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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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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: 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: Placed on IL

    The Rays placed Walls (hip) on the 10-day injured list Wednesday. Walls is working his way back from last October's surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip. According to MLB.com, Walls has been hitting in the batting cage, fielding grounders and throwing during spring training, and he's set to meet with a doctor Monday to get a gauge of where he stands in his recovery from surgery. Since he'll need to go through a spring training-esque progression that likely includes a minor-league rehab assignment once he's cleared to intensify his baseball activities, Walls might not be ready to make his season debut until late April or early May.
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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: Back from paternity leave

    The Rays reinstated Walls (personal) from the paternity list Monday, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports. Walls was away for a couple of days while tending to more important real-life matters. Tristan Gray had replaced Walls on the roster but will now head back to Triple-A Durham with Walls back in tow.
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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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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Could come off bench Wednesday

    Walls (groin) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox but could be available off the bench, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 27-year-old indicated he's fully recovered from the groin issue that's sidelined him the past couple days, but he'll still be held out of the lineup for Wednesday's series finale. Walls is expected to rejoin the starting nine Thursday versus Seattle but could see more regular off days going forward in an attempt to manage the injury. Osleivis Basabe will receive another start at shortstop in his place.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Could return Thursday

    Manager Kevin Cash said Walls (groin) is feeling better but isn't expected to rejoin the Rays' lineup until Thursday's game against the Mariners, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Walls is sitting for the second straight game Tuesday due to a groin issue, and it appears he'll also be sidelined for Wednesday's series finale versus Boston. It doesn't appear to be a serious injury, so the 27-year-old should be back by the end of the week. Vidal Brujan is making a second consecutive start at shortstop Tuesday.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Remains out of lineup

    Walls (groin) remains out of the lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Red Sox. Walls is a little banged up with minor groin soreness, though the Rays seem confident it's merely a day-to-day situation. He had just returned over the weekend after being out more than six weeks with an oblique strain. Vidal Brujan is getting another start at shortstop while Walls recuperates.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Battling groin injury

    Walls is absent from the Rays' lineup Monday versus the Red Sox due to a groin injury, Kristie Ackert of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Walls just returned Saturday after missing more than six weeks with an oblique strain and he lasted just two games before suffering another injury. The Rays are hopeful that he'll be able to avoid an IL stint this time around, but he'll be down for at least a day or two. Vidal Brujan is at shortstop Monday.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Takes over at shortstop

    Walls went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base Sunday against the Guardians. As expected, Walls has taken over the starting shortstop job in Tampa Bay, as he's started consecutive games at the position since being activated from the injured list Friday. He's gone 3-for-8 in that span and most importantly showed a willingness to be active on the basepaths Sunday. Walls will likely be limited to the bottom third of the order but should still be a solid source of stolen bases and runs scored down the stretch.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Returns from injured list

    Walls (oblique) was activated Friday from the 10-day injured list, Ryan Bass of Bally Sports Sun reports. Walls is recovered from a left oblique strain that has kept him sidelined since late July and figures to get consistent work at shortstop down the stretch with Wander Franco on administrative leave. Osleivis Basabe remains active with major-league rosters expanding from 26 to 28, but he could slide into more of a utility role.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Return not imminent

    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that Walls (oblique) is "still a ways away" from a return, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. A left oblique strain forced Walls to the injured list back on July 22 and there is still no timetable for his return to major-league action. The switch hitter has swiped 20 bags this season and he's taken a step forward with the bat, with a 95 wRC+ putting him just a little below league average by that metric.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Placed on IL with oblique strain

    Walls was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a left oblique strain, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The injured occurred during Thursday's loss to the Orioles. No timetable for Walls' return has been established, but it's an injury which typically requires more than a minimum stay on the IL. Isaac Paredes should see a little more playing time with Walls out and Vidal Brujan -- who has taken Walls' spot on the roster -- could also get some starts.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Swipes two bags

    Walls went 0-for-3 with a walk and two steals in Thursday's 3-1 loss against the Phillies. Walls continued to run all over the Phillies, racking up his second and third stolen bases of the series Thursday. The pair of swipes pushed him to 20 on the season, the ninth most in baseball. Though he's managed to produce in the steal column lately, Walls is going through a mini-slump, having gone hitless in each of his last four games (10 at-bats).
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Two hits in return

    Walls went 2-for-5 with an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base Friday against the Mariners. Walls was held out of the Rays' lineup for three games with a back issue, but he returned to tally his second multi-hit performance in 24 games in June. He hit just .175 for the month and also had only two stolen bases. Walls is hitting just .218 across 242 plate appearances on the campaign, but his versatility in the field and 12.4 percent walk rate give him the chance to play and rack up runs and stolen bases.
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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Returns to starting lineup

    Walls (back) is hitting eighth and playing second base Friday versus Seattle, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Walls was kept out of the lineup for three consecutive games because of tightness in his back/right lat, but the infielder is ready to roll against the Mariners for the series opener. Vidal Brujan will retreat to the bench with Walls back in the lineup.
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