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Jul 20, 2024 0 1 0 0
Jul 19, 2024 0 0 0 0 1
Jul 14, 2024 0 0 0 0 -1
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Taylor Walls' minor-league reputation as an elite defender with a good eye and speed continues to ring true in the big leagues, though he's failed to build on it. He produced 10 DRS between shortstop, second and third base last season and had a 12.7 percent walk rate and 22 steals in 99 games. The switch-hitter was otherwise forgettable offensively with eight homers, 36 RBI, 50 runs and a .201/.305/.333 slash line. A 28.3 percent hard-hit rate and 3.3 percent barrel rate also don't paint a pretty underlying picture. Walls' ceiling seems to be trending toward that of a utility infielder, and he could still provide some niche fantasy value with steals if he sees enough playing time. The availability of Wander Franco remains up in the air heading into 2024 after finishing last season on administrative leave, leaving the Rays with a major gap at shortstop. Walls will surely be in the mix, but top prospect Junior Caminero could be the favorite for the job.

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2024 321.1 8 4 13 3 .158
2023 2292.3 50 8 36 44 22 .201
2022 2131.5 53 8 33 52 10 .172
3y Avg. 173.51.8 39 6 28 40 12 .188
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Idle Saturday

    Walls isn't in the Rays' lineup for Saturday's game versus Cleveland, Steve Carney of StPeteNine.com reports. After going 0-for-3 with a walk during Friday's win, Walls will take a seat Saturday while Jose Caballero starts at shortstop, batting seventh.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Resting Thursday

    Walls isn't in the Rays' lineup Thursday versus the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. After going 2-for-3 during Wednesday's loss, Walls will take a seat for Thursday's series finale against Nestor Cortes. Jose Caballero will get the nod to start at shortstop instead.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Getting afternoon off

    Walls is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers. Walls will hit the bench for the series finale after he started each of the past three games while going 2-for-11 with a walk, an RBI and a run. Jose Caballero steps in for Walls at shortstop.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Heading bench Wednesday

    Walls is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game at Kansas City. Walls started the previous four games but will sit Wednesday after going 1-for-10 with three walks and five strikeouts during that stretch. Jose Caballero will take over at shortstop and bat eighth.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Day off Wednesday

    Walls is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game versus the Mariners, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Walls had a rare big night offensively in Tuesday's 11-3 win over Seattle, going 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored. He'll begin Wednesday's game on the bench, enabling Jose Caballero to pick up a start at shortstop.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Out of Thursday's lineup

    Walls is out of the lineup for Thursday's contest in Minnesota, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Walls started six of eight games at shortstop after returning from the injured list June 7 but has now been in the lineup just once over the last five tilts, though he was battling an illness for some of that time. Jose Caballero will cover shortstop Thursday in Walls' stead.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Returning to lineup

    Walls (illness) will start at shortstop and bat eighth in Wednesday's game versus the Twins. Walls was unavailable for a few days due to an illness, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go Wednesday. He's started at shortstop in six of 11 games since returning from the injured list June 7.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Sitting in second straight game

    Walls is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against Atlanta. The switch-hitting Walls is sitting against a right-handed starting pitcher (Hurston Waldrep) for the second day in a row, perhaps hinting that he hasn't quite locked down an everyday role at shortstop since his return from the injured list June 7. Walls had started in six of the Rays' ensuing eight games following his reinstatement, but he went just 2-for-18 with three walks against 10 strikeouts during that stretch. Jose Caballero (calf) and Amed Rosario look to be Walls' main threats for playing time at shortstop.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Sitting Saturday

    Walls is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's contest against Atlanta. Walls will take a seat after he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Friday's series opener. Amed Rosario will draw the start at shortstop and bat seventh versus Atlanta.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Swipes first bag

    Walls went 0-for-2 with two walks, a stolen base and a run scored Wednesday against the Cubs. Walls has started five of six games since being activated from the injured list, though he's collected just two hits in 14 at-bats. Positively, he stole his first base of the season Wednesday, suggesting he'll still be willing to run even after returning from a serious hip injury.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Not in Monday's lineup

