Vero Beach Devil Rays
The Vero Beach Devil Rays of Vero Beach, Florida, played two years in the Florida State League. For both of those years, they were the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The identity began following the 2006 season, when the Los Angeles Dodgers, in anticipation of their spring training site moving from Vero Beach to Arizona, abandoned the Vero Beach Dodgers in favor of the California League. The franchise then latched on to in-state Tampa Bay.
The Vero Beach Devil Rays were a COTOB identity through and through, with visual branding being essentially identical to Tampa Bay, with a VB replacing the TB on the cap logo. Considering it was only a two-year stint, there is a nice list of alums, including Wade Davis, Jeremy Hellickson, Desmond Jennings, and BJ Upton. Furthermore, Tampa’s run of success during the late aughts coincided with the Vero Beach years, and the parent club sent some key players across the state for rehab stints. Unfortunately, there are very few images that I can find online of any players, let alone the notable alumni.
The devil is in the details, however, and it is likely that the VB-Rays were merely a placeholder team. Following the 2008 season, the team moved into the Rays’ spring training complex in Port Charlotte, Florida. The new team took their colors from the then-recently rebranded Rays, and they play as the Charlotte Stone Crabs to this day.