Next big hit

Jonathan Aranda, with the help of Randy Arozarena, could be the Rays' next big hit

The reason for the mid-2015 excursion to Tijuana was to get a gander at the multi-gifted player who had surrendered as of late from Cuba and was in Mexico working out with the Toros group

Under Major League Baseball spending limitations, the Rays wouldn't have been ready to sign him then, at that point,

Beams global exploring chief Carlos Rodriguez — on the suggestion of scouts Eddie Diaz and Guillermo Arment — likewise investigated a few youthful players working in the Toros' foundation program

"It's amazing, right?" Rodriguez said Friday. "There's a maxim, that you're consistently risky at the ballpark

Aranda turned 17 soon after the exercise for the Rays, and — at a wiry 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds then — endorsed with them on July 2, 2015, for about $130,000

"At the point when he came to see me (at the exercise), I was significantly more intrigued," Aranda said, through group translator Manny Navarro

"It was troublesome at first as a result of I think simply an absence of involvement," Aranda said. "So the initial not many years it was on that

In short June and July spells with the Rays, Aranda showed he could hit in the major associations also, going 6-for-16