SARASOTA, Fla. --
and his staff spend the spring breaking down the game into increments of 90 feet – the distance between the basepaths.
But one ninth-inning mistake in Thursday’s
Rays top prospect
Then, with former No. 1 overall pick Tim Beckham batting, home plate umpire John Hirschbeck called catcher's interference on Exposito for picking up the ball with his mask, awarding Myers home plate and giving the Rays a 4-3 lead.
The run might have scored anyway, because Beckham later singled up the middle off Bundy, but it still proved to be the decisive run.
The Orioles trailed 3-0 before catcher
Both of the team’s top two prospects – right-handers Bundy and
While Gausman overcame early control issues – he walked the first two batters he faced – Bundy allowed the winning run in the last of his three innings. He allowed two hits, walked two and struck out one.
Gausman – who dazzled in his last outing in Fort Myers against the
Another run was charged to Gausman when Mike Belfiore gave up
Asked if Bundy and Gausman would see another outing in major league camp, Showalter said both can still benefit from remaining with the team.
"There are still some others things they can get," Showalter said. "There are still things, especially when they keep getting feedback and keep filing information away that they get. It's invaluable. There are still things here they will get that they won't get at [minor league camp in] Twin Lakes."