Rays March 1 at Spring Training

Kevin Cash cited Mike Montgomery for throwing “really” well on Sunday. He went on to say of the left-hander, whom the Rays acquired from the Royals in the James Shields trade, that Montgomery will be looked at in a relieving role this spring, noting that would be his “quickest way to impact us.”  Cash likes the fact that Montgomery is 6-foot-6 and left-handed. He did not want to compare him to Andrew Miller, but he allowed that Montgomery’s leverage and deception played well.

Cash could be seen hitting ground balls to some of the young infielders in camp, including highly thought of prospects Ryan Brett and Daniel Robertson.

Brett, who came up through the Rays system, is a second baseman who hit .303 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs for Double-A Montgomery last season. “[Brett] stuck out turning the double-play,” Cash said.

Robertson came to the Rays in the trade that sent Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar to the Athletics. He plays shortstop and hit .310 with 15 home runs and 60 RBIs for Triple-A Stockton. “Robertson looks the part,” Cash said.

–Bill Chastain

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