Thursday, January 24, 2013

Four to Keep an Eye On

DBAP, 9:08 24 Jan 2013

First Home Game: 74 Days

Lots of buzz about four new players signed by the Rays to minor league contracts, with invitations to Spring Training — Shelley Duncan, Juan Carlos Oviedo, Jamey Wright, and Juan Sandoval.

We don’t yet know too much about these guys, except for Shelley Duncan. Bulls fans have actually seen a good bit of him. He has played for either the Columbus Clippers (Indians) or the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees for much of the last five years. He’s had a good bit of major league time, mostly with Cleveland. He had a monster year with SWB in 2009 (30 HR, 99 RBI), but he’s 31 now and you’d think the Rays are still looking for a DH bat. Nevertheless a good chance he could start year in Durham.

One of these, Oviedo, is coming off Tommy John surgery and is likely to start well below the Bulls in the system. We’ll have to see about the other two.

Rays Colored Glasses take is here; The Process Report took a look here and here.

This gives Bulls fans four more guys to keep an eye on as Spring Training progresses.

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