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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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DURHAM, NC –  (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
DURHAM, NC –  (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images) /

Middle Relief (2): