Rays Ink All But Two, Add to Loaded Farm System

By signing second pick (No. 47 overall) LHP Kyle Lobstein on Friday afternoon, the Rays have inked 26 of their 28 selections in this year’s First-Year Player Draft. Only Brandon Meredith and Ryan Carpenter, the 15th- and 21st-round selections, did not sign. According to the Tampa Tribune’s Marc Lancaster, Lobstein will not pitch in a Minor League game this season, but is expected to report to rookie-level Princeton on Sunday.

Tidbits from the Farm..

— While much of the attention centered on top prospect David Price’s debut in Triple-A last week, RHP Heath Rollins quietly put together a solid performance of his own. The 23-year-old Rollins — who was promoted to Double-A to assume Price’s vacated spot — did not disappoint in his debut on Wednesday night. Rollins struck out nine batters and issued zero walks in seven innings of one-run ball. He gave up four hit totals, with his lone blemish a solo home run. Rollins retired the final 8 batters he faced. 

. –Per the Montgomery Advertiser, James Houser has been activated for the Double-A Biscuits.  The left-handed pitcher made his first start in a month on Friday night and was limited to 1 1/3 innings, walking three and giving up one hit and a run.

— Triple-A Durham’s Dan Johnson was 2-for-5 on Friday night and now leads the International League with a .969 OPS and .422 OBP.

— RHP Mitch Talbot tossed seven innings of shutout baseball on Thursday night to record his 26th win for Durham. In doing so, Talbot becomes the team’s second winningest pitcher. 


— Brittany Ghiroli

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