Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Tampa Bay Rays: Calvin Medlock RHP #56

As we continue on our 40 Rays in 40 days series, our next Ray is P Calvin Medlock.

Calvin Medlock
RHP #56
HT:5'10 WT:195

The Dish:Medlock was the Reds 39th round pick in the 2002 draft out of North Central Texas College. He started his pro career as a reliever in 2003. In 2004 he was moved to a starting role, making 24 starts in 33 appearances. He was named Reds Minor League Pitcher of the year in 2005 going 6-3 with a 3.06 ERA in 17 startsfor class A Sarasota Reds. In 2006 he was promoted to class AA Chattanooga, where he was converted to a full time reliever. He had a good deal of success going a 7-2 record with a 2.97 ERA and two saves. In 2007 he again was a reliever at AA and continued to post impressive numbers. He was promoted to AAA Louisville after 29 games. The Rays aquired Medlock along with Brian Shackleford in exchange for Jorge"Where's The Mongolian Beef" Cantu on July 28, 2007. The Rays sent Medlock to AAA Durham to finish the 2007 season.

2007 Numbers:(AA Chattanooga,AAA Louisville & AAA Durham combined)
51 Games, Record 6-3, 3.40 ERA, 1.12 WHIP in 79.1 IP.

Jules Fantasy Impact: The best case scenario is he gets called up and becomes Heath Bell, posting a low WHIP to help your fantasy team. But don't hold your breath as so few middle relievers are ever picked up in fantasy.

Role for '08: Medlock will start the season at AAA Durham where he posted a 3.45 ERA in 9 games last year. Depending on his showing this spring and early on this season at Durham he could be one of the first candidates to receive a callup should a Rays reliever get hurt or be ineffective.


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