Young Guns- Rays

Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria is 23 years old. Longoria attended Long beach State for college. He was a shortstop in high school but moved to third because Troy Tulowitzki was already at shortstop. Tulowitzki is now the shortop for the Colorado Rockies. Longoria was drafted by the Rays in the first round in the 2006 MLB draft. He was the third pick. He signed with Tampa Bay and got a three million dollar signing bonus. He has only played one major league season, this year being his rookie year. He hit .272 with 122 hits, 27 home runs, 85 RBI’s, and seven stolen bases in 122 games. He made twelve errors at third base last season. He has a .964 carer fielding percentage. This year he made the all-star game after winning the American League Final Vote. He competed in the home run derby. He finished last with three total home runs. He did go one for four with a double in the all-star game though but he did strike out twice. In 2008 he won the American League Rookie of the Year Award. He was the first Rays to win the award. He lead the team in the regular season to the World Series where the Rays lost to the Phillies in the World Series. He went 12 for 62 with a .194 batting average, six home runs, thirteen RBI’s, and one stolen base in the postseason. In the World Series he went one for twenty. If Longoria wants to improve in spring training he should work on coming through in the clutch. Sounds like i is time to take lessons for Big Papi! He hit two home runs in his first two at bats in the postseason. Longoria has mocked for having nearly the same name as actress Eva Longoria Parker who is married to NBA star Tony Parker. When he was at visiting ballparks in the minor leagues on the scoreboard pictures of Eva Longoria Parker would pop up. The two are not related and have never met. 
Photos
1- zimbo.com
2- evanlongoria.org
3- evaanlongoria.org
Honorable Mentions
2- B.J. Upton
3- David Price
4- Scott Kazmir 
5- Dioner Navarro
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9 comments

  1. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Bob …

    Nice profile of the Rays Evan Longoria !!! … He had a great year in 2008, winning the AL Rookie of the Year award; and, should continue to improve in 2009 and future years !!! … Also, interesting story in your post about Longoria’s time in the minor leagues, when his team would play on the road, and the teams they played against would put pictures of actress Eva Longoria up on the centerfield scoreboard … I’m sure the opposing fans in those ballparks would really get-on Evan when those pictures were shown on the scoreboard !!! … The Tampa Bay Rays have many promising young players, and should have another great year in 2009, making for a very fun “race for first place” in the AL East this upcoming season, and in future years, between the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays, and, even, the Blue Jays !!! … Of the “Honorable Mentions” Rays players you listed above, I really look forward to watching David Price pitch this year, as the Rays plan on using him in their starting rotation !!! … He has an explosive fastball, pitching out of the bullpen the second half of last year, and in the post-season !!! … But, just like the Yankees plan on doing with Joba Chamberlain, the Rays want to see what Price can do as a starter over a full season in the starting rotation !!! … Anyway, excellent post as usual, Bob … Keep up the great work !!! … Spring Training is almost here; so, it will be great to see live baseball again, very soon !!! … Take care, and have a great day !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L” http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

  2. raysrenegade

    You know the worst thing is that the Rays have had 3 other players in the past 8 years who also could have won the Rookie of the Year award if thing went right for them.

    Carl Crawford
    Rocco Baldelli……….3rd place ROY
    Jonny Gomes……….3rd place ROY

    But the great part is that the team became strong behind these players, and Longo is the future corner glue to the Rays success in the next 5 years and beyond. He is going to have a rough start to 2009, since pitchers now know his strike zone, but he will adjust and do fine in the end.

    Thanks for mentioning this great superstar in the making.

    Rays Renegade

    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

  3. bigpapi72

    Julia- Thanks I know that is kind of funny.
    Jimmy- Thanks I still think Joba should stay in the pen.
    Cob- I agree I hate him but he rocks at baseball
    R.R.- No problem I’m sure David Price will compete for the R.O.T.Y. so maybe it will be two.
    Elizabeth- The Red Sox farm system is awesome. The Rays are the only team with a better farm system.
    Melissa- It cracks me up to. Thanks for the visit.

    -Bob

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