Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

MLB Network ranks Rays' Kiermaier surprisingly low among MLB centerfielders

PORT CHARLOTTE — CF Kevin Kiermaier is considered by many the best defensive centerfielder in the game and has a pair of Gold Gloves to prove it, plus an improving offensive portfolio.

But he was ranked only the ninth best centerfielder in the game by MLB Network, which takes "into account player performance over several seasons with an emphasis on 2016, a number of offensive and defensive metrics both advanced and traditional, and projected performance for the upcoming season."

Kiermaier, who missed two months with a broken hand, hit .246-12-37, with a .741 OPS.

The Network rankings looked more favorably on new Rays C Wilson Ramos, the free-agent addition from Washington who is recovering from knee surgery.

Ramos was ranked fourth, behind Buster Posey (Giants), Jonathan Lucroy (Rangers) and Yasmani Grandal (Dodgers) and ahead of stars such as 5. Russell Martin (Blue Jays), 6. Yadier Molina (Cardinals) and 9. Salvador Perez (Royals).

Odorizzi vs. Rays

RHP Jake Odorizzi sat in on his three-hour arbitration hearing Tuesday at a St. Petersburg hotel, listening to an outside attorney repping the team say why he was only worth the $3.825 million they offered and agent Jason Wood argue for the $4.1 million he requested. Rays baseball operations president Matt Silverman was there, too. A ruling is expected today.

Roll call

39 of the 41 rostered pitchers and catchers were in camp. Besides Odorizzi, the other absentee was Ramos. The free-agent addition has been rehabbing from knee surgery in south Florida, and is expected by Wednesday, with Rays officials not too concerned.

New faces

A contact with rehabbing RHP Nathan Eovaldi could be finalized as soon as today. The Rays have to drop or trade someone to make room on the 40-man roster, then can Eovaldi and move him to the 60-day DL and will then have an open spot. The Rays also are talking with free-agent RHP Tommy Hunter and C Matt Wieters.

Quote of the day

"I pulled up before the clubbies were here and had to leave because the doors were locked."

RHP Jake Faria, who was scolded last spring by RHP Chris Archer for not being early enough to camp.

Spring things

. An unexpected Monday visitor was Todd Kalas, who left the Rays TV broadcast team after 19 seasons for the chance to be the play-by-play man for the Astros and wanted to say some goodbyes.

. With a longer camp, some Rays pitchers will get an extra third day between mound sessions. Among those slated to throw today are Cobb, Odorizzi and LHPs Blake Snell and Xavier Cedeno.

Better than Outlaw?

Per the MLB Network's "Top 10 Center Fielders Right Now!" show, these are the centerfielders considered better than Kiermaier, with 2016 offensive totals:

1. Mike Trout, Angels .315-29-100, .991 OPS

2. Christian Yelich, Marlins .298-21-98, .859

3. George Springer, Astros .261-29-81, .815

4. Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox .267-26-87, .835

5. A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks* .315-20-76, .865

6. Adam Eaton, Nationals .284-14-59, .790

7. Lorenzo Cain, Royals .287-9-56, .747

8. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies .324-29-82, .933

* 2015 stats; missed most of 2016 with an injury

The dish

Today's first workout for pitchers and catchers starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road), lasting about 2 hours. Admission and parking are free. Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. For more information: (941) 235-5025

MLB Network ranks Rays' Kiermaier surprisingly low among MLB centerfielders 02/13/17 [Last modified: Monday, February 13, 2017 9:11pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Cue the Scott Frost to Nebraska speculation

    Blogs

    Nebraska shook up the college sports world Thursday afternoon when it fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst.

    And that should scare UCF fans.

  2. USF defense feeds on Temple offense to take NCAA interceptions lead

    College

    TAMPA — Backed up in his end zone, Temple quarterback Logan Marchi scrambled, trying to elude a USF defensive end coming straight for him. Until then, Marchi hadn't had much luck hitting his receivers.

    South Florida Bulls safety Devin Abraham (20) sacks Temple Owls quarterback Logan Marchi (12) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, September 21, 2017.
  3. No. 21 USF Bulls roll over Temple to stay undefeated

    College

    TAMPA — They emerged from Raymond James Stadium's southwest tunnel on the 11-month anniversary of their public humiliation at Temple.

    Bulls tailback Darius Tice, who rushes for 117 yards, is elated by his 47-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter for a 10-0 lead.
  4. Fennelly: USF thrashes Temple to stay unbeaten; too bad not many saw it in person

    College

    TAMPA

    No. 21 USF ran its record to 4-0 Thursday night with some payback against Temple, a 43-7 trouncing, no contest, as if anyone cares, at least judging by the paltry crowd at Raymond James Stadium. Where was everybody?

    Bulls cornerback Deatrick Nichols (3) celebrates with teammates after making a defensive play during the first half.
  5. Former Ray Tim Beckham's over being traded, or is he?

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — As the Rays reunited Thursday with Tim Beckham for the first time since he was dealt July 31 to Baltimore, it became very clear that not everything in assessing the trade is as it appears.

    Tim Beckham, here in action Monday against the Red Sox, has hit .310, with 10 homers and 26 RBIs since going to the Orioles.