Rays Prospects

Takeaways From Tampa Bay Rays’ Winter Ball Results Part 5

By Robbie Knopf
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The Hudson Valley Renegades celebrating (Credit: Poughkeepsie Journal)

Edgar Gomez: Add him to the list of bullpen sleepers

Gomez spent the 2014 regular season pitching for the Hudson Valley Renegades. He pitched well, managing a 2.44 ERA and a 41-13 strikeout to walk ratio in 48 innings, but it was going to be tough for him going up against older and more advanced competition in the Mexican Pacific League. After Gomez succeeded despite that, now we have to wonder whether the Rays may really have something here.

In 21 appearances and 24.2 IP, Gomez delivered a 2.19 ERA and a 19-8 strikeout to walk ratio in 24.2 innings pitched. He was outstanding against right-handed batters, but he also did fairly well against lefties, holding them to a .222 average and 1.80 groundouts per airout. Between his low-90’s fastball that he controls well and a promising breaking ball, Gomez was able to come out of nowhere to deliver an impressive performance.

Winter Ball can only be so much, but Gomez may be the Rays prospect who raised his stock the most through his performance this offseason. The Rays will need to see him continue pitching well at full-season ball, but after seeing his combination of poise and stuff, they may be more willing to promote him in-season. Gomez will likely start 2015 in Low-A, but he has given himself a chance to reach High-A or even Double-A before the year is through.