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More info on the new Rays — and a big cat



Meet the new Rays

Matt Duffy, inf

Bats/throws: Right

Age: 26

Born/lives: Long Beach, Calif.

Twitter: @mm_duffy

Professional background: 18th round draft pick 2012 by Giants ... Debuted in majors during 2014 season, played on World Series team that beat Royals ... Second in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2015, hitting .295 with 12 homer, 77 RBI, .762 OPS ... Has played all four infield positions. ... Strained left Achilles tendon during June series at Trop, expected back next week.

Personal background: Grew up Long Beach, attending Lakewood High and then Long Beach State, where Evan Longoria played ... Believer in The Mental Keys to Hitting , written by sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman ... Nicknamed Duffman, like the Simpsons character.

What you have to know: Has a big cat named Skeeter, slimmed down from 36 pounds to 25, that has its own Twitter account @duffcat35

Other players acquired

From Giants for Matt Moore

SS Lucius Fox: 19-year-old Class A player, athletic, switch-hitter with speed, still raw as a baseball player. Circumvented draft rules to get $6-million as international free agent in 2015. Ranked No. 4 prospect in Giants system by Baseball America. Hitting .207 for Augusta with 25 steals.

RHP Michael Santos: 21-year-old ranked 19th in Giants system, is 9-9, 2.84 over parts of four minor-league seasons.

From Orioles for INF Steve Pearce

C Jonah Heim: 4th-round pick in 2013 known for strong defense but thus far unproven bat ... Was an invite to big-league camp this spring, made a solid impression on Buck Showalter and some comparisons to Matt Wieters in build and style. Ranked best defensive catcher and No. 15 prospect in Orioles system ... Hitting .216 with 7 homers, 30 RBIs at Class A Frederick.

From Indians for OF Brandon Guyer 

OF Nathan Lukes: 2015 7th-round pick from Cal-State Sacramento ... 22-year-old lefty swinger hitting .299 with five homers at two Class A levels ... Pronounced (LOO-kis).

RHP Jhonleider Salinas: 20-year-old rookie ball pitcher averaging 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings ... Signed from Venezuela ... Pronounced (yo-LAHN-der).



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