The Rays hope to bring back the glory that was 2008. After a disappointing season last year, the Rays are at it again with some players to watch. While finishing third last year, the Rays still had their second best year in franchise history and hopefully this year will be their best. These players should be watched with a close eye as many of them have yet to show off their true talents. After all this is the Rays, we bring in players without a huge history and build them up to be legendary pro baseball players.
Everyone thinks that this will be his last year with the Rays. The left fielder will have quite big shoes to fill after last years performance. Two things that we can expect from "CC" is a lot of steals and a batting average above .300.
A trade from Atlanta brought us Rafael Soriano, or might I say "Security Soriano". The right-hander has secured the Rays a dependable closer to the 2010 season, something that was lacking during the 2009 season. With a career ERA of 2.92 and a WHIP of 1.04, Soriano is quite an acquisition for the team.
Already showing promise during spring training, S. Rod could turn out to be the best bargain player on the Rays roster. Batting .833 in his first three games as a Ray and his performance on second when Zobrist is in the outfield, this young players future looks bright.
After a very successful year in the Southern League, Desmond Jennings could prove to be the biggest player to watch this season. The center fielder has the arm, power and speed to bust into the major leagues sometime this season.
It may be cliche to include Longo on this list, but the third baseman is worth it. After a rapid period of impressive accomplishments, we expect a lot of Longoria. In two seasons Longoria has batted just over .300 and his legendary power and arm only add to his player resume.