Tampa Bay Devil Rays rookie Rocco Baldelli sets the major league record for most hits by a rookie through April with 40, surpassing Ichiro's mark of 39 set in 2001.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays select outfielder Delmon Young with the number one overall selection of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.
Chad Gaudin tosses the first perfect game in Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization history in game one of a doubleheader against Jacksonville (LA) in his first game with AA Orlando. The 34th round draft pick in 2001 out of Crescent City High School in Metairie, LA, struck out nine with no walks recording just the second perfect game in Southern League history.
At 20 years, 4 months, Chad Gaudin becomes the youngest player in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays history when he takes the hill for his major league debut at Kansas City.
St. Petersburg native Doug Waechter throws a complete game, two-hit shutout against Seattle in his first big league start becoming the first of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and ninth American Leaguer since 1970 to accomplish the feat. He also becomes just the third major leaguer since 1970 to do it in his hometown. Jorge Sosa would follow the next night with a 1-0 complete game shutout over Seattle marking the first time in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays history of back-to-back complete-game shutouts.
Durham wins the International League title for the second straight year sweeping Pawtucket (Boston) three games to none. The Bulls become the 10th team in league history to win back-to-back Governor's Cups and the first to do so with a sweep in the finals in consecutive years.
Tampa Bay Devil Ray outfielder Carl Crawford is awarded the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum James "Cool Papa" Bell Legacy Award for winning the AL stolen bases crown. With 55 steals, Carl became the 6th youngest to steal 50 bases in a season and the youngest since Montreal's Tim Raines in 1981.