the stats here are even less meaningful than they have been. Box scores from the minor league games are not available and I don’t think that they’d tell us much anyhow.
So I think I’ll give up on this series and go back to trying to chase down a couple more of the guys we aren’t going to see this year, notably Josh Johnson, Nathan Haynes, and Jorge Velandia. Pretty sure I’ve found them.
If you’re wondering about the Bulls roster, the International League website has this about the Bulls upcoming season. I’ll probably have my own ideas in a week or so, or maybe just wait until they show up on April 9th.
DURHAM BULLS ROTATION TAKING SHAPE: With arguably baseball’s top prospect David Price optioned yesterday to Durham, the Bulls rotation is nearly set. Price will more than likely be rejoined by righties Mitch Talbot and Wade Davis. Former major leaguer Carlos Hernandez, who is coming back from
shoulder troubles, is expected to join Triple-A newcomer James Houser in the Bulls starting five. If this turns out to be Durham’s rotation, three of the five starters to begin the year will be lefties.
PEN PERFECT: The bullpen certainly has the ability to be one of Durham’s strengths to start 2009. The following pitchers were in major league camp and have been either optioned to Durham or assigned to minor league camp: Winston Abreu, Jason Childers, Randy Choate, Dewon Day, Julio
DePaula, Chad Orvella, and Dale Thayer. Every member of that group has either MLB experience or is currently on the Rays 40-man roster.
IN THE FIELD: The following players are still in MLB camp with the Rays, but are expected to be part of Durham’s roster: Michel Hernandez, Chris Richard, Ray Sadler and Jon Weber. Reid Brignac, John Jaso, Elliott Johnson, and Justin Ruggiano were optioned to Durham yesterday, along
WELCOME BACK: Bulls Manager Charlie Montoyo returned to camp late last week. Montoyo was a coach on Team Puerto Rico in the World