Sunday, June 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays pitching prospect Stanek hits 101 mph

Number of the day

101 Miles per hour, per the Joker Marchant Stadium scoreboard in Lakeland, of a pitch by minor-leaguer Ryne Stanek, the Rays' 2013 first-round pick. The right-hander allowed a run on six hits, walked two and struck out three in four innings against the Tigers. "Pretty impressive, really impressive," manager Kevin Cash said. "You hear about the big arm, and you hear about a lot of guys that have big arms, but to see a kid come in throwing 100 mph like every other pitch, it's impressive."

Draft room debuts

Among new features at the Trop, the Rays are opening the "Republic Bank Draft Room," a lounge-style area on the third-base side mezzanine for season ticket holders and their guests, featuring pregame and postgame entertainment, craft beers and themed food items, plus special access to Rays players, staff, alumni and local personalities.

Meet the Rays

The always entertaining Tampa Bay Times Meet the Rays video series is now posted online at tbtim.es/meettherays. Hear from Chris Archer, Kevin Kiermaier, Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison, plus a half-dozen others and manager Kevin Cash, about everything from their favorite shows to binge watching to dream vacation spots to time killers on their phone. Plus, there is a bonus video on just exactly what the other players think of Archer's wild hair.

Rays roster

A look at the 30 players remaining on the spring roster:

Pitchers (16): Chris Archer, Andrew Bellatti, Brad Boxberger (DL), LH Xavier Cedeno, Alex Cobb, Alex Colome (DL), LH Dana Eveland, Danny Farquhar, Steve Geltz, LH Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi, Erasmo Ramirez, LH Enny Romero, Drew Smyly, Ryan Webb, Chase Whitley (DL)

Catchers (2): Curt Casali, Hank Conger

Infielders (6): Tim Beckham, Logan Forsythe, Evan Longoria, Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, Steve Pearce

Outfielders (6): Corey Dickerson, Brandon Guyer, Desmond Jennings, Kevin Kiermaier, Mikie Mahtook, Steven Souza Jr.

Heads-up

MLB rules forbid teams from having a workout the day before their season-opener, but Cash and the coaches will "be available" at the Trop today if any players want to hit, run or throw.

On deck

Start of regular season

Sunday: vs. Blue Jays, Tropicana Field, 4:05. Rays — Chris Archer; Jays — Marcus Stroman

Monday: vs. Jays, 7:10. Rays — Drew Smyly; Jays — R.A. Dickey

Tuesday: vs. Jays, 7:10. Rays — Jake Odorizzi; Jays — Aaron Sanchez

Wednesday: vs. Jays, 1:10. Rays — Matt Moore; Jays — J.A. Happ

Marc Topkin and Joey Knight, Times staff writers

Friday's Rays box scores, 5C

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