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Tampa Bay Rays: Way Too Early Roster Prediction

By Austin Reimann
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 29: Joey Wendle #18 and Willy Adames #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays react after their 8-5 win over the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on August 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 29: Joey Wendle #18 and Willy Adames #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays react after their 8-5 win over the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on August 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL JULY 21: Ryan Yarbrough #48 of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Tropicana Field on July 21, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr./Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL JULY 21: Ryan Yarbrough #48 of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Tropicana Field on July 21, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr./Getty Images) /

Bulk Pitchers (2):

Ryan Yarbrough, LHP, 27

Ryan Yarbrough burst on to the scene in 2018. The southpaw accepted his bulk role with open arms and it proved to be very fruitful. Throwing over 147.1 innings and appearing in 38 games, 6 of those being starts, Yarbrough was a key piece to the Rays success in 2018.

The rookie went 16-6 with a 3.91 ERA with an ERA+ of 106. He did exactly what the Rays asked of him and I expect pretty similar numbers in 2019. There is a chance that he is given the chance as a result of his successes during his rookie campaign but I see him in the same role as last year.

Yonny Chirinos, RHP, 25

Yonny Chirinos was very good for the Rays during an injury shortened rookie campaign. Appearing in 18 games for the Rays, 7 of those coming in the form of starts, Yonny went 5-5 with an ERA of 3.51.

Of his first 8 appearances, 7 were starts. They were good but not great starts. After returning from a right forearm strain, the Rays elected to move Chirinos to the bulk role with Yarbrough and it proved to be a very fruitful decision. In that role, he would go 5-2 with an ERA of 3.04 in 53.1 innings of work.

There is a chance that Yonny could very well be named a started to begin the year but due to his success in the bulk role, I doubt it.

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