Daniel Russell

  • joined Dec 03, 2010
  • last login Jul 30, 2014
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Danny is a product of the space coast, a graduate from the Florida State University, the grandson of a depression era pitcher, and the son of a south-sider from Chicago.

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Alex Colome suspended 50 games


Alex Colome has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for steroid use, likely a metabolite of Boldenon, an anabolic steroid developed for veterinary use, mostly...

Rays name Odorizzi 5th starter


The Rays have named Jake Odorizzi to the starting rotation, beating out stiff competition in veteran southpaws Erik Bedard and Cesar Ramos. Entering camp, the expectation was that Erik Bedard...

The Case for Cesar Ramos


The best man for the role of 5th starter is Jeremy Hellickson, let's make sure that is clear. The pitcher who takes on the fifth starter's role while Hellickson recovers from surgery (a routine...

Joe Maddon Flex Pack Rant


Post by Tampa Bay Rays.

Joe Maddon re-dubbed an umpire confrontation for a Flex Pack advertisement. Watch it here.

The Rays with runners on base in 2013


The Cardinals were great last year, and one reason was their performance with runners on base. The Cardinals had the highest wOBA by 14 points at .362, with the Tigers and Red Sox tied for second...

2014 Season Preview: The Bullpen Depth


The Rays bullpen has a few major league locks: Grant Balfour the closer, Jake McGee (L) the fireman, Joel Peralta the veteran, Juan Carlos Oviedo rebounding from injury, Heath Bell rebounding from...

John Sickels on Skills over Tools


Yesterday, I wrote at-length about my personal process for ranking prospects, which is to look for "skills" over tools; or in other words, tools that have already developed into a major league...

Prioritizing Skills over Tools


When publishing my list of top-prospects this off-season, I used an evaluation process that valued skills ahead of tools, or rather, an ability to showcase a major league talent today above and...

2014 Rays premier on Sun Sports this Sunday


We'be had a few blessed TV games this Spring, but they've all been behind the paywall of MLB.tv -- this Sunday, the Rays make their local debut on the tube. The Rays host the Red Sox at 1:05 PM in...

Best & worst case Projections for the new bats


Baseball Prospectus has published their 10-Year Projections, UPSIDE grades, Percentiles for performance, and Comparables. It's been a glorious morning, whether you love PECOTA or hate it, as this...

Discussing the 5th starter competition


We're less than three weeks from Opening Day and the Rays are still sorting out who the fifth starter will be. With many of the minor league starters already optioned to minor league camp, the...

Cameron Seitzer gets the spotlight


The young Cameron Seitzer, 23, may find his way to Triple-A this season, and before yesterday you might not have known his name, even if it sounds familiar. He is the son of Kevin Seitzer, a two...

Framing the discussion on Hanigan & Molina


The future is now. With public data released en mass by Dan Brooks and Harry Pavlidis this week, here's how Jose Molina and Ryan Hanigan stack up against the best in framing pitches.

Danny's Top-30 Prospects for 2014


My process is to focus on skills ahead of tools, an ability to show major league talent above and beyond the tools to do so eventually. As such, welcome to my list for 2014. It may be more...

Season Preview 2014: Jeremy Hellickson


Jeremy Hellickson was on the mic at FanFest for Rays Radio, and was asked by Steve Carney and Tom Krasniqi about his recent elbow surgery. The surgery, to remove loose bodies in the elbow, is one...

Evan Longoria stars in 30 video series on hitting techniques


Evan Longoria and sports equipment company SKLZ are posting a 30-video series this month on hitting techniques, most of which have been focused on particular warm ups and a player's mindset thus far. There will be 30 videos in total, and if you find it interesting to learn more about the development techniques and thought process of our star Third Baseman, you're welcome to check it out.

Dan Szymborski's Electoral Brawllege


Who do you have moving through? Full resolution bracket here.

Replacing Hellickson: The argument for Erik Bedard

After Hellickson was prescribed elbow surgery, I sifted through the available starting pitching market and identified two free agent names I thought would be a great acquisition for the Rays. One...

MLBAM to release defense tracking data!


FIELDf/x: This changes EVERYTHING.

Recently traded Todd Glaesmann retires


Outfield prospect Todd Glaesmann, named the Rays 2012 minor league  player of the year, was the only player sent to the Diamondbacks to complete the Ryan Hanigan trade. Team Sent Received ...

Rays Spring Training Broadcast Schedule


The Rays will play their first Spring Training game this afternoon, but the only way to listen in will be on mlb.com, through Baltimore's radio feed. It can be confusing where to find the Rays...

Rays Picture Day Gems


Wednesday was Picture Day, and you might have already noticed Michael's use of a certain smiling face: Kirby Yates is just really excited to be here, you guys. Let's look for some other stand...

The State and Future of Pitch-Framing Research


Pitch framing is a common topic of conversation at DRaysBay, but it's not common knowledge for everyone. Whether you are new to the concept of quantifying a catcher's framing of the strikezone, or a seasoned sabermatrician, this article by friend-of-the-site Bradley Woodrum is well worth your time.

The Rays Tank: Zobrist update; Myers to be on MTV


Camp concludes ahead of The Rays Charity Golf Tournament this afternoon.

Early Vegas odds have Rays winning AL East


Take the over.

Rays join Nick Franklin trade rumors


According to Jon Heyman, the Rays have joined in the Mets pursuit of infielder Nick Franklin, citing multiple sources. It would seem that multiple trade scenarios have been discussed with Seattle,...

Season Preview 2014: Jake McGee and the curveball


Rays southpaw Jake McGee is the oldest home-grown talent on the roster, a former fifth round draft pick from 2004. This will mark his tenth year of professional baseball, including rookie ball from...

Joe Maddon's biceps now selling Flex Packs


"Get your Flex On!"

Rays to salute Military at Spring Opener


Including paratroopers delivering the game ball and American flag, and discounts for veterans.

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