Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday System Notes

Mike WlodarczykOne of the Rays is blogging about his experiences in the AFL:

"Greetings baseball fans. Thanks for joining me this week as we
open the 2008 Arizona Fall League season. For those of you who don't
know me, I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.
My name is Mike Wlodarczyk, and I am coming to you from Peoria,
Arizona as I represent the Tampa Bay Rays organization while playing
for the Peoria Javelinas.
Now that we're caught up, I'd like to give you an inside look at
what's been going on in the weeks leading up to now.
Following the end of the regular season in early September, I had
about three weeks to relax at home before reporting to St. Petersburg
on the 25th. There we worked out with our instructional league team
for a handful of days in preparation for the first fall league workout
on October 2nd after flying in on the 1st."

In the AFL today, four Rays are in the starting lineup for the Peoria Javelinas (3-0) as they face the Peoria Saguaros (3-0) in a battle between the only two unbeaten teams in the AFL. Lineup:

Russo LF
Turner 2B
Miranda DH
Hughes, R 1B
Valaika SS
Halman CF
Hall RF
Spring C
Green 3B
SP is Townsend

In the Venezuelan Winter League, Caracas native RHRP Jose Angel Mejias (Columbus in 2008) has been added to the roster of the Leones del Caracas, joining Ben Hendrickson and John Jaso.

If you're like me and plan to make a trip to see the Princeton Rays next year, their schedule should be available the 3rd week of December.

Charlotte CountyOur new A+ affiliate, Charlotte County (replacing Vero Beach), is putting more than $27 million worth of renovations into Charlotte Sports Park. When renovations are finished, there will be more than 5,100 fixed seats with ultra-comfortable, theater-style seats in the upper and lower levels. Other features include a Baseball Boardwalk (pic) which is a walkway around the entire stadium, a Tiki Hut bar behind the fence in left-center, new press boxes, 5 luxury suites, four main concession stands, a brand new clubhouse that spans more than 45,000 square feet, state-of-the-art weight rooms, training rooms, hydrotherapy pools, player lounges, and new administrative offices for front office staff. You can click here to take a virtual tour of the ballpark renovations.

And finally, today's game against the Phillies was the Rays' final Florida Instructional League game.


  1. AFL update: Through four innings the Javelinas are down 3-0. Wade Townsend is done, final line 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR.

  2. 2nd AFL update: Through seven innings the Javelinas are losing 7-3.

    LHRP Michael Wlodarczyk worked a great 1.1 IP in relief: 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO. Something tells me his blog will be updated tonight! Good work Mike.

    RHRP Ryan Reid came in to strike out the only batter he faced in the bottom of the 7th. He may come back out for the 8th.

  3. Final update: The Javelinas (3-1) lost to the Saguaros (4-0) 7-5. Rhyne Hughes went 1-5 with a run scored and 3 SO's. J.T. Hall went 2-4 with an RBI. Matt Spring was 1-3 with an RBI, a BB, and a SO. Wade Townsend started and went 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR. Michael Wlodarczyk relieved and went 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO. Ryan Reid also came on in relief and went 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO.