Colton Reavis: The Rays have themselves another late-round sleeper
For Reavis, the Arizona fall League represented a major opportunity to put himself on the map. He was set to turn 25 in December and had been just a 30th round draft pick, but he was excellent between Low-A and High-A in 2014, delivering a 2.17 ERA, a 9.8 K/9, a 3.8 BB/9, and a 0.3 HR/9 in 42 relief appearances and 62.1 innings pitched.
The question for Reavis was going to be whether he could hold his own against the more advanced hitters of the AFL, and he proved that he could. Reavis pitched to a 4.09 ERA and a 10-4 strikeout to walk ratio in 11 innings pitched, but that ERA number is actually quite misleading. Take away one bad appearance and he had a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings.
Reavis has the stuff to back up his results, pairing a fastball that touches 96 MPH with a breaking ball that continues to come along. Thanks to that type of stuff, Reavis has the stuff to begin zooming up the ranks. Even though he made just 15 High-A appearances last year, expect Reavis to start the season at Double-A and receive a chance to work his way into the Rays’ bullpen picture.