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2015 Recap: Tampa Bay Rays

  • Tristan Tippet
Kevin Kiermaier had one of the fourth highest defensive WAR in history thanks to an AL-leading 15 assists Credit: Photo File

Kevin Kiermaier had the fourth highest defensive WAR in a season in 2015 Credit: Photo File

Tampa Bay Rays (80-82, fourth in AL East)

The Rays entered their first season without Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon running the show. Those two larger-than-life figures helped the Rays make the postseason four times including the World Series in 2008 and win at least 90 games five times. And they proved they can be competent without them thanks to manager Kevin Cash just going with anybody who was playing well on any particular day. With Evan Longoria and Chris Archer leading the way, the Rays can get back their magic.

Top Performers

CF Kevin Kiermaier: G 151, AB 505, HR 10

2B Logan Forsythe: G 153, AB 540, HR 17

SP Chris Archer: GS 34, IP 212.0, ERA 3.23

SP Jake Odorizzi: GS 28, IP 169.1, ERA 3.35

3B Evan Longoria: G 160, AB 604, HR 21

Biggest need: First baseman

James Loney is one of the smartest hitters in baseball and he’s a great bad ball hitter. He hit .280 in 104 games but he had a .680 OPS because of 23 walks and four home runs. He also rated negatively in the field and the Rays had the second worst value in baseball at first. Eight different players outside of Loney spent time at first base. Loney might have better value as the designated hitter as the Rays are relatively unsettled there also.

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