Marc Topkin

In The Spotlight

Marc Topkin -Premium Content

With blond hair and a slight 6-foot, 160-pound frame, Elliot Johnson doesn't look like a villain. But after a home-plate collision with Yankees catching prospect Francisco Cervelli in a March 8 spring training game, Johnson was being vilified on the back pages of all three New York tabloids and blasted by Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Tampa Bay Rays

Reasons To Believe

Marc Topkin -Premium Content

There are extensive studies, lengthy analyses and way-too-complicated-to-understand computer projections attempting to define and categorize how good of a pitcher Rays ace Scott Kazmir could become. Tampa Bay teammate B.J. Upton can do it in two words: "Cy Young."

Majors | #2008#Season Preview

Devil Rays Organization Report

Marc Topkin -Premium Content

Quietly, which is certainly his style, and slowly, which is the organization's style, Jeremy Hellickson has pitched his way into the Rays' future. A 2005 fourth-round pick out of Hoover High in Des Moines, Hellickson led the organization with a 2.43 ERA last season and was named pitcher of the year at short-season Hudson Valley for going 4-3 with a New York-Penn-leading 96 strikeouts in 78 innings.

Majors | #2007#Organization Reports#Tampa Bay Devil Rays