We took a look at the coaching staff during the off-season, now let’s take a look at the players that will be representing your Charlotte Stone Crabs this season. The list includes some familiar faces, two organization top 10 prospects and many other exciting young players all eager to take the field at Charlotte Sports Park on Thursday.
- Jeff Ames – returns to the Stone Crabs for his second season. Was 1-6 with a 6.29 ERA in an injury shortened season for the Stone Crabs. Ames was drafted by the Rays in the Round 1A in 2011. He was an all-star in 2012 and 2013.
- Buddy Borden – joins the Stone Crabs for his first season in the Rays organization. He spent the2014 season at the Pirates Single-A affiliate where he was 7-9 with a 3.16 ERA in 33 games, earning 2 pitcher of the week awards. Borden was drafted by the Pirates in Round 7 of the 2013 Draft out of UNLV.
- Jacob Faria – comes to the Stone Crabs on the heels of an all-star season last year at Bowling Green. He was 7-9 with a 3.46 ERA in 23 games with the Hot Rods. Faria was drafted by the Rays in the 10th round of the 2011 draft.
- Isaac Gil – entering into his fifth professional season, Gill split the 2014 season between Hudson Valley and Bowling Green where he combined for a 6-2 record and a 3.43 ERA in 14 games pitched. Gil was drafted by the Rays in the 31st round of the 2011 draft.
- Joshuah Kimborowicz – in just his third pro season, Kimborowicz is already at Advanced-A. He split time at Hudson Valley and Bowling Green last year, combining for a 2-0 record with 2.55 ERA. Kimborowicz was drafted by the Rays in the 19th round of the 2013 draft.
- Chris Kirsch – returns to the Stone Crabs for his second stint in Port Charlotte, following a 5 game stint in 2013. Kirsch spent last season at Class-A Bowling green where he was 9-8 with a 2.83 ERA in 24 games. Kirsch was drafted by the Rays in the 14th round of the 2012 draft.
- German Marquez – named an organization all-star by MiLB.com last season, Marquez joins the Stone Crabs after spending last season with Bowling Green where he was 5-7 with a 3.21 ERA in 22 games.
- Justin McCalvin – drafted by the Rays just last season, McCalvin already makes the jump to Advanced-A. He split time last season with Princeton and Hudson Valley, combining for a 2-1 record and a 2.22 ERA in 17 games. McCalvin was drafted by the Rays in the 19th round of the draft out of Kennesaw State.
- Nick Sawyer – comes back to the Stone Crabs for his second season after pitching 20 games here last season. Sawyer was 1-0 with a 6.35 ERA for the Stone Crabs last year. He was drafted by the Rays in the 40th round of the 2012 draft.
- Brad Schreiber – begins his third professional season here at Port Charlotte. Spent 2014 at Bowling Green where he was 2-7 with a 3.57 ERA in 35 games.
- Blake Snell – Baseball America’s #9 Rays Prospect returns to the Stone Crabs after splitting last season between the Stone Crabs and the Hot Rods. Snell found his place in the Stone Crabs record books last season, tossing the franchise first no-hitter last season against Daytona. He was a combined 8-8 with a 3.19 ERA last year.
- Ryne Stanek – in his first professional season last year, Stanek split time between three clubs including the Stone Crabs. The 2013 first round draft pick was a combined 4-5 with a 3.99 ERA in 13 games, earning his first professional all-star nod. Stanek was drafted by the Rays in the first round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Arkansas.
- Armando Araiza – enter his sixth season behind the dish for the Rays organization, Araiza will be making the step up to Advanced-A after spending last season with Bowling Green. Last year, Araiza hit .214 with 11 double and 8 home runs in 93 games for Bowling Green.
- Michael Marjama – another newcomber to the Rays organization, Marjama comes to the Stone Crabs from the White Sox organization. He spent the 2014 season at Winston-Salem where he hit .266 with 16 doubles, 2 triples and 3 home runs in 70 games. Marjama was drafted by the White Sox in Round 23 of the 2011 draft out of Long Beach State University.
- Maxx Tissenbaum – catcher Tissenbaum returns to the Stone Crabs after an all-star season with the Stone Crabs last season. He hit .288 with 15 doubles, 2 triples and 6 home runs in 86 games for the Stone Crabs last season. Tissenbaum was drafted by the Padres in the 11th round of the 2012 draft out of SUNY Stony Brook
- Willy Adames – Baseball America’s top prospect in the Rays will start the 2015 season with the Stone Crabs. Acquired in the David Price trade, Adames split time at the Tigers Class-A and the Rays Class-A affiliates combining for a .271 average with 19 doubles, 14 triples and 8 home runs in 125 games.
- Jake Bauers – makes his Rays organization debut with the Stone Crabs for the 2015 after being a member of the three team trade between the Rays, Padres and Nationals. He spent last season with the Padres Midwest League affiliate where he hit .296 with 18 doubles, 3 triples and 8 home runs. He was drafted by the Padres in the seventh round of the 2013 draft.
- Juniel Querecuto – returns to the Stone Crabs after spending 27 games here last season. He hit a combined .271 with 13 double, 3 triples and 2 home runs between the Stone Crabs and the Hot Rods last year.
- Alexander Simon – in his fifth season of professional baseball, Simon joins the Stone Crabs from the Bowling Green Hot Rods. He hit .281 with 22 doubles, 3 triples and 4 home runs for the Hot Rods last season.
- Andrew Velazquez – joins the Stone Crabs from the Diamondbacks organization where he had a record breaking 2014. Velazquez set the minor league record for reaching base on consecutive games, reaching base safely 74 games in a row, surpassing the previous record of 71.
- Kean Wong – comes into the Stone Crabs in his third professional season. Wong spent last year with the Hot Rods, hitting .306 with 15 doubles, 3 triples and 2 home runs in 106 games, earning him a spot in the Midwest League All-Star Game. Wong was drafted by the Rays in the fourth round of the 2013 draft.
- Yoel Araujo – enters into his fifth season in the organization, he spent 2014 with Bowling Green where he was hitting .226 with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 10 home runs in 61 games.
- Marty Gantt – makes his return to the Stone Crabs after patrolling the Charlotte outfield last season. Last season Gantt hit .262 with 14 doubles, 6 triples and 4 home runs in 86 games. Gantt was drafted by the Rays in the seventh round of the 2012 draft.
- Braxton Lee – will make his jump to Advanced-A in just his second season in professional baseball. He spent his first season with Hudson Valley where he hit .287 with 7 doubles and 1 triple in 51 games. Lee was drafted by the Rays in the 12th round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Mississippi.
- Ty Morrison – will start the season on the Stone Crabs DL after being sidelined by injury all last season. Morrison is no stranger to the Stone Crabs, spending time with Charlotte in 2011 and 2012. Morrison was drafted by the Rays in the fourth round of the 2008 draft.
- Joey Rickard – after skipping over Charlotte last season, Rickard returns to the Stone Crabs from Double-A Montgomery where he hit .243 with 8 double and a home run last season. Rickard was drafted by the Rays in the ninth round of the 2012 draft out of the University of Arizona.