Montgomery Traded to Seattle

MontgomeryFormer Stone Crab Mike Montgomery has been traded to the Seattle Mariners. Montgomery was battling for a spot in the Rays rotation this spring. In exchange, the Rays have received left Erasmo Ramirez.

Montgomery joined the organization as part of the James Shield trade in 2012. He pitched a pair of games for the Stone Crabs in 2013.

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Game Photos from 3/27: Rays at Orioles

Steven Souza Jr Here is a gallery of photos from the Rays spring training game from last Friday against the Orioles.  The game was cancelled in the fourth due to rain.  The gallery features a few former Stone Crabs including Tim Beckham, David DeJesus and Mike Montgomery.

Click on the photo to view the Rays/Orioles photo gallery.

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Former Stone Crabs Movements in Latest Round of Transactions

It was a busy week for transactions as many organizations trim their rosters and get ready for the season. As a result several former Stone Crabs have been effected by the transactions. Here is a look at who has been released or optioned to the minors.

  • Sean Bierman was released by the Atlanta Braves. Bierman spent the 2014 split between two organizations and four teams. He was a member of the Stone Crabs for a portion of the 2013 season, appearing in 5 games for the Stone Crabs.
  • Tyler Bortnick was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bortnick has spent the last two seasons and a half seasons with the Triple-A Reno Aces. He spent a few games in 2010 and all of the 2011 season with the Stone Crabs where he was an all-star in 2011. Bortnick was dealt to the Diamondbacks in the second half of the 2012 season where he spent his entire time at Triple-A Reno.
  • Willie Gabay was released by the Rays. Drafted by the Rays in the 15th round of the 2012 draft, Gabay pitched for the Stone Crabs for three games last season.
  • Kyle Lobstein was optioned to Triple-A from the Detroit Tigers. Lobstein spent the last two seasons in the Tigers organization, making his major league debut last seasons against the Twins. Lobstein pitched for the Stone Crabs in 2011 where he earned three Pitcher of the Week awards.
  • Jake Partridge was released by Rays. Partridge made 33 appearances for the Stone Crabs in 2013. He remained on the Biscuits disabled list for the 2014 season.
  • Julian Ridings was released by Rays. Ridings spent half of last season in the outfield for the Stone Crabs. He was drafted by the Rays in the 18th round of the 2013 Draft out of Western Carolina.
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Rays Send Six Former Stone Crabs to Minor League Camp

2015 Spring TrainingThe Rays trimmed the major league roster a bit more over the past few days by sending six former Stone Crabs back to minor league camp.  The following players were sent down:

  • Ryan Brett
  • Grayson Garvin
  • Hak-Ju Lee
  • Mikie Mahtook
  • Justin O’Conner
  • Enny Romero
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2015 Stone Crabs Spring Training Schedule and Travel Guide

2015 Spring TrainingHere is a copy of the 2015 Rays Minor League Spring Training schedule which kicked off this week.

Schedule
3/18: vs Fort Myers Miracle (Twins)
3/19: at Frederick Keys (Orioles)
3/20: at vs Fort Myers Miracle (Twins)
3/21: at Salem Red Sox (Red Sox)
3/22: vs Team Canada at Tropicana Field
3/23: vs Salem Red Sox (Red Sox)
3/24: vs Frederick Keys (Orioles)
3/25: at Fort Myers Miracle (Twins)
3/26: vs Frederick Keys (Orioles)
3/27: at Fort Myers Miracle (Twins)
3/28: at Salem Red Sox (Red Sox)
3/29: Camp Day
3/30: at Salem Red Sox (Red Sox)
3/31: vs Frederick Keys (Orioles)
4/1: vs Fort Myers Miracle (Twins)
4/2: vs Salem Red Sox (Red Sox)
4/3: at Frederick Keys (Orioles)
4/4: vs Frederick Keys (Orioles)

Travel Guide

Stone Crabs: The Stone Crabs spring training games games are held on the backfields of Charlotte Sports Park at 2300 El Jobean Road in Port Charlotte. When the major league club is on the road or off, plenty of parking is available in the parking lot to the stadium.

