Rays Welcome Catcher Curt Casali To The Show

Curt Casali In Show A Year Removed From High-A Baseball

Curt Casali

Earlier today the Tampa Bay Rays placed catcher Ryan Hanigan on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 9th) with a strained left oblique.  This is his second trip to the disabled list his first (May 27 through June 11, 15 games missed) was the result of a tight hamstring.

Hanigan has appeared in 57 games this season and has posted a slash line of .209/.306/.337 while throwing out 27% (7 of 26) of runners attempting to steal.

To replace Haningan on the 25-man roster the team has added catcher Curt Casali from the teams Triple-A affiliate Durham Bulls. To make room on the 40-man roster outfielder Wil Myers was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Although the length of time that  Hanigan will miss has not been discussed by the Rays it is fair to assume that he will be out several weeks.

Now that Casali has been added to the 40-man roster if he is returned to the minor leagues for a cumulative total of 20 days or more the Rays will have burned one of his three player options.

Casali began the year playing with the Rays Double-A affiliate Montgomery Biscuits where he played 22 games and posted a slash line of .314/.500/.429 spanning 96 plate appearances. Since moving to Durham he has struggled with the bat hitting just .237/.335/.359 spanning 183 plate appearances.  With the Bulls he has thrown out 31% (11 of 24)of  runners attempting to steal.

In the winter of 2012 the Detroit Tigers selected reliever Kyle Lobstein from the Rays in the Rule 5 draft. At the end of spring training the Tigers determined that he would not make their final 25 man roster and by rule had to place him on waivers.  If he cleared waivers the Rays could purchase him back for $25,000 or work a trade to allow the Tigers to keep Lobstein in their minor league system. The Tigers and Rays settled on Casali as compensation to allow the Tigers to keep Lobstein.

Casali opened the 2013 season with the Rays High-A affiliate Charlotte Stone Crabs where he hit .268/.344/.409 i n 48 games before being promoted to Montgomery.  He finished the season strong at Montgomery batting .383/.483/.500 in 35 games spanning 145 plate appearances.

In the span of 12 months he has gone from catching games in the Florida State League to being on the Rays 25 man roster.  It’s been quite a whirlwind for the 25-year old from Walnut Creek California and the best part lay in front of him tomorrow night in Minnesota when he’ll be in a big league uniform for the first time.

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