The past two months have been quite a ride for one of the game's top prospects. Expecting to make the Tampa Bay roster out of camp, he was sent to Class AAA Durham to start the season. Two weeks later, he was called up to the big leagues for the first time, and days after that, Longoria signed a six-year contract that could be worth as much as $44 million.
Longoria would go 1-for-3 with a walk as the Rays lost to the Orioles 7-4 that night, raising his average to .275 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in his first month of action. Back at his locker, he talked about what it felt like to be cut from the major-league roster out of spring training, signing that big contract and his plans for a first date.