This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
Heading into this offseason, the only thing that was certain in Tampa Bay is that everything was rather uncertain heading into 2011. Year after year, the Rays organization would grade highly in the prospect rankings but since the club became a contender it ceased its proving ground status that it was as the Devil Rays under Chuck Lamar. It was Lamar and owner Vince Naimoli's vision to play for the now, as cheaply as possible most years. Carl Crawford was taken in the 1999 draft out of high school and was in the majors by 2002 to stay. Rocco Baldelli was taken in the 2000 draft out of high school and was the opening day center fielder in 2003. B.J. Upton was the second overall pick of the 2002 draft and yet 25 months later, he was in the major leagues at the age of 19 getting 159 at bats in the final two months of the 2004 season. Those three players were to be the franchise's outfield for the rest of