Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Last Year's Durham Bulls: Knowns and Unknowns, Position Players

We know that 62 ballplayers are at the Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training. What we don't know is who else is there in Port Charlotte at the minor league training camp. So here's a brief list of the 2010 Bulls, the number of games they were in for the Bulls, and what we know about them for 2011, if anything.
  • Justin Ruggiano, 117 games, Durham Bulls
  • Chris Richard, 117 games, Retired
  • Fernando Perez, 116 games, Chicago Cubs/Iowa Cubs
  • Angel Chavez, 113 games, Bridgeport Bluefish
  • Elliot Johnson, 109 games, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Desmond Jennings, 109 games, Durham Bulls
  • Dan Johnson, 98 games, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Joe Dillon, 96 games, Retired
  • J.J. Furmaniak, 77 games, Durham Bulls
  • Jose Lobaton, 72 games, Durham Bulls
  • Alvin Colina, 51 games, Lancaster Barnstormers
  • Ryan Shealy, 30 games, Blue Jays
  • Dioner Navarro, 43 games, LA Dodgers
  • Omar Luna, 40 games, Durham Bulls
  • Rashad Eldridge, 34 games, ????
  • Leslie Anderson, 28 games, Durham Bulls
  • Hank Blalock, 26 games, ????
Any help out there regarding Chris Richard, Joe Dillon, Alvin Colina, Omar Luna, or Rashad Eldridge? Any or all of them could be with Rays organization, just not non-roster invitees.

Update 1: Although I'm not absolutely certain, I think it will be safe to change Chris Richard and Joe Dillon to "retired".

Update 2: In the very large category of "things I don't know about baseball", it turns out that minor leaguers without invites to Spring Training are not yet in camp. Omar Luna is expected to be there.

Update 3: April 19, changes italicized.


  1. Well, Richard is going to be at Bulls' Fanfest next weekend, so presumably he's with the team in some capacity.

  2. Well, if he's to be at the fanfest, then he's not in any kind of spring training. So I'll probably update this a "retired". On the other hand, must mean that he's got some kind of relationship with the Bulls if not with the Rays. Probably a good thing for him.

  3. I see Alvin Colina has signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Atlantic League. They don't seem to be affiliated with any major league team. I hope he does well.

  4. Thanks. I agree. Like him as a player.