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2022 Fantasy Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays Team Outlook

During the last three seasons, the Rays have been one of the best staff within the AL East. They gained their division in 2020 and 2021 with a mixed file of 140-82 (326-220 since 2018). Tampa led the American League in ERA (3.67), supported by a prime bullpen (58 wins, 32 losses, 42 saves and a 3.24 ERA – third). In addition they completed second in runs scored (857), outscoring the Blue Jays (846) and Purple Sox (829). As well as, the Rays pushed to sixth in house runs (222) whereas swiping 88 bases (seventh).

Their massive splash in free company was the signing of SP Corey Kluber. The Rays traded 3B Joey Wendle to Miami for OF Kameron Misner. They misplaced DH Nelson Cruz, RP Collin McHugh, SP Michael Wacha (BOS) and SP Chris Archer to free company. Tampa additionally locked up SS Wander Franco for the subsequent 11 seasons.

Even with the lack of SP Tyler Glasnow to TJ surgical procedure, the Rays have an elite class of arms to fill out their beginning rotation. Not often will their starters pitch over six innings, and their younger creating aces have many brief outings. Total, Tampa has one of the best pitching within the AL East.

Their bullpen is filled with gamers acquired from different franchises whereas missing a stud basis nearer. The Rays proceed to piece collectively the final three innings of video games; it will likely be their Achilles heel one among these years.

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Wander Franco has the texture of a generational participant, and he can be enjoyable to look at over the subsequent decade. Tampa’s prime 4 hitters have a excessive ceiling. Nevertheless, the staff nonetheless lacks a confirmed energy clean-up bat, which Nelson Cruz offered in 2021. I’m not a fan of the again of their beginning lineup, so Tampa ought to regress in runs scored this season.

Tampa has not gained the World Collection within the staff’s 24-year historical past, however they imagine it’s their time to make a run on the Yankees for essentially the most championships in baseball historical past.

Aug 27, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco (5) at bat against the Baltimore Orioles during the third inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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Beginning Lineup

2B Brandon Lowe

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Coming into 2021, Lowe has the look of a danger/reward energy hitter primarily based on his excessive strikeout fee (29.9) over his first 618 at-bats within the majors. He completed the 12 months with energy in his stroll fee (11.1) whereas shaving off some strikeouts (27.2) from his profession common. His bat has been distinctive with runners on base over the previous two seasons (RBI fee – 18) whereas providing a house run favoring common hit fee (2.121).

Lowe had an empty begin to his season over his first 208 at-bats (.188 with 31 runs, 10 house runs and 25 RBI) whereas putting out 76 instances. For the rest of the 12 months, he hit .284 with 66 runs, 29 house runs, 74 RBI over 327 at-bats. Over this stretch, he lowered his strikeout fee to 24.4%.

Regardless of 10 house runs and 27 RBI over 172 at-bats in opposition to lefties, Lowe solely hit .198 with 64 strikeouts. If he struggles, Lowe may lose taking part in time vs. left-handed pitching. His swing path delivers loads of fly balls (44.0%), resulting in a rising HR/FB fee (24.1 – career-best). He completed with a top-tier barrel fee (14.0 – thirty third), however his hard-hit fee (43.1 – a hundred and first) was much less spectacular.

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Fantasy Outlook

Lowe presently sits eighth at second base (ADP – 82) within the early draft season within the NFBC. His sport is all about energy, which can also be key to his success in runs and RBI. Nevertheless, with a lead spot within the batting order, he’ll by no means repeat his RBI manufacturing primarily based on his 2021 RBI possibilities (346). I belief 30-plus house runs with some worth in runs. His batting common shouldn’t be an asset.

OF Austin Meadows

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Meadows went from a difference-maker in 2019 to a bust the next season. He regained his energy stroke in 2021, highlighted by his common hit fee (1.959), and Meadows did a spectacular job with runners on base (RBI fee – 20.4). Regardless of his greatest strategy within the majors (strikeout fee – 20.6 and stroll fee – 10.0), his contact batting common (.306) turned a major difficulty.

Left-handed pitchers held him to a .198 batting common with three house runs and 25 RBI over 167 at-bats. In 2019, Meadows belonged within the beginning lineup vs. lefties (.275/9/32 over 167 at-bats). He drove in 57 runners from Could by means of July, however Meadows solely performed effectively in Could (.258/19/9/28 over 97 at-bats). His greatest asset for energy was his launch angle (21.7 – seventh), main to an enormous fly ball swing (53.0%) however a dainty HR/FB fee (12.6).

Fantasy Outlook

There may be clearly one thing fallacious with Meadows’ wiring on the plate over the previous two years. He appears to be like to be on a quest to hit the ball out of the park, however too many swings result in weak outs within the outfield, thus the fade in his contact batting common. However, I’ll give checkmarks for his strategy and feistiness in massive moments with runners on base. With an ADP of 134, Meadows had a boom-or-bust really feel. His expertise screams upside, which begins with a extra balanced swing path. So in spring coaching, we look ahead to indicators to assist our resolution on him.

OF Randy Arozarena

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After taking part in effectively over three seasons within the minors (.292 with 201 runs, 38 house runs, 151 RBI and 61 steals over 1,129 at-bats), Arozarena lastly earned a beginning job within the majors in 2020. He flashed energy (seven house runs over 63 at-bats) in September earlier than shifting right into a a lot larger gear within the postseason (29-for-77 with 19 runs, 10 house runs and 14 RBI).

Getting into the 2021 draft season, fantasy managers had a psychological debate whether or not Arozarena may help his short-term success. He completed the 12 months because the Thirty fifth-ranked hitter by SIscore (3.26). Arozarena had weak spot in his strikeout fee (28.2) whereas posting an above-average stroll fee (9.3). His contact common (.404) confirmed repeating capability, however his energy surge in 2020 was lacking in motion.

Arozarena didn’t have one explosive month. He did shine in opposition to left-handed pitching (.302/10/22 over 202 at-bats). A part of his low output in energy got here from his floor ball swing path (49.0%). Arozarena bailed out his season in stolen bases in September (8).

Fantasy Outlook

With a whole season to guage Arozarena, fantasy house owners gave him an ADP of 58 within the early NFBC draft season. He’s the thirty eighth hitter chosen, becoming his last 2021 stats. I’m a fan of gamers with balanced talent units, and I may see him push larger in house runs with a bit extra loft. Potential .290 with 90 runs, 25 house runs, 90 RBI and 25 steals.

SS Wander Franco

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Over three brief seasons within the minors (830 at-bats), Franco hit .331 with 159 runs, 27 house runs, 145 RBI and 27 stolen bases. He made the transfer from Excessive A in 2019 to AAA in 2021 (no minor league baseball in 2020) with relative ease (.313/31/7/35/4 over 163 at-bats), incomes him a name as much as the majors on June 22.

With the Rays, he completed with a .288 batting common with 53 runs, seven house runs, 39 RBI and two steals over 281 at-bats. Pitchers struggled to strike him out (12.0%) whereas displaying a major-league common stroll fee (7.8 – 10.2 within the minors). Franco was a beast with runners on base (RBI fee – 19.4). Nevertheless, he nonetheless must learn to drive the ball primarily based on his line-drive-producing launch angle (9.7 – 233rd) and low HR/FB fee (8.3 – 13.7 at AAA).

His swing performed effectively in opposition to lefties (.357 over 98 at-bats with 4 house runs and 16 RBI). Over his last 164 at-bats with Tampa, Franco hit .323 with 37 runs, 4 house runs and 25 RBI whereas dealing with himself effectively within the playoffs (7-for-19 with 5 runs, two house runs and 4 RBI).

Fantasy Outlook

Getting into his second season with Tampa at age 21, Franco wants 2,919 hits to achieve 3,000, which can come within the 2038 season on the newest. His swing and strategy level to him being a prime participant in batting common all through his profession. Franco has excessive upside in energy, however it would take him a few seasons to search out his house run swing path. He’ll chip in with some steals, however he’s not blessed with affect velocity. His protection ought to push him to second base in some unspecified time in the future in his profession. I view him as an identical participant to Juan Soto in strategy. His ADP (54) priced him because the fiftieth hitter drafts, requiring him to submit a season higher than Yuli Gurriel (.319/83/15/81 over 530 at-bats – he ranked 52rd by SIscore in 2021). For a fantasy supervisor on the lookout for a Ferrari (don’t miss his journey), you possibly can count on Franco to hit .320 with 100-plus runs, 20-plus house runs, 100-plus RBI and about 10 steals, and that could be his flooring in 2021.

1B Ji-Man Choi

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Over 4 seasons with Tampa, Choi hit .249 with 127 runs, 41 house runs, and 151 RBI over 950 at-bats. He began 2021 on the injured listing after having proper knee surgical procedure in late March. Late within the 12 months, he missed time with groin and hamstring points.

His bat was nugatory in opposition to left-handed pitching (13-for-70 with no house runs and 5 RBI). Choi has a decent HR/FB fee (18.6 – 17.7 in his profession).

Fantasy Outlook

Final November, the Rays signed him to a minimal contract ($3.2 million for one season). Tampa should signal one other free agent choice to play first base after the lockout. Choi has no beginning fantasy worth.

OF Jose Lowe

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Lowe gained’t draw a lot consideration this draft season primarily based on his 5 seasons within the minors (.261 with 293 runs, 59 house runs, 268 RBI and 103 stolen primarily based over 1,931 at-bats). He brings a plus arm, wonderful velocity and protection. His stroll fee (11.4) paints upside to his strategy as soon as Lowe cleans up his strikeout fee (26.6). I His

With 111 video games beneath his belt at AAA (.291/76/22/78/26 over 402 at-bats), he appears to be like able to attempt his luck in opposition to main league pitching. His common hit fee (1.838) continued to rise alongside along with his contact batting common (.419).

Fantasy Outlook

Austin Meadows ought to see most of his taking part in time at DH if Tampa would not add one other confirmed major-league bat, giving Lowe a greater probability to win a beginning job. His base talent set in energy and steals already venture larger than Kevin Kiermaier and Manny Margot. I see many down days, however the expertise to ship a 70/15/70/25 kind season if given a beginning job for 480 at-bats. On the very least, he may very well be a potential velocity out if given a beginning alternative. Lowe has an ADP of 458 within the NFBC in mid-January.

OF Manuel Margot

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Margot has by no means had over 500 at-bats in his 5 seasons within the majors. He continues to have a low contact batting common (.305), with a shallow common hit fee (1.505). Earlier than the All-Star break final season, Margot gave the impression to be on the next path in house runs (9) and steals (9) over 270 at-bats, however he got here up empty over his last 151 at-bats (.258/23/1/13/4). As well as, Margot missed a few weeks in July with a hamstring difficulty.

His greatest worth got here in opposition to lefties (.273/23/4/22 over 187 at-bats). He has a low flyball fee (35.5) whereas by no means having a HR/FB fee over 9.8. Margot solely barreled the ball 5.1 p.c of the time in 2021.

Fantasy Outlook

Primarily based on his balanced talent set, albeit a low ceiling, he has a bench ADP (375). Margot will cut up time in centerfield without having the manufacturing to safe a full-time nook outfield place. Tampa prefers Kevin Kiermaier’s glove, so his alternative stays cloudy. At greatest, 60/15/60/15 if Margot secures 480 at-bats.

3B Yandy Diaz

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Diaz completed along with his greatest season within the majors, however he didn’t present one space of fantasy energy apart from his strategy (strikeout fee – 15.7 and stroll fee – 12.8). As well as, his contact batting common (.313) barely had a pulse, whereas his common hit fee (1.513) stays in a weak energy hitting space. He drove in 20 runs in September regardless of hitting solely .244 with 4 house runs.

His swing path delivers a excessive floor ball fee (51.8 – 54.1 in his profession) because of the 282nd-ranked launch angle (6.6 p.c). Diaz performed effectively in opposition to lefties (.288/6/25 over 191 at-bats).

He’s a profession .311 hitter within the minors with 26 house runs, 224 RBI and 25 steals over 1,879 at-bats. During the last 4 seasons, Diaz dealt with himself at AAA (.319 with 15 HRs, 118 RBI and eight SBs over 1,036 at-bats).

Fantasy Outlook

Diaz has a placeholder really feel for Tampa at third base. He appears to be like the a part of a good main bat on the plate, however his outcomes come up brief most of the time. The underside line for him is getting the ball within the air with extra authority or watch the sport on many days from the bench. At greatest, a bench flier in deep codecs.

