Three pitchers nearly fill out roster

Three arms nearly fill out roster

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays moved closer to filling their 40-man roster Thursday by adding three pitchers to put them at 39 players.

Selected were right-handers Wade Davis and Dale Thayer and left-hander Jake McGee.

Davis, 23, went 13-8 with a 3.47 ERA in 28 starts at Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham this year. He was named Montgomery's Pitcher of the Year despite a mid-July promotion to Durham.

Davis' 13 wins tied for the most among Rays Minor Leaguers. He was named to the Southern League midseason All-Star team, his fourth career All-Star selection. Baseball America identified him in its Nov. 17-30 issue as the Rays' No. 3 prospect and as having the best curveball in the organization. The Rays selected him out of Lake Wales (Fla.) High School in the third round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

McGee, 22, went 6-4 with a 3.94 ERA in 15 starts for Montgomery before suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament that ended his season in June and required Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery. Baseball America named him the No. 9 prospect in the organization; he was ranked No. 3 on the same list last year. He has been named to six All-Star teams in the Minors, including the Southern League midseason All-Star team this year. The Rays selected him in the fifth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Edward C. Reed High School in Nevada.

Thayer, 27, spent the season with Durham, where he went 3-1 with nine saves and a 2.77 ERA. In 2007, he went 9-0 with 21 saves for the Bulls. Over six Minor League seasons, the right-hander has compiled a 26-15 record, a 2.33 ERA and 132 saves and has been named to four All-Star teams.

The Rays acquired Thayer as the player to be named in the Sept. 15, 2006, trade that sent outfielder Russell Branyan to the Padres. San Diego signed him in 2002 as a non-drafted free agent out of Chico State in California.

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