Frederick Keys (Orioles): The Orioles affiliates play their spring games at the Buck O’Neil Complex at Twin Lakes Park located at 6700 Clark Road in Sarasota, Florida. The complex is approximately 35 miles from Charlotte Sports Park and will take about 45 minutes to get there on a normal day. From Charlotte Sports Park head east on El Jobean Road until Toledo Blade Blvd. Turn left on Toledo Blade Blvd towards I-75. Once you reach I-75, head north until Exit 205 (Clark Road). After exiting at Clark Road, head east on Clark Road and Twin Lakes Park is located about a half mile from the interstate.

Fort Myers Miracle (Twins): The Twins affiliates hold their spring training games at the Lee County Sports Complex located at 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway in Fort Myers. It is a 55 mile trip that will take a little over an hour. From Charlotte Sports Park head east on El Jobean Road until Toledo Blade Blvd. Turn left on Toledo Blade Blvd towards I-75. Once you reach I-75, head south until you reach Exit 131 (SW Florida International Airport/Cape Coral). Head west on Daniels Parkway until you reach Six Mile Cypress. Make a left onto Six Mile Cypress and the complex will be about a mile away from the intersection.

Salem Red Sox (Red Sox): The Red Sox affiliated play at Fenway South. The complex is located behind JetBlue Park at 11500 Daniels Parkway near Southwest Florida International Airport. It is 50 miles from Charlotte Sports Park or about an hour drive. From Charlotte Sports Park, head east on El Jobean Road until you reach Toledo Blade Blvd. Turn left on Toledo Blade and follow it north until you reach I-75. Head south on I-75 until you reach Exit 131 (Daniels Parkway). Head east on Daniels Parkway until you reach the ballpark.

NOTE: During minor league spring training, the Stone Crabs travel with the Hot Rods. If the Stone Crabs/Hot Rods are at home, the Biscuits/Bulls will be playing the same organization on the road.

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Former Stone Crabs Dietrich and Fields Sent Down to MiLB Camp

downloadMajor league teams continue to trim rosters as they prepare for opening day and as a result. former Stone Crabs Derek Dietrich and Matt Fields have been sent down to minor league camp.

Dietrich was hitting .222 with a double, triple and a home run in 11 games for the Marlins this spring.

Fields appeared in 11 games for the Royals where his had a double and two home runs in 16 at-bats.

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MLB Spring Training: Alumni Recap from 3/13

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

  • Nevin Ashley (MIL): o for 1
  • Derek Dietrich (MIA): 1 for 1 with a double and an RBI
  • Darin Downs (HOU): 1 scoreless inning with a strikeouts, walk and hit
  • Matt Fields (KC): 0 for 1
  • Dylan Floro (TB): scoreless 1/3 inning
  • Sam Fuld (OAK): 1 for 4 with an RBI
  • Grayson Garvin (TB): 1 scoreless inning with 2 strikeouts
  • Jeremy Hellickson (ARI): 3 runs on 7 hits with 2 strikeouts and 2 walks in 1 2/3 inning
  • Desmond Jennings (TB): 0 for 2 with a walk
  • Matt Joyce (LAA): 0 for 3 with an RBI
  • Kevin Kiermaier (TB): 0 for 3
  • Hak-Ju Lee (TB): 0 for 1
  • Mikie Mahtook (TB): 0 for 1
  • Mike Montgomery (TB): 1 no-hit inning
  • Taylor Motter (TB): 0 for 1
  • Shawn O’Malley (SEA): 0 for 1 with a run scored
  • Enny Romero (TB): scoreless 2/3 inning with a strikeout
  • Stephen Vogt (OAK): 0 for 2
  • Ben Zobrist (OAK): 1 for 3 with a run scored
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MLB Spring Training: Alumni Recap from 3/12