C Mike Zunino

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There isn’t a participant in baseball with the next common hit fee (2.583) whereas having a colossal flyball swing (54%) and HR/FB fee (30.3). Zunino continues to have a excessive strikeout fee (35.2), with a willingness to take walks (9.1%).

Over 50% of his runs and RBI got here through his house runs. He went to the plate with solely 219 runners on base. Surprisingly, Zunino was a beast in opposition to left-handed pitching (.342 with 16 house runs and 30 RBI over 114 at-bats).

Fantasy Outlook

His energy drives his ADP (255) because the fifteenth catcher drafted. He’ll proceed to see many of the at-bats for Tampa in opposition to lefties, however Zunino may very effectively whiff his strategy to fewer at-bats. Just about one-stop purchasing for energy behind the plate that can drag your batting common.

Bench Choices

C Francisco Mejia

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Over seven years within the minors, Mejia hit .295 with 58 house runs, 325 RBI and 18 stolen bases over 1,988 at-bats. He dealt with himself effectively at AA in 2017 (.297 with 14 house runs and 52 RBI over 347 at-bats) with nearly repeated worth at AAA (.302 with 18 house runs and 80 RBI over 490 at-bats). His stroll fee (6.5) was under the minor league common, with energy in his strikeout fee (16.0).

Mejia did not safe a beginning function for the Padres or Rays over the previous three seasons. He hit .249 over this span with 63 runs, 15 house runs and 63 RBI, which might be worthy of a C1 fantasy job if Mejia produced these stats over one season.

His strikeout fee (17.7) was one of the best of his profession whereas additionally displaying progress in his stroll fee (6.1). Tampa by no means gave him over 50 at-bats in any month. Mejia ranked 290th in hard-hit fee (28.9) final season, leading to a 4.4% barrel fee.

Fantasy Outlook

Mejia doesn’t look able to seize a beginning catching job for the Rays. He must make more durable contact whereas enhancing his HR/FB fee (7.1). His ADP (397) costs him borderline C2 in 15-team leagues. Mejia is extra of a watch in season than goal on draft day.

2B Vidal Brujan

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Final 12 months, Tampa gave Brujan 26 at-bats, however he solely had two hits, no walks and eight strikeouts. Over six seasons within the minors, Brujan hit .288 with 386 runs, 31 house runs, 197 RBI and 195 stolen bases over 1,943 at-bats. He has 103 video games of expertise at AAA, the place he posted his highest common hit fee (1.676) of his profession.

Brujan has a top-of-the-order stroll fee (10.6) whereas being robust to strike out (11.9%). His progress in energy in 2021 got here from a extra balanced swing path.

Fantasy Outlook

This season he has the makings of being a super-utility man for the Rays. Tampa may use his velocity and strategy from the leadoff spot within the batting order. Fantasy managers gave him an ADP of 314 in mid-January within the NFBC. On the very least, Brujan is an affect base stealer in ready, which is tough to search out. For now, his batting common and energy are bonuses to his stat line. He ought to be an excellent low-dollar participant in AL-only leagues.

OF Kevin Kiermaier

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After posting a dismal contact batting common for 3 seasons (.299, .297, and .313), Kiermaier made higher contact final 12 months (.361). His common hit fee (1.500) was the bottom of his profession, resulting in solely 4 house runs over 348 at-bats. He posted the next strikeout fee (25.7) over the previous two seasons.

Kiermaier didn’t have a house run in opposition to left-handed pitching whereas posting a .268 batting common over 112 at-bats. Final November, he had minor surgical procedure on his proper knee.

Fantasy Outlook

His ADP (611) places him within the free-agent pool in all codecs. Kiermaier has a superb glove, which gives no factors in fantasy.

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Beginning Pitching

SP Shane McClanahan

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The Rays entered 2022 as one of many higher groups within the AL East, however their greatest arm comes into the 12 months with solely 123.1 innings of main league expertise. Tampa drafted McClanahan with the thirty first choice within the 2018 MLB June Newbie Draft.

He went 11-6 with a 3.36 ERA and 154 strikeouts over 120.2 innings in his first complete season within the minors. McClanahan failed over 4 begins at AA (8.84 ERA) regardless of his success.

With no minor-league baseball in 2020 and accidents within the beginning rotation in Tampa final 12 months, the Rays known as him up on April 29. He didn’t permit over 4 runs in any of his 25 begins whereas displaying progress over his last 13 video games (7-3 with a 2.81 ERA and 75 strikeouts over 67.1 innings).

