In the midst of these crazy times, we haven’t been able to witness any baseball games, so therefore I will keep you guys updated on the Rays’ roster moves. They have dropped down to 28 players as 7 players were optioned to the minor leagues yesterday. These 7 players include Randy Arozarena, Anthony Banda, Mike Brosseau, Nate Lowe, Brendan McKay, Brian O’Grady, and Trevor Richards. McKay and Richards are suprising moves as they were both competing for starting pitcher roles. Richards struggled during the spring though and McKay is still really young, but I’m sure we’ll see them get called up at some point this season. I think early in the season, at least, we will see Diego Castillo and Chaz Roe open some games like last year. The Rays will stay innovative this season because it keeps opposing teams on their toes. For that reason, we will most likely see every guy that just got sent down especially Mike Brosseau, who got called up last year and was very productive at the plate and even hit a 13th inning walkoff single against Detroit late in the season. I’m sure Nate Lowe will also make an appearance for Tampa Bay as he played a solid first base last season and had a huge walkoff homerun against the Red Sox that helped the Rays secure a wild card spot. Arozarena is another player that we will probably see more of after the tremendous spring he put together. Some people think he deserved a roster spot, but you have to remember how deep this Rays’ outfield is with Renfroe, Kiermaier, Meadows, Margot, and Tsutsugo all great options out there.
Despite the uncertainties at this time, I am sure we will have Major League baseball this season even if the season is shortened to around 100 games. The best case scenario would be that the season starts in about a month and the first month or so of games is played without fans in the stadiums. There will be plenty of fans tuned in to watch the games especially since it will most likely be the only sport on TV during the summer. In the meantime, stay safe and be patient.