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

  • Nevin Ashley (MIL): 1 for 1 with a run scored
  • Tim Beckham (TB): 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored
  • Alex Cobb (TB): 3 runs on 5 hits with 4 strikeouts and a walk in 2 1/3 innings
  • David DeJesus (TB): 0 for 3
  • Derek Dietrich (MIA): 0 for 2
  • Matt Fields (KC): 0 for 3
  • Sam Fuld (OAK): 0 for 1 with an RBI
  • Brandon Gomes (TB): 1 1/3 scoreless innings with 2 strikeouts for the win
  • Desmond Jennings (TB): 2 for 3 with a run scored
  • Scott Kazmir (OAK): 2 runs on 3 hits with 4 strikeouts and 2 walks in 2 2/3 innings
  • Adam Liberatore (LAD): 1 perfect frame
  • Jose Lobaton (TB): 0 for 3
  • Mikie Mahtook (TB): 0 for 1
  • Justin O’Conner (TB): 1 for 1 with a run scored
  • Shawn O’Malley (SEA): 0 for 3
  • CJ Riefenhauser (TB): 1 1/3 scoreless innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts
  • Kirby Yates (TB): 1 no-hit inning with a strikeout
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MLB Spring Training: Alumni Recap from 3/11

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

  • Mayo Acosta (TB): 0 for 1
  • Andrew Bellatti (TB): 1 scoreless inning with a hit
  • Ryan Brett (TB): 0 for 1
  • Angel Castro (OAK): 1 scoreless inning with a hit and a strikeout
  • Derek Dietrich (MIA): 0 for 2
  • Matt Fields (KC): 0 for 1
  • Matt Joyce (LAA): 2 for 3 with a run scored
  • Kevin Kiermaier (TB): 1 for 3
  • Hak-Ju Lee (TB): 2 for 2 with a double, home run, 2 RBI’s and a run scored
  • Mikie Mahtook (TB): scored a run
  • Taylor Motter (TB): 0 for 4
  • Justin O’Conner (TB): 1 for 2
  • Shawn O’Malley (SEA): 0 for 1
  • David Price (DET): 4 runs on 4 hits with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks in 2 innings
  • Chris Rearick (SD): perfect 1/3 inning
  • Felipe Rivero (WAS): 1 scoreless inning with a strikeout and 2 hits
  • Richie Shaffer (TB): 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI
  • Matt Spring (BOS): 0 for 1
  • Drew Vettleson (WAS): 1 for 1 with a solo home run
  • Stephen Vogt (OAK): 0 for 3 with a run scored
  • Ben Zobrist (OAK): 0 for 3
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MLB Spring Training: Alumni Recap from 3/10

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

  • Mayo Acosta (TB): 0 for 1
  • Tim Beckham (TB): 0 for 3
  • Ryan Brett (TB): 0 for 1
  • Kes Carter (TB): 0 for 1
  • Curt Casali (TB): 0 for 2
  • Tommy Coyle (TB): 0 for 1
  • David DeJesus (TB): 1 for 3 with an RBI
  • Derek Dietrich (MIA) 1 for 2 with a home run
  • Matt Fields (KC): 0 for 1
  • Dylan Floro (TB): 2 runs on 3 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk in in 2 innings
  • Sam Fuld (OAK): 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, an RBI and 2 runs scored
  • Grayson Garvin (TB): 1 scoreless inning with a hit, walk and strikeout
  • Marty Gantt (TB): defensive sub at LF
  • Desmond Jennings (TB): 1 for 3 with an RBI
  • Matt Joyce (LAA): 1 for 2
  • Kevin Kiermaier (TB): 1 for 3 with a double
  • Braulio Lara (SF): scoreless 1/3 inning
  • Hak-Ju Lee (TB): 0 for 2
  • Jose Lobaton (WAS): 1 for 3 with a double
  • Mikie Mahtook (TB): 0 for 1
  • Matt Montgomery (TB): 2 1/3 scoreless innings with 4 hits, 2 strikeouts and a walk
  • Taylor Motter (TB): defensive sub in RF
  • Justin O’Conner (TB): 0 for 1
  • Shawn O’Malley (SEA): 1 for 1
  • Enny Romero (TB): 1 run on 2 hits with a strikeout in 1 inning
  • Richie Shaffer (TB): defensive sub at 3B
  • Ben Zobrist (OAK): 1 for 2 with 2 RBI’s
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