Eduardo A. Encina, Bucs and Pro Sports Enterprise Reporter

Eduardo A. Encina

Bucs and Pro Sports Enterprise Reporter

I’m back for my second stint at the Tampa Bay Times. You may recognize my byline from back in the day when I covered the Rays, Lightning and high school sports. After seven years working in my hometown of Baltimore as the lead Orioles writer at The Baltimore Sun, I’m back covering the Bucs and providing pro sports enterprise. If you have a story idea, email me, tweet me or send me a three-eyed raven. When I’m not working, I’m likely outside hiking (preferably out of cell-phone range), getting charged by a mountain goat, Instagramming my food, plotting my second career as an astronaut or taking hacks at the nearest indoor batting cage.

Is this the dawning of a new Rays era of contention?

Joey Wendle (18), acquired from Oakland in December 2017 after he was designated for assignment, enters the 2019 season as an integral and versatile part of Tampa Bay's contention hopes. TAILYR IRVINE  | Times
How a renovated farm system and moves of 2018 and 2019 put Tampa Bay in position to compete again.

Rays final bullpen spots coming into focus

Emilio Pagan, seen here pitching in an earlier spring training game, is competing for the final bullpen spot on the team's Opening Day roster.
The team optioned reliever Hunter Wood to the minors, taking one candidate out of the fold for the bullpen.

Rays journal: Kiermaier goes deep in loss to Phillies

CHRIS URSO   |   TimesTampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) warms-up prior to a Spring Training game against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday, March 11, 2019 in Clearwater.
The Rays center fielder has hit some balls hard this spring, but didnít hit his first spring training homer until Monday off Jake Arrieta

Rays journal: Tyler Glasnow wraps up spring training feeling better about process than statline

TAILYR IRVINE   |   TimesTyler Glasnow (20) pitches during the Tampa Bay Rays full-squad spring training workout at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.
Glasnow allowed four runs in four innings against the Braves on Sunday, but his work is about more than numbers.

Rule 5 pick Sam McWilliams returned to Rays

Former Rays pitcher Sam McWilliams was suited up and tabbed to play in the Royals organization this season after Kansas City plucked him from Tampa Bay in the Rule 5 draft. After McWilliams had a rough spring, the Royals literally gave him back to the Rays. [AP Photo/Charlie Riedel]
Acquired by Tampa Bay in Souza trade, McWilliams was the second pick in the Rule 5 draft.