Plus: Wander skipping Double-A for Durham
- What better way to start your day than 90 seconds of Shane McClanahan dealing?
15 swings-and-misses in 4 innings pic.twitter.com/1C36ysoFfb
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 29, 2021
- McClanahan ‘outstanding’ in 1st start of 2021 – Adam Berry, MLB.com: A stunningly good debut.
- The level of filthy that Shane McClanahan showed in his regular season debut was simply incredible:
14 swinging strikes in 4 innings! ⛽️ That’s a lot. To put it into perspective, Tyler Glasnow hasn’t done that this season.
(Glasnow through 4 IP in each start: 10, 10, 13, 11, 11, 8) https://t.co/IJXtemeQpX
— Codify, Inc. (@CodifyBaseball) April 29, 2021
- Rays’ Shane McClanahan praised as ‘outstanding,’ ‘like Glasnow’ – Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
- Rays rookie Shane McClanahan shows nasty stuff in MLB ‘debut’ – Matt Snyder, CBS Sports: More love for McClanahan.
- Notes: Wander to Triple-A; Adames’ bad luck – Adam Berry, MLB.com: Wander will begin his year skipping Double-A entirely, joining the Durham Bulls.
- Rays sending top prospect Wander Franco to Durham – Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: A big vote of confidence in Wander.
- Always listen to your mother:
Tyler Glasnow is day-to-day…
Official explanation: “Grounded by Mom” pic.twitter.com/oFrr1VPm3t
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 29, 2021
- Mike Zunino has the highest barrel% of any catcher in baseball. Mike Zunino is…good. Well celebrate that fact with the CespedesBBQ boys joining the RaysTheRoof gang:
If you wanna hear more about why Mike Zunino is good, listen to our most recent episode of RTR w/ @CespedesBBQ
Picture Like Mike…but with Mike Zunino instead https://t.co/IbOGT0CgWk
— Rays The Roof Network (@RaysTheRoofTB) April 29, 2021
- The most unhittable pitch in baseball is back – David Adler, MLB.com: Tyler Glasnow’s curve comes in a fairly distant third to this unreal dominant pitch.
- Diamondbacks’ adjustments paying off; Royals for real?; Adolis García finding his way; more news and notes – Ken Rosenthal, The Athletic: The DBacks story details how they have used the Rays as a model for their reimagined process and strategy.
- Jacob deGrom’s Run Support Is As Lacking as You Think – Dan Szymborski, Fan Graphs: Not Rays related, but we know the pain of wasting masterpieces from pitchers over the years. But none compare to the lolMets and a potential future Hall of Famer in deGrom.
- Tampa Bay Rays First-Round MLB Draft History – Kasey Kuhrts, Rays Colored Glasses: In honor of it being NFL draft week, take a look back memory lane of the Rays draft history.
- The Super Bowl champs added some pass rush depth to conclude Day 1 of the NFL Draft with Washington DE/OLB Joe Tryon:
With the 32nd pick in the 2021 NFL Draft… pic.twitter.com/yoWMCx3ZE4
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) April 30, 2021
- Bucs Draft Washington Edge Tryon In First Round – Matt Matera, PewterReport: Welcome to Champa Bay, Joe!