Tampa Bay Rays' Midseason Grades

D.A.Senior Writer IJuly 17, 2008

C: Dioner Navarro 

All-Star catcher is batting .310 with 35 RBI and playing decent defense. 

Grade: A-

1B: Carlos Pena 

Injury hampered him while batting a measly .236, but has 47 RBI and 14 HR. 

Grade: C

2B: Akinori Iwamura 

Batting .272 with 28 RBI, but playing exceptional defense (only two errors). 

Grade: B

SS: Jason Bartlett 

He's currently injured and only batted .256 while committing 11 errors. 

Grade: C-

3B: Evan Longoria 

All-Star rookie is batting .275 with 16 HR and 53 RBI and plays exceptional defense. 

Grade: A

LF: Carl Crawford 

Batting .270 with 47 RBI and 23 stolen bases. 

Grade: B

CF: B.J. Upton 

Batting .276 with 44 RBI and 27 stolen bases. He's committed seven errors, but has a rocket arm. 

Grade: B+

RF: Gabe Gross 

Batting a measly .223 with seven HR and 23 RBI. 

Grade: C-

UTIL/OF: Eric Hinske 

Batting .267 with 45 RBI and slugging .517. 

Grade: C+

UTIL/DH: Jonny Gomes 

Batting a measly .185 with 17 RBI in 58 games. 

Grade: C-

UTIL/DH: Cliff Floyd 

Batting .264 with 18 RBI and six HR, and he is also very clutch. 

Grade: C

SP: Scott Kazmir 

All-Star has an excellent 3.04 ERA with 91 strikeouts in only 83 innings pitched. His ERA is measly in his losses—he just doesn't get much run support. 

Grade: A

SP: Edwin Jackson 

Has a decent 3.93 ERA and a 5-6 record and is inconsistent. 

Grade: C+

SP: James Shields 

Has a decent 3.83 ERA and a 5:1 strikeout to walk rate. 

Grade: B+

SP: Andy Sonnanstine  

Has a terrible 4.58 ERA but a 10-4 record. Unlike other pitchers, he gets a lot of run support. 

Grade: C

SP: Matt Garza 

Has a 3.96 ERA and 7-5 record. He is very inconsistent. 

Grade: B-

Bullpen: Troy Percival's injury isn't the best thing, but the bullpen has been solid. Balfour is amazing and Wheeler, Howell, and (sometimes) Glover are reliable. 

Grade: B