'Fab Four' among Rays' first camp cuts

Cash impressed with what young group showed while at big league Spring Training

'Fab Four' among Rays' first camp cuts

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The "Fab Four" -- Blake Snell, Jacob Faria, Jaime Schultz and Taylor Guerrieri -- highlighted the Rays' first cuts of Spring Training.

Faria, Guerrieri and Snell were all optioned, as was second baseman Ryan Brett. Reassigned were Schultz; fellow pitchers Eddie Gamboa, Justin Marks, Adam Reifer and Adam Wilk; catcher Jake DePew; outfielders Johnny Field and Dayron Varona (who will make the trip to Cuba next Tuesday); third baseman Patrick Leonard; and shortstop Daniel Robertson.

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"I don't want to speak for them, but I think they appreciated the experience," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "They got to play some. Their [Minor League] games start on the 16th, and they need to play."

As for the "Fab Four," Cash could not say enough nice things about what he saw from the talented group -- each ranked among the Rays' Top 30 prospects.

"The four young pitchers, there's a lot to be excited about," Cash said. "We've talked about it the whole camp. We expressed that to them individually. They all do a little something different. I think the most impressive thing that stood out is the way they carried themselves and the poise they showed."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.