Monday, March 19, 2012

Five More Bulls?

*** 17 Days! ***

Five more players were sent to the Rays minor league camp and, from a Bulls fan perspective, it was all good news. I’ll be happy to see Tim Beckham, Stephen Vogt, Dane De La Rosa, Brandon Guyer, and Matt Bush in Bulls uniforms.

  • We saw a good bit of shortstop Tim Beckham at the end of last year and we’re happy to see him back this year. Taking a look at Rays’ manager Maddon’s comments, it looks like they will be expecting Beckham to spend some time at 2B this year.
  • We saw Stephen Vogt in 31 games last year, but only 6 as a catcher. It sounds like the Rays want want to see Vogt spend more time behind the plate. That means that our lineups could be wrong.
  • The Bulls will unquestionably benefit from having Dane De La Rosa in the bullpen. He was in 52 games for the Bulls last year and did a terrific job.
  • We also really like the idea of Brandon Guyer being back in town. He played in 107 games for the Bulls last year. Great to have him in a Bulls uniform.
  • We’ve never seen RH reliever Matt Bush pitch. This is his third year in the Rays system and, if he sticks with the Bulls, it will be his first in AAA. He's got a bit of a back-story that we'll get around to telling one of these days.
Note that all except Beckham are on the Rays 40-man roster.

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