Getting to Know: Luke Maile
Catcher Luke Maile entered 2015 as a non-roster invite to spring training. He begins 2016 with just over a month of MLB service time, an opportunity that helped him as he prepared for this season.
Maile, the Rays 8th round pick in the 2012 draft, says he felt he needed to become a bit more physical in the off-season after seeing the strength and physicality of MLB players. While his weight of about 228 hasn’t changed, Maile says a rigorous weight-training program has that weight distributed better.
Maile has felt a difference, especially at the plate, where he’s 2-for-7 with a double in the first four games this spring. The goal is to lead to better regular season results. Known as a terrific receiver, Maile hit no worse than .268 before 2015. Last year, he batted .207 for Triple-A Durham and was 6-for-35 in 15 games for the Rays.
The important thing for Maile is knowing that the baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint, and who would know better than the Maile family. In fact, his wife Paige, ran the New York City Marathon on November first of last year, their first wedding anniversary.
We discussed Paige’s first marathon, and what Luke learned in the majors last year:
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Maile now is a .259 hitter in the minors in 342 games with a .711 OPS. Maile, known as an excellent receiver, caught five of Matt Moore’s starts last year. Moore had a 1.72 ERA when paired with Maile.