Tampa Bay Rays’ Rockin’ Rookies

Posted: 21st June 2010 by Tom Dubberke in MLB
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A couple of days ago I noticed how well Rays' rookies catcher John Jaso and 2B/SS Reid Brignac are playing.  I’ve seen very little written about either of them, so I thought I’d try to fill the void. Brignac is 24 this year, and he’s splitting time almost evenly for the Rays between second and shortstop.  Regular shortstop Jason Bartlett is back after a hamstring injury put him on the DL for 15 days, but Bartlett hasn’t been hitting, and Brignac has stepped in to fill the void. Brignac is currently hitting .281 and has a .347 on-base percentage, which is great for a middle infielder.  Fangraphs likes his defense at both second and short this year. Brignac was a second round draft pick in 2004 (45th overall), and he’s steadily worked his way up t ...

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