Last month, the Tampa Bay Rays rewarded outfielder Matt Joyce with a one-year, $2.45 million contract after putting up decent numbers in each of the last two season. Joyce has always been the type of player who has showed potential to put up bigger numbers at times and now that he’s earned a bit of a raise, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t breakout more in 2013.
Joyce is coming off a 2012 season in which he recorded a .241 batting average to go along with 17 home runs and 59 RBIs. These statistics may be down from the previous season, but there’s no reason why Joyce shouldn’t be able to post career highs heading into 2013.
Despite falling short of the playoffs last year, Tampa Bay is talented enough to not only make a run at the AL East title in 2013, but the World Series as well. If there’s any chance of this happening, the Rays will need as many of their underdog players to step it up and take their game to a new level.
One of the main players that comes to mind in Joyce and after all of the potential shown during the 2012 season, it should be interesting to see if he can live up to the hype next year now that he’s received a bit of a pay raise. As mentioned before, it was a big shock to see Tampa Bay fall short of the playoffs and let’s hope things change in 2013 if Joyce can come up big.
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