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Rays add three more pitchers to spring training roster

Left-hander Brian Moran has big-league time, and a memorable debut when he faced his brother.
Left-handed pitcher Brian Moran has previous big-league experience with the Marlins and Blue Jays.
Left-handed pitcher Brian Moran has previous big-league experience with the Marlins and Blue Jays. [ JEFFREY T. BARNES | AP ]
Published Feb. 11

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have added three more relief pitchers to their spring training roster on minor-league deals.

One, lefty Brian Moran, has previous big-league experience with the Marlins and Blue Jays. The other two, both right-handers, have only gotten as far as Triple-A: Stetson Allie with the Dodgers, Louis Head with the Indians and Dodgers.

Moran, 32, made a memorable big-league debut on Sept. 5, 2019, pitching for the Marlins against the Pirates, as the second batter he faced was his younger brother, Colin. Brian struck out Colin during a four-batter fourth inning and ended up getting the win as the Marlins rallied from a three-run deficit.

In a pro career that dates back to 2009 and includes independent league stints, Moran pitched 17 games in the majors over parts of two seasons, compiling a 2-0, 6.55 record.

Allie, 29, reached the Triple-A level during the 2017-19 seasons. Overall in 115 pitching appearances over 118-2/3 innings, he is 8-5, 6.52 with 149 strikeouts and 112 walks (though only 100 hits). He was also used as an outfielder and corner infielder early in his career, having been a second-round pick by the Pirates in 2010.

Head, 30, came up with the Indians and spent 2017-18 at Triple-A, then joined the Dodgers in 2019 and made it again to Triple-A. In 294 minor-leagues games, he is 19-19, 3.67 over 410 innings with 427 strikeouts and 148 walks.

Having recently signed right-handers Hunter Strickland and Seminole native Joey Krehbiel, the Rays have 60 players on their spring roster, with camp opening next week.