His common fastball (96.7) was electrical in velocity, however batters hit .303 in opposition to his four-seam fastball (.303 BAA and 10 house runs over 198 at-bats). McClanahan dominated along with his slider (.219 BAA) and curveball (.196 BAA) whereas needing to work on his changeup (.393 BAA).

Fantasy Outlook

Tampa ought to push him to about 160 innings this 12 months. Nevertheless, he nonetheless wants some work in opposition to lefties (.293 BAA). His ADP (108) places him within the SP2 zone. McClanahan gained’t pitch into the seventh inning in lots of video games, resulting in solely a couple of dozen wins. Nevertheless, he can be more durable to hit with higher command of his fastball within the strike zone whereas including extra strikeouts. McClanahan is trending towards a sub 3.00 ERA and over 180 strikeouts.

SP Corey Kluber

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In 2019, Kluber solely pitched one inning attributable to a proper shoulder harm (grade 2 tear of his teres main muscle). He pitched poorly in 5 of his first seven begins (5.50 ERA and 1.654 WHIP) solely to see his season finish on Could 1 after a damaged proper forearm through a line drive. Simply when he appeared able to make a push for a September return, Kluber suffered an indirect harm ending his 12 months.

Final season, he posted a 3.04 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 55 strikeouts over his first 53.1 innings. Sadly, a proper shoulder harm value him the subsequent three months. Kluber struggled over his last six begins (5.40 ERA and 1.61 WHIP over 26.2 innings).

His AFB (90.3) regressed for the sixth straight 12 months whereas failing to search out his command (3.7 walks per 9). Kluber nonetheless supplied a profitable slider (.182 BAA) and changeup (.192 BAA), however batters banged round his sinker (.329 BAA) and cutter (.279 BAA).

During the last 5 full seasons, Kluber went 96-55 with a 3.09 ERA and 1,423 strikeouts over 1,306 innings. He’s gained 18 or extra video games 4 instances over this span whereas creating right into a workhorse arm (over 200 innings pitched in 5 straight seasons). In 2017 and 2018, he led the AL in stroll fee (1.6 and 1.4), however his strikeout fee (9.3) did regress in 2018.

Fantasy Outlook

It’s been three seasons since Kluber has been a fantasy asset. His secondary pitchers give him an opportunity at a rebound in worth, however his fastball can’t bail him out of bother, resulting in extra nibbling across the plate. However, his ADP (380) takes away any draw back, whereas success in spring coaching will set his true 2022 fantasy worth. Potential 3.75 ERA with 175 strikeouts if he could make 30 begins.

SP Drew Rasmussen

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Rasmussen went 14-5 with a 2.65 ERA and 150 strikeouts over 170 innings over three seasons in school. Sadly, he wanted two TJ surgical procedures, with the second costing him all of 2018.

In his first 12 months within the minors, Rasmussen pushed rapidly by means of three ranges (3.15 ERA and 96 strikeouts over 74.1 innings). His strikeout fee (11.6) created an edge, however he walked too many batters (3.8 per 9).

After struggles with command (12 walks over 17 innings) within the Brewers’ bullpen, the Rays made a clever transfer to amass him in a midseason commerce. He completed with a cut up function in Tampa whereas blossoming right into a high-level arm (4-0 with a 2.44 ERA and 48 strikeouts over 59 innings). Rasmussen threw extra strikes whereas shining over his last eight begins (3-0 with a 1.46 ERA and 23 strikeouts over 37 innings).

His AFB (97.3) is electrical whereas creating a profitable slider (.163 BAA). However, Rasmussen barely threw a curveball (.429 BAA) and changeup (.286 BAA).

Fantasy Outlook

The expansion in his first-pitch strike fee (69) helps his improved stroll fee (3.0). Rasmussen has the fastball and slider to shine, however a 3rd time by means of the batting order may very well be a difficulty over time. His ADP (276) will draw consideration. Sadly, he has by no means pitched over 80 innings as a professional. I used to be on to Rasmussen final 12 months earlier than the group, so I’ll be following him intently in spring coaching. His ceiling depends on the depth of innings pitched.

SP Luis Patino

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Over 4 seasons within the minors, Patino went 19-14 with a 2.43 ERA and 320 strikeouts over 263.1 innings.

Final 12 months the Rays gave him 15 begins, with 13 of them coming over the ultimate three months. He posted a 4.11 ERA with 50 strikeouts over 57 innings after the All-Star break (4.42 ERA as a starter). His danger comes from house runs allowed (1.4 per 9) and below-par command (4.1 walks per 9 within the majors and three.4 in 2021). As well as, Patino should enhance in opposition to lefties (.274 BAA with 21 walks and 22 strikeouts over 148 plate look).

His common fastball got here in at 96.5 MPH with Tampa. Patino’s slider (.191 BAA) was his greatest pitch, adopted by his four-seam fastball (.277 BAA). He struggled to make any progress along with his changeup (.400 BAA) and curveball (.444 BAA).

Fantasy Outlook

At age 22, Patino has a excessive ceiling whereas additionally needing lots of work in his sport. With two plus pitches already in his pocket, he may come quick if his changeup takes a step ahead. His ADP (310) in mid-January within the NFBC is definitely worth the funding. Patino has ace upside, however his subsequent step up in workload might solely be 150 innings (he pitched 106.2 innings in 2021).

SP Shane Baz

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Wanting again on the Rays’ Chris Archer commerce with the Pirates in July of 2018, it appears nearly prison to suppose Tampa landed SP Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows and Shane Baz. Pittsburgh drafted Baz with the twelfth choice within the 2017 MLB June Newbie Draft out of highschool. Over two seasons at rookie ball at age 18 and 19, he went 4-8 with a 4.26 ERA, 1.645 WHIP and 78 strikeouts over 76 innings. Baz flashed in 2019 at A ball (2.99 ERA over 81.1 innings with 87 strikeouts), however he nonetheless walked 4.1 batters per 9.

After a 12 months off attributable to no minor-league baseball, Baz turned a strike-throwing machine at AA (two walks over 32.2 innings) and AAA (11 walks over 46 innings), main to an enormous soar in his arm. He completed with a 2.06 ERA, 0.801 WHIP and 113 strikeouts over 78.2 innings. In September, Tampa even gave him three begins when Baz repeated his success (2.03 ERA over 13.1 innings with three walks and 18 strikeouts).

His common fastball clocked in at 97.2 MPH with the Rays. Baz dusted hitters along with his slider (.067 BAA) whereas additionally that includes a swing and miss curveball (.182 BAA). At this level of his profession, he nonetheless doesn’t belief his changeup (he solely threw it 4.5percentof the time with Tampa).

Fantasy Outlook

Baz solely has one season of dominating success, however fantasy managers gave him an ADP of 139 within the early draft season within the NFBC. His future appears to be like shiny, however he by no means pitched over 95 innings in a season. In 2021, Baz pitched over 5 innings in solely two of his 20 appearances whereas by no means throwing over 75 pitches. I count on good innings, however his win complete could also be shallow until the Rays use Baz after an opener. Subsequent step: 130 innings with a 2.75 ERA and 150 strikeouts.

SP Ryan Yarbrough

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From 2016-19, Yarbrough posted a 52-22 file between the minors and the majors that screams a profitable arm. In his first two years with Tampa, he has a 27-12 file with a 4.02 ERA and 245 strikeouts over 289 innings.

Apart from wins (1), Yarbrough gave fantasy managers productive innings in 2020 (3.56 ERA and 1.226 WHIP). Nevertheless, in 2021, he was a lot simpler to hit (.267 BAA), and residential runs allowed (1.5 per 9) turned an issue. His WHIP (1.226) prompt a greater final result in ERA (5.11).

Yarbrough misplaced his confidence on the highway (5.49 ERA) whereas permitting 16 house runs over 77 innings. Proper-handed batters hit .275 in opposition to him with 23 house runs over 491 at-bats. After a productive Could (3.42 ERA), he did not submit an ERA beneath 4.00 in any of the ultimate 4 months (4.91, 4.88, 4.05, and 9.00). Yarbrough is a command pitcher (1.5 walks per 9 over his final 352.1 innings) with a fading strikeout fee (6.8).

His common fastball (86.7) was the bottom of his profession and 1.5 MPH decrease than 2019. He maintained success along with his slider (.170 BAA) and changeup (.232 BAA), however batters smashed his cutter (.322 BAA) and four-seam fastball (.316 BAA).

Fantasy Outlook

Yarbrough will discover himself in lengthy aid with out regaining some velocity on his fastball (cutter). Nevertheless, his secondary stuff is difficult to hit, and he throws loads of strikes. For now, Yarbrough gained’t be drafted in any format (ADP – 503). If he wins a beginning job and the spring reviews are optimistic on his velocity, his greatest worth nonetheless would solely are available in two-start weeks.

SP Taj Bradley

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Bradley is a second minor league pitcher who struggled along with his command (3.8 walks per 9) over his time at rookie ball (3.77 ERA and 81 strikeouts over 74 innings). Like Shane Baz, he was a significantly better pitcher after receiving a 12 months off. Over 23 video games between A and Excessive A in 2021, Bradley went 12-3 with a 1.83 ERA and 123 strikeouts over 103.1 innings.

Batters solely hit .181 in opposition to him whereas enhancing his command (2.7 walks per 9). His fastball now sits within the mid-90s whereas working off a slider, curveball and changeup as his secondary choices.

Fantasy Outlook

The Rays ought to begin Bradley off at AA, the place continued success ought to push him to AAA over the summer time. He appears to be like to be a 12 months away from the majors. In highschool, Bradley performed outfield. Nevertheless, Tampa drafted him as a pitcher within the fifth spherical in 2018.

Bullpen

RP Andrew Kittredge

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Kittredge has a placeholder really feel for saves for Tampa after posting one of the best 12 months of his profession. Over 5 seasons within the majors, he went 13-6 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.273 WHIP, and 182 strikeouts over 183 innings. Kittredge has extra opener begins (15) than saves (9) in his profession. Over the previous three years, his greatest space of progress has been his first-pitch strike fee (69), resulting in an enhancing stroll fee (1.9).

He threw the very best fastball (95.6) of his profession. The dumping of his four-seam fastball and the emergence of his sinker (.219 BAA) and slider (.202 BAA) have been the keys to his higher pitching stats. Kittredge added a low-volume cutter (.179 BAA) final season.

Fantasy Outlook

Even with an inexpensive ADP (300), I’d have problem concentrating on Kittredge in drafts. His arm appears to be like in place to shut in mid-January, however I count on one other choice to emerge by opening day. As well as, the Rays proceed to journey the new hand late in video games.

RP J.P. Feyereisen

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Regardless of pitching effectively within the minors (29-15 with 2.53 ERA and 375 strikeouts over 313.1 innings) with some closing expertise (33 saves), Feyereisen didn’t get his first probability within the majors till 2020. He has 4 years of expertise at AAA (3.19 ERA).

Over 55 video games between the Brewers and the Rays, Feyereisen battled his command (5.3 walks per 9), however he was nonetheless difficult to hit (.183 BAA). His stuff performed higher in opposition to righties (.147 BAA).

His common fastball (93.3) is league common. Batters struggled to hit his four-seamer (.167 BAA) and changeup (.152 BAA), whereas his slider (.286 BAA) nonetheless wants work.

Fantasy Outlook

Feyereisen doesn’t have the command to shut within the majors. Tampa tends to search out upside relievers on different groups, pointing to him pitching nearer to the seventh inning in 2022.

RP Pete Fairbanks

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After struggling as a starter at A ball in 2016 (4.88 ERA), Fairbanks blew out his proper elbow the next season, resulting in TJ surgical procedure. In 2019 over 4 ranges of the minors, he showcased a soar in his strikeout fee (14.4) with wonderful command (2.5 walks per 9). Regardless of his success, his ERA (4.53) didn’t come alongside for the journey.

Fairbanks struggled along with his stroll fee (4.5) over the previous two years, however he continued to submit an elite strikeout fee (12.3). Nevertheless, he missed time in April and August with a bump proper shoulder.

His AFB (97.6) is electrical (.164 BAA). Fairbanks misplaced the texture for his slider (.272 BAA), and his cutter (.400 BAA) was a legal responsibility. His lack of a breaking pitch led to a demise in opposition to lefties (.343 BAA).

Fantasy Outlook

I don’t see a closing job in his future until Fairbanks cleans up his command and solves left-handed batters. His fastball/slider mixture might be elite at instances, plus his shoulder points might reemerge in 2022.

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