    Walls is out of the lineup for Monday's contest against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Walls started at shortstop in each of the Rays' three games over the weekend following his activation from the 60-day injured list, but he will begin Monday's contest on the bench. Jose Caballero -- who had been the everyday shortstop prior to Walls' return -- will occupy the position Monday.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Headed to Durham

    Walls (hip) will have his rehab assignment transferred to Triple-A Durham on Wednesday, MLB.com reports. Walls has been playing in the Florida Complex League for the last week and went 2-for-17 with one home run, two walks and two strikeouts across five games. He was able to play entire games at shortstop and will now move up levels in what should be a final stint in his rehab before being activated from the injured list.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Cleared for activity

    Walls (hip) reported to the Rays' spring training facility in Port Charlotte, Fla. earlier this week and will go through workouts for the next 10-to-14 days before beginning a rehab assignment, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. According to Topkin, Walls will be going through a modified version of his own spring training while he builds up stamina and stacks up at-bats as he works his way back from the surgery he required last October to address a labral tear in his right hip. The Rays opted to shut Walls down in late April for two weeks after he experienced renewed inflammation in his hip, and the 27-year-old seemingly responded well to the extra time off. Since he's been on the injured list all season, Walls will presumably be in store for an extended minor-league rehab assignment, making it unlikely that he's activated before the end of May. Whenever he's ready to go, Walls could threaten Jose Caballero for everyday duties at shortstop.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Moves to 60-day IL

    The Rays transferred Walls (hip) to the 60-day injured list Saturday, Ryan Bass of Bally Sports Sun reports. Manager Kevin Cash said last weekend that Walls has not been recovering as quickly as the Rays had hoped for, and the infielder's move to the 60-day IL is further indication that he is not nearing a return soon. Walls is now eligible to return from the IL beginning May 26, though it remains unclear whether he'll be ready to go by then or not. Erasmo Ramirez was selected from Triple-A Durham to fill the open spot on Tampa Bay's 40-man roster.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Not progressing as hoped

    Manager Kevin Cash said Saturday that Walls (hip) isn't recovering as quickly as the Rays had originally hoped, MLB.com reports. Walls has yet to play this season while recovering from offseason hip surgery. He was expected to return by mid-April, but he has no clear timeline to come off the 10-day injured list at this point. Walls' ongoing absence should ensure continued playing time for Jose Caballero at shortstop.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Expected in mid-April

    Walls (hip) is expected to take the field within two or three weeks of the start of the regular season, MLB.com reports. Walls is recovering from hip surgery and won't be ready to take the field on Opening Day. There hasn't been much detailed information about his rehab, but he has resumed defensive work while taking swings off a tee. He's also begun running to test the range of motion in his hip. Assuming he remains on track, Walls shouldn't miss much time and will compete with Jose Caballero for the starting shortstop job once activated from the injured list.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Progressing with rehab

    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday that Walls (hip) is on track to be ready for the beginning of the 2024 season, Steve Carney of StPeteNine.com reports. Walls underwent surgery in late October to repair a labral tear in his right hip and relieve discomfort caused by an impingement, but he has progressed well in the early stages of his rehab program and could resume workouts sometime in February. The 27-year-old racked up 22 stolen bases over 99 games in 2023, though he finished with a rough .201/.305/.333 overall slash line.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Gets start at shortstop

    Walls is starting at shortstop and batting seventh in Tuesday's AL Wild Card Series opener versus the Rangers. Walls didn't start two of the Rays' final three regular-season games and has posted an anemic .491 OPS since the beginning of June. However, manager Kevin Cash trusts Walls' glove at shortstop more than anyone else and that's earned him a start in Game 1.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Sitting amid slump

    Walls is absent from the lineup Friday at Toronto. Junior Caminero is playing shortstop and batting sixth as Curtis Mead handles second base and hits third. The 27-year-old Walls has slashed just .125/.250/.208 with 21 strikeouts over his last 57 plate appearances dating back to Sept. 7.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Placed on paternity list

    Walls was placed on the paternity list Saturday, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports. Walls can be away from the team for up to three games. To take his spot on the roster, the Rays selected the contract of Tristan Gray.
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