Third baseman Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay's first-round draft pick this year, is also coming to Montgomery.
He and shortstop Reid Brignac, who are scheduled to debut with the Biscuits on Friday, will arrive in town today.
I didn't think the Rays would be this aggressive with Longoria, who has played only 36 pro games. He starred at Long Beach State this spring and was this year's top-rated position player. Tampa Bay picked him third overall.
He does have the numbers, combined between short-season Hudson Valley and high-Class A Visalia: .350 average, 12 home runs, 39 RBIs. He also has a decent walk-to-strikeout ratio: 18 walks and 24 whiffs.
This gives the Biscuits a revamped left side of the field Friday: Longoria at third, Brignac at short and Patrick Breen in left. If those guys can give Montgomery some needed offense, the Biscuits are easily in line to make noise in the playoffs. They already stood a good chance of reaching the postseason.