2022 Tampa Bay Rays Projected Starting Lineup Staff

March 24, 2022 at 2:59 pm.


1B     Ji-Man Choi — Expected to be strong side in platoon with Yandy Diaz;
Choi is better defender.

2B     Brandon Lowe — Among the most valuable position players last two years;
big power comes with a lot of swing-and-misses.

SS     Wander Franco — First player born in 2000s to get to MLB; had 1.020 OPS hitting right-handed last year.

3B     Yandy Diaz — Best off at first base; job could go to switch-hitters Vidal Brujan and Taylor Walls.

LF     Randy Arozarena — 2021 AL Rookie of the Year; free swinger; expect at least 20/20 production.

CF     Kevin Kiermaier — Elite gloveman winding down career; still takes good hacks against lefties.

RF     Manuel Margot — Plus defender; 16 Outs Above Average last year, per Statcast; doesn’t help much with bat.

C       Mike Zunino — All-or-nothing hacker; connected for 33 home runs last year; top-tier pitch-framer.

DH    Austin Meadows — Altered his textbook swing from left side; sells out for power these days; batting average keeps dropping.


LH     Shane McClanahan — Slider best pitch for lefty with triple-digit heat; Tyler Glasnow might be back by July.

RH     Shane Baz — Shows three above-average to plus pitches, including mid-90s four-seamer.

RH     Corey Kluber — Two-time Cy Young award winner; injuries have taken toll; relies heavily on off-speed stuff.

LH     Ryan Yarbrough — Soft-tosser succeeds with superb command; yielded only 28 percent hard contact rate last year.

RH     Drew Rasmussen — Throws gas; has developed plus slider; hard-throwing Luis Patino also a factor.


RH     Andrew Kittredge (closer) — Sinker/slider master with superb command; 53.5 percent ground-ball rate last year.

RH     Pete Fairbanks — Attacks with high-90s heat, plus slider; shoulder issues
a concern.

RH     JT Chargois — Slider specialist and hard sinker; iffy command.