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Tampa Bay Rays: Rotation Prognosis for 2015 and 2016

By Joe Saunders
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Aug 17, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) , starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53), Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly (33) and starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (23) watch from the dugout against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Pitching prospects like Blake Snell, Brent Honeywell, Ryne Stanek, and Taylor Guerrieri are making their way through the system, but the names mentioned above and possibly Matt Andriese will likely make up the rotation for the foreseeable future. Snell is the one pitcher was a chance to shake that up, although we know that the Rays like being careful with their pitching prospects when they get the chance.

The exact compositions of the Tampa Bay Rays’ rotations for the rest of 2015 and 2016 are unclear, but the talent is there for the Rays to have excellent starting fives without the need for any acquisitions, especially if Smyly can return this season. The starting rotation has been the Rays’ backbone for years, and there is reason for optimism that the team’s current pitchers can keep that going.

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