The Tampa Bay Rays are one of baseball’s most innovative organizations. They’re responsible for making the extreme infield shift a mainstream strategy and their experimentation with using an “opener” last season has gotten much attention and will likely have its fair share of copycats.

The Rays are trend setters who consistently think outside the box, and it’s helped them achieve success. They unexpectedly won 90 games last season, they’ve won 10 of their first 13 games this season, and are currently in first place in the AL East. However, a sound, forward thinking strategy can only take you so far. A baseball team also needs good players.

The Rays have plenty of talent on their roster, much of which went virtually ignored in preseason drafts. Entering Thursday’s action Rays starting pitchers had a combined 1.61 ERA. Blake Snell and Charlie Morton are widely recognized for their abilities, but there are other budding stars in the Rays rotation who deserve to be acknowledged...