Rays Bolster Bullpen With Intriguing Former Top Prospect

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Tampa Bay Rays bolstered their bullpen with an intriguing former top prospect.
The Tampa Bay Rays bolstered their bullpen with an intriguing former top prospect. / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

For the better part of a decade, the Tampa Bay Rays have thrived on finding diamonds in the rough with their bullpen arms.

Kevin Cash and his staff pull out All-Star worthy performances from a list of bullpen arms that have been consistently overlooked or undervalued in their careers. And, that's translated into 326 wins (0.587 winning percentage) since 2018.

That trend continued over the weekend when Tampa Bay acquired Javy Guerra from the San Diego Padres. Rays insider Marc Topkin also reported on Sunday night the Rays made a roster move to make room for Guerra on the active roster.

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Guerra is as intriguing of a bullpen arm as you can get. He's a former top prospect in the Padres minor leagues, but for his work at shortstop. The Padres converted Guerra to pitching duties back in 2019 and he's appeared in 27.2 innings of MLB work.

Touting a big arm, Guerra hits triple digits with his fastball and works with a 90 mph slider. The stuff is nasty, and there's potential that Cash and the Rays can turn Guerra into another one of their success stories.

Tampa Bay kicks off the 2022 campaign at 5-5, but should still be in the postseason conversation by October. FanDuel Sportsbook's World Series Odds show the Rays at +1600 to win the title.

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