James Shields pitched seven seasons and started 217 games in a Tampa Bay Rays uniform, and nearly half of those seasons made it on this list. 2012 was his third best season in a Rays uniform, one where he won fifteen games eclipsed 200 innings, all while posting an earned run that hovered around 3.50.
- Record: 15-10
- E.R.A.: 3.56
- IP: 227.2
- WHIP: 1.168
- K: 223
- WAR: 2.6
Over the course of his seven years with the Rays, James Shields was a model of consistency churning out six consecutive seasons of 200 innings pitched or more. 2012 was his final year in Tampa Bay and it didn’t disappoint. Packing a dominant 1-2 punch with David Price, leading the Rays to their fourth ninety win season in five years.
More is to come from James Shields later on down the list, but his 2012 campaign gives us a glimpse into just how good his remaining seasons must have been.