Rays Designate Duffy, Add Five To 40-Man Roster

The Tampa Bay Rays added Ronaldo Hernandez, Vidal Brujan, Jake Cronenworth, Lucius Fox, and Kevin Padlo to their 40-man roster protecting them from this December’s Rule 5 draft.

The Rays had to clear two spots on the 40-man roster for the additions. One spot was cleared when the Rays traded right handed pitcher Jose De Leon to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The other spot was freed up by designating Matt Duffy for assignment.

Duffy Designated For Assignment:

Matt Duffy, 28, was acquired by the Rays at the trade deadline in 2017 from the San Francisco Giants along with minor league infielder Lucius Fox and minor league pitcher Michael Santos. Duffy’s career with the Rays was marred by heel and back injuries which limited him to just 199 games with Tampa Bay including missing all of the 2017 season. Overall, he batted .284/.351/.357 spanning 809 plate appearances. He was projected by MLB Trade Rumors to earn $2.9MM in arbitration this season.

De Leon Dealt To Reds:

Jose De Leon, 27, is a right handed pitcher acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for infielder Logan Forsythe in January of 2017. Due to a number of injuries, including Tommy John Surgery in 2018, De Leon only appeared in four games for Tampa Bay logging 6.2-innings. He was the Rays 25th rated prospect by MLB.com’s pipeline.

Rays Add Five Prospects:

Vidal Brujan, 21, is a switch hitting second baseman who batted .277/.346/.389 with 48 stolen bases between the High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs and the Montgomery Biscuits. He’s rated as Tampa Bay’s third best prospect by MLB.com’s pipeline.

Ronaldo Hernandez, 22, is a right handed hitting catcher. He spent the 2019 season with the Charlotte Stone Crabs batting .265/.299/.397 with nine homers in 427 plate appearances. He is rated as Tampa Bay’s 7th best prospect by MLB.com’s pipeline.

Jake Cronenworth, 25, is a right handed hitting infielder who also toils on the mound. In 2019 he batted .334/.429/.520 with 10 homers for the Triple-A Durham Bulls. He started 64 games at shortstop, 11 games at third base, and 3 games at third base. He also worked 7.1 innings pitching to a 0.00 ERA while striking out nine but walking eight. He is Tampa Bay’s 17th ranked prospect by MLB.com’s pipeline.

Kevin Padlo, 23, is a right handed hitting third baseman. He was acquired by the Rays along with Corey Dickerson from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Jake McGee and German Marquez. Padlo had a breakout season with the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits and Durham Bulls batting .265/.389/.538 while hitting 21 homers.

Lucius Fox, 22, is a switch-hitting shortstop. He was acquired by Tampa Bay in the aforementioned trade that brought the Rays Matt Duffy. He spent the 2019 season with the Montgomery Biscuits and Durham Bulls. Overall he batted .221/.331/.327 with 39 stolen bases. He’s rated as the Rays 19th best prospect by MLB.com’s pipeline.

A Few Rays Prospects Exposed For Rule 5 Draft:

Kenny Rosenberg, 24, is a right handed starting pitcher. He was selected by the Rays in the 8th round in 2016 out of Cal State University Northridge. In 2019 he appeared in 25 games, making 16 starts for the Montgomery Biscuits, posting an 11-4 mark with a 3.49 ERA while striking out 108 batters in 139 innings. He appeared in 1 game for the Durham Bulls logging 5 innings and allowing four earned runs.

Moises Gomez, 21, is a right handed hitting outfielder. He spent the 2019 season with the Charlotte Stone Crabs batting .220/.297/.402 with 16 homers spanning 489 plate appearances. He is the highest ranking Rays prospect eligible for the Rule 5 draft ranking 12th by MLB.com’s pipeline.

Garrett Whitley, 22, is a right handed hitting outfielder. He was selected by the Rays in the first round (13th overall) in 2015. He missed all of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury. He returned in 2019 and spent the season with the Charlotte Stone Crabs batting .226/.339/.412 with 10 homers.

Rays Complete Minor League Deal:

The Rays sent left-handed reliever Christopher Sanchez to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for infielder Curtis Mead. Sanchez was added to the Phillies 40-man roster after the trade.

Sanchez, 22 can hit between 94-98 miles per hour and would have been a candidate for the Rule 5 draft. He spent the 2019 season appearing in 24 games between the Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (11 games), the Charlotte Stone Crabs (12 games), and the Durham Bulls (1 game). Overall, he pitched to a 4-1 mark with a 2.26 ERA striking out 73 batters in 75.2-innings of work.

Curtis Mead, 19, signed as an international free agent with the Phillies out of Australia. He’s a right handed hitting infielder who appeared in 44 games with the Phillies Gulf Coast League team in 2019 batting .285/.351/.462 spanning 175 plate appearances.