Guillermo and Goodbyes

Guillermo and Goodbyes

I was in a Starbucks somewhere between Kent and Federal Way in the summer of 2016, when the Mariners announced they were calling Guillermo Heredia up to the majors. The shop was sandwiched in an industrial business park, with construction for blocks and scarcely anything but beige buildings as far as

Could Brandon Lowe be the next Nelson Cruz?

Could Brandon Lowe be the next Nelson Cruz?

Here’s something I just got irrationally excited about: Statcast data suggests our rookie/prospect 2B Brandon Lowe may have an elite bat. Sounds crazy, right? It might not be. I mean, Lowe has put up some pretty incredible numbers in the minor leagues since being drafted in the third round in 2015

Rays finalize $2.61M bonus for Cuban P Gaston

Rays finalize $2.61M bonus for Cuban P Gaston

Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays have finalized a minor league contract with 16-year-old Cuban pitcher Sandy Gaston that includes a $2.61 million signing bonus. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound right-hander ranked among the top international prospects eligible to sign with major league

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Matt Quatraro promoted to bench coach

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Matt Quatraro promoted to bench coach

The Tampa Bay Rays have officially promoted Matt Quatraro from third base coach to bench coach on Manager Kevin Cash’s major league coaching staff, via team press release. Next season will be Quatraro’s 24th in professional baseball and 16th in a coaching capacity. Last season, Quatraro returned