Maddon working on batting order

Maddon working on batting order

Maddon working on batting order
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Rays manager Joe Maddon noted that one of his spring tasks will be to develop a batting order and have it flow.

"[The batting order has] got a chance to be very thick from one through nine," Maddon said. "Anytime you can have [Carlos Pena's] power, Luke Scott's power and then you have the other guys that are coming on. The Matt Joyce's of the world, who probably has not reached his power potential in the Major Leagues yet, either. The fact that Desmond Jennings showed what he did last year,[Evan Longoria], I think Longo looks great, B.J. [Upton].

"I've talked about this, in the past couple of years. Our power potential has been underestimated. So I think you're going to see guys who are now [becoming veteran players]. They have a better understanding of what they're doing at the plate. You're going to see more power out of them. And then they are going to be accented with these other two guys. So it's really exciting."