Rays Prospects

Takeaways From Tampa Bay Rays’ Winter Ball Results Part 1

By Robbie Knopf
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Sep 15, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Alex Colome (37) throws a pitch during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Colome: Innings should not be a concern

Colome enters 2015 as the Rays’ leading candidate for their fifth starter job, but there was one major reason to doubt that: his lack of innings. Colome’s 120.2 innings in 2014 represented his most innings since 2011, and it could take years for him to turn into a 200-inning pitcher. Why should the Rays start him when his lack of durability may make him better suited for relief?

In the Dominican Winter League, though, Colome tossed 27 more innings, putting him at a much more reasonable 147.2 for the year. That places just behind the 153 innings that Drew Smyly tossed in 2014. Colome’s results were middling–a 4.33 ERA in and a 23-11 strikeout to walk ratio–but the innings he accumulated matter a lot more. Colome is now an even bigger favorite to be the Rays’ fifth starter to begin 2015.