Wednesday, August 17, 2011

This And That

Ryan Reid
Moves: Durham has placed RHP Ryan Reid on the temporarily inactive list; OF Matt Carson has been activated from the Durham DL; RHSP Albert Suarez has been activated from the Charlotte DL following a rehab stint with the GCL Rays; RHP Nelson Arguila has been assigned to the DSL Rays.

Michael Lewis profiled Princeton reliever 36/1110 David Kubiak:
Kubiak, 22, is in his first season after he was drafted by the Rays in June following a career at the University of Albany. So, it has been an eye-opener.

“To play Division I baseball, you see a lot of good talent,” he said. “There’s some teams that you see are a lot better than other teams. Some players really standout. It’s funny how you really haven’t seen one person or anything that doesn’t stand out to be here because everyone is just very, very good. Every player makes the routine plays look routine. They look so athletic and everybody is so fast here. That is a little bit of a change.”

Through last weekend’s games, the 6-7, 245 pound right-hander has a 2-2 record with a 3.80 ERA, striking out 29 and walking only four in 21 innings over 12 appearances. He has allowed four homers.

“I really didn’t change too much my pitching approach,” Kubiak said. “I don’t throw 95, so I’m not going to throw the ball by anybody. I kind of just pitch to contact. I have been doing pretty well with that.”

Will Hammock had this from 1s/59 Grayson Garvin on negotiations and his health:
Baseball America reported that Garvin received a $370,000 signing bonus, below the slot value of that spot of $614,700, because the Rays were concerned with something in his medical report from a 2009 injury. The whole negotiation process showed the 6-foot-6, 220-pounder a different side of baseball.

"The negotiation was kind of unexpected," Garvin said. "As an amateur athlete, you don't see that business side of it. My eyes were kind of opened a little bit to that."
He earned Cape Cod League pitcher of the year honors in the summer of 2010, rebounding from arm pain that flared up in 2009. "I feel great now," Garvin said. "I haven't had any problems this year or last year or in the summer. I fully expect it not to be a problem."

Garvin expects to begin his career in Port Charlotte, Fla., with the Rays' instructional league team. He has been working out on his own this summer since Vandy's season ended, spending most of his time with Lawrenceville-based trainer Ryan Goldin.

Video profile of unsigned 13/420 Tanner English:


  1. (This is regarding the depth chart again) I see where you fixed it to Rice being the starting catching, but the LF spot needs to be fixed as well. Lyerly is the starting LF for hudson valley. He has been playing consistently since july 20th. I think he has sat out one day. If yall actually looked at other guys numbers beside your "top prospects" you would see why he is the starting left fielder. (Simply because he has been tearing it up)

  2. get used to it....they mirror BA.....I often wonder if they actually read the box scores ? either way I appreciatte there input and the time spent on developing this site....but I take most of what the site operators say with a very small grain of salt....

  3. lol i agree i appreciate what they do as well anon 5:52. i just wish they would pay more attention to other guys that are doing well and give them a little credit where credit is do :) but i do appreciate the work they do. just frustrating sometimes.

  4. I might be incorrect but I think Doug tries to do is go by the HV b-ref page looking at games played. Since Lyerly was hurt he isn't among the leaders but you're certainly right in that he's been starting and been HV's hottest hitter. No disrespect intended :)

  5. That's how I do it. When someone gets promoted I obviously have to look more closely, like when Lee went to Montgomery, I know he's the new SS. But when an org player like Lyerly starts playing more often I don't necessary notice until they move up in games played. Just don't have time.

    On that note, I think I'll switch all the teams on the depth charts to the way I'm doing the rookie league teams now. It's kind of silly to list someone as the DH when all the teams rotate who's hitting DH. Instead of a starting 9 it'll just have each position with the primary starter on top. Pitchers will remain the same.

    /very small grain of salt

  6. For your next post, Doug:

  7. Still wondering why HV pitcher Rob Dickmann was left in HV all season. Also, PC Josh Satow never promoted from Port Charlotte. Why????

  8. My guess with Dickman is that they seemed to be "stretching out" some of the relievers and using two in tandem (Such as a Floethe/Dickman combination) as one starter, getting 7+ innings from them. That may not have worked in BG or wherever a promotion would be, so could be that the Rays wanted to see how such a pairing, or different combinations would work in that role for the full season. Just a possibility.

  9. What's up with Ryan Reid being inactive?