The Rays announced that they have selected the contract of right-hander Cristofer Ogando and optioned fellow right-hander Ralph Garza Jr. in a corresponding move. The club already had a vacancy on their 40-man roster, though Brooks Raley and Ryan Thompson are currently on the restricted list due to their unvaccinated status preventing them from traveling to Toronto for this weekend’s series. Javy Guerra was selected to take one of the vacated spots and Ogando will now take the other. Once the team is in Boston for tomorrow’s game, they will have to remove two players from the roster.
Ogando, 28, has taken a long road to the big leagues. He made his debut in affiliated ball back in 2013 as part of the Marlins organization. Just 19 years old at the time, he threw 6 1/3 innings in Rookie ball but then didn’t appear in the affiliated ranks over the next few seasons. He was signed by the Diamondbacks in 2018 and pitched well enough that the Rays selected him in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft in December of that year.
He’s been in the Rays organization ever since, climbing his way from A-ball to Triple-A. This year, he’s thrown 32 2/3 innings for the Durham Bulls with a 3.03 ERA, 25.2% strikeout rate, 8.7% walk rate and 34.2% ground ball rate. He will make his MLB debut as soon as he gets into a game.
Curious case. Signed first in 2013 and then didn’t return to pro ball until 2018.
They say we have a great farms system but he, javi guerra and ralph garza are the best we have to bring up?
You realize a farm system is judged off a lot more than just relievers and deeper than AAA
I do like the thought of next year with E SOCK at 3rd and meade! at 1st.. what an upgrade from this year. Now if J love figured it out to go along with randy ,wander and B love we might have a major league lineup
If the rays win the WS they should hand out socks with the letter E at the Parades
So is it judge on middle infielders like wills and Bruhun, or catchers like pinto.. 150 BA AND COUNTING
I’ve only seen Ralph Garza a few times, but he must be one of these pitchers who the analytics guys don’t like. Because his numbers seem consistent and decent, and when I’ve seen him he gets guys out (granted I just saw him pitch against the Pirates, and everyone gets them out, but I digress).
The two guys from Oregon and Texas aren’t allowed into Canada – haha, you cant make this up!
What do Texas and Oregon have in common besides being in this country, exactly?
Texas and Oregon also have dentists in common. More than I can say about a particular region in Europe lol