Photos: Saturday’s Spring Training Full-Squad Work-Outs

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Click on the photo above to see photos from Saturday’s spring training practices.  This was the first official day of full-squad work-outs.  The gallery features a bunch of former Stone Crabs as well as the rest of the Tampa Bay Rays players.

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MLB Spring Training: Alumni Recap from 3/2

downloadHere is how the former Stone Crabs did in Monday’s spring training action:

  • Derek Dietrich (MIA): 0 for 2
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Sale Released by Rays

Josh SaleFormer Stone Crabs outfield Josh Sale has been officially released by the Tampa Bay Rays.  The 2010 First Round Draft Pick suffered a myriad of set-backs during his professional career including two 50-game suspensions for violating the MiLB Drug Program and one by the organization for detrimental conduct.

Sale spent 90 games with the Stone Crabs last season.

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Spring Has Begun

2015 Spring TrainingSpring is officially here as the Rays reported for their first official day of camp for Pitchers and Catchers. Here here is a listing of the Stone Crabs alumni who will be in the major league camp this spring.

  • Mayo Acosta (non-roster invite)
  • Tim Beckham
  • Andrew Bellatti (non-roster invite)
  • Ryan Brett
  • Curt Casali
  • Alex Cobb
  • Alex Colome
  • Dylan Floro (non-roster invite)
  • Grayson Garvin
  • Brandon Gomes (non-roster invite)
  • Desmond Jennings
  • Kevin Kiermaier
  • Hak-Ju Lee
  • Mikie Mahtook
  • Jake McGee
  • Matt Moore
  • Taylor Motter (non-roster invite)
  • Justin O’Conner
  • CJ Reifenhauser
  • Enny Romero
  • Kirby Yates

If I missed anyone, please list them in the comments section.

The first full squad work out is scheduled for February 27 with the first game on March 5.

As for minor league camp, pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on March 7 with full squad expected on March 11.  A minor league schedule is not available yet.

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Malm Signed by Angels

Jeff MalmFormer Stone Crabs first baseman has been signed by the Los Angeles Angels organization. Malm was converted to a pitcher before being released by the Rays organization following the 2014 season.

Malm spent the 2013 season with the Stone Crabs. He was drafted by the Rays in the ninth round of the 2009 draft. He spent his entire career in the Rays organization, reaching Double-A before being released at the end of the 2014 season.

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De La Rosa Signed by Orioles

Former Stone Crabs reliever Dane De La Rosa has been signed by the Baltimore Orioles organization. De La Rosa spent the 2014 season with the Angels, splitting the season amongst their minor league system and spending a few games in the majors.

De La Rosa was with the Stone Crabs briefly during the 2010 season. He was drafted by the Yankees in the 24th round of the 2002 draft. He spent his career in the Yankees, Brewers, Rays and Angels organization before making his major league debut for the Rays in 2011.

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O’Malley Signed by Mariners

Shawn O'MalleyFormer Stone Crabs infielder Shawn O’Malley has been signed by the Seattle Mariners organization.  He was signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

O’Malley spent last season in the Angels organization, making his major league debut with the halos on September 7th against the Twins.  He was released by the Angels during the off-season.

O’Malley spent the entire 2009 season and a couple games in 2010 with the Stone Crabs.

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Where Are They Now – Coaching Staff

Yesterday the Stone Crabs announce the field staff for the 2015 season. Lets take a look back and see where the former Stone Crabs managers and coaches will be coaching this season.

  • Neil Allen: Pitching Coach at Minnesota Twins (MLB)
  • Bill Moloney: Pitching Coach at Bowling Green Hot Rods (A)
  • Jim Morrison: Manager at GCL Rays (R)
  • Jared Sandberg: Manager at Durham Bulls (AAA)
  • Brady Williams: Manager at Montgomery Biscuits (AA)
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Stone Crabs Announce 2015 Coaching Staff

Michael JohnsThe Stone Crabs will take the field behind a new skipper for the third straight season. Michael Johns has been named the fourth manager in Stone Crabs history and will be joining returning hitting coach Joe Szekely, pitching coach Steve Watson and trainer Scott Thurston.

Johns joins the Stone Crabs after leading the Bowling Green Hot Rods last season. He is in his eighth season in the Rays organization.

Szekely returns to the Stone Crabs as the only member of the team to have stayed in Port Charlotte since the inaugural season in 2009. He is in his eleventh season with the Rays.

Watson will be the Stone Crabs pitching coach for his fourth season with the Stone Crabs.

Thurston rejoins the Stone Crabs for his fourth season as the team’s trainer.

The Stone Crabs open their 2015 season at home on April 9th against the Fort Myers Miracle.

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Molina Signed by Dodgers

Jose MolinaFormer Stone Crabs reliever Jose Molina has been signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Molina spent the 2014 in the Stone Crabs bullpen where he was 5-5 with a 3.78 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 39 appearances.

Molina was signed by the Rays as a non-drafted free agent in 2008. He spent his entire career in the Rays farm system before becoming a free agent at the end of the 2014 season.

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