More on the new Rays
Four of the players acquired in the Matt Garza deal with the Cubs will be added to the Rays 40-man roster, and thus invited to spring training: Pitcher Chris Archer, catcher Robinson Chirinos and outfielders Brandon Guyer and Sam Fuld. Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee will be in minor-league camp.
The Rays are excited about adding the players to their system, and here are some excerpts of executive VP Andrew Friedman’s comments on the new additions:
“He has an athletic delivery and plus stuff. … He has all the makings to be a good starting pitcher in the American League East. .. We’ve heard great things about the makeup and the way he competes. .. . He’ll slot in very well with the pitching prospects that we have coming,’’
“A catcher who’s recently converted (from infielder) who really works hard at his craft, and it’s shown in his progression from last year to this year. … He’s turning himself into a very good defensive catcher with a lot of skills at the plate. … He is a very disciplined hitter, good contact skills and good gap power. ..He’s someone we feel like will help us down the road at a position that is very difficult to acquire good players.’’
“An outfielder who’s got plus tools. … A very good football player in high school, plus runner, really good contact skills, a plus defender. … Had kind of a coming-out party this year at Double-A. .. We feel like has ability to help us win games.’’
“A plus defender at shortstop with plus-plus foot speed. …A left-handed hitter with really good contact skills, good discipline. … The question is how much power will he have. ,.. He’s a young guy who was 19 in low-A last year and he’s getting more physically mature each year. … We feel he has a chance to be a really good player down the line.’’
“He has a very interesting profile. … A plus defender in the three outfield spots. …. Really good contact skills and exceptional plate discipline. … His performance is very, very even against right- and left-handed pitching. … We feel like he has a chance to help us in a myriad of ways.’’