Sep 13, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly (33) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports
LHP Drew Smyly – 26 years old
The big lefty also added 22.2 IP in the minors, so his innings shouldn’t be restricted too much in 2016. Although we have Odorizzi listed as the number two on this list, Smyly sure fits the bill as well. His dominance when healthy gave made us wonder what the season may have looked like if the rotation had held up with him, Cobb, and Moore in it all season long.
He had a very low BB/9 rate in 2015, struck out more than ever with 10.4 per 9 IP, and could be set for a huge season in 2016. Along with Moore, he’ll look to prove healthy and add as many innings as possible to his arm. Since he’s arbitration eligible this year and will be working for a raise in 2016, his 3rd arbitration year, he should be more motivated than ever to perform in 2016.
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