Tampa Bay Rays: Full Scouting Report on Each September Call-Up
September call-ups essentially already happened earlier in the season for the Tampa Bay Rays. Due to injuries, the team has had to lean on the efforts of young players for an extended period of time this season.
Kevin Kiermaier, Logan Forsythe and Jake Odorizzi are some of the players who have been recipients of the extended opportunities on the major league roster.
In a perfect scenario, these players would have been included in the group of players added to the roster for the final month of the season.
Instead, the Rays returned outfielder David DeJesus from the disabled list (fractured left hand), recalled relief pitcher Brandon Gomes from Triple-A Durham, recalled catcher Curt Casali from Class A-Advanced Charlotte and selected the contract of relief pitcher Steve Geltz from Triple-A Durham.
As the season wraps up, the new roster additions will have the opportunity to help the team close out the season.
The Rays are a very large long shot to make the postseason, currently 9.5 games out of the wild card. Ending the season above .500 is a more realistically attainable goal than qualifying for the postseason.
Here is a look at the four players recently called up by the Rays.
All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.
David DeJesus was reinstated from the 15-day DL as part of the Tampa Bay Rays’ September call-ups. He missed 64 games with a left hand fracture he suffered on June 18 against the Baltimore Orioles.
During his eight-game rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Rays and Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs, he hit .217 with two RBI.
DeJesus gives the Rays additional depth in the outfield—career .992 fielding percentage—but is another platoon hitter who struggles with lefties, similar to Matt Joyce.
In 64 games with the Rays this season, DeJesus is batting .261/.359/.426 with 14 doubles, 17 RBI and 25 BB.
Most of his playing time, and all 52 starts, have been against right-handed pitchers where he has a .264/.359/.434 line. His opportunities against lefties have been limited to seven plate appearances with a non-impressive .167/.375/.167 line.
Brandon Gomes' recall will start his third stint with the Tampa Bay Rays this season after making the Opening Day roster.
He was with the team before being optioned on May 20 to make room for the team to reinstate Desmond Jennings from the bereavement list and recall Kevin Kiermaier on May 17.
From the beginning of the season through May 6, Gomes had a 2.87 ERA including not allowing a run in 12 of his first 15 appearances. He allowed a home run in four of his final five appearances prior to being optioned.
He was also with the Rays from August 13-15 before being sent back to Triple-A until being called back up. On August 13, he pitched two perfect innings against the Texas Rangers.
During his time in Triple-A Durham, Gomes had a 3.62 ERA with 42 strikeouts. He pitched 37.1 innings in 27 appearances with the Bulls.
Over his major league career, he has been effective against right-handed batters and has struggled against left-handed batters. Lefties have enjoyed hitting .317 against him.
Right-handed batters have a .199 average against him. This season, he has given up more home runs than usual, allowing four homers to righties in 20 appearances compared to three in 81 appearances from 2011-13.
Gomes will provide the Rays some much-needed assistance for a struggling bullpen that has had a bull's-eye on it for the majority of the season.
Curt Casali will be making his second stint with the Tampa Bay Rays. He made his major league debut on July 18 against the Minnesota Twins after catcher Ryan Hanigan was placed on the disabled list.
Casali was optioned to Class A-Advanced Charlotte on August 25 when Hanigan returned from the DL.
Casali struggled in the batter's box but performed well crouching behind the plate in his 23 games with the Rays (17 starts).
He hit .169/.246/.203 with two RBI in his first stint with the Rays and almost hit his first career home run against the Texas Rangers. Over his four-year minor league career, he has a .277/.381/.429 slash line with 26 HR and 140 RBI.
In the field, his 1.83 catcher’s ERA is the best in the majors (minimum 15 games). While his offense may struggle, his defensive contributions fit the Tampa Bay model and make him a good complement to Hanigan and Jose Molina.
Steve Geltz was selected from Triple-A Durham, while catcher Ali Solis was outrighted to Durham.
The Rays acquired Geltz in 2013 from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for reliever Dane De La Rosa.
Instead of starting that season attempting to earn a spot in the majors, Geltz was suspended 50 games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
He has the ability to earn an opportunity to be a part of the Rays bullpen in 2015.
Geltz pitched 108.2 innings in 70 appearances for Durham from 2013-14. During that time, he struck out 33 percent of batters faced—140 strikeouts. He finished this season with a 2.38 ERA and a 1.056 WHIP in 29 appearances.
His previous major league experience is limited to a seven-day stint with the Angels in 2012. He made two relief appearances, ironically against the Rays, allowing two hits, three walks and one earned run in two innings pitched.
He told Steve Carney from 620 WDAE that he was surprised to have the opportunity to be called up to the Rays and is ready to put his past troubles behind him.
“It was a mistake that I made in the offseason. Just having a little bit too much fun with my friends, and I paid the price. But that’s in the past. Time to move forward, and that’s what I try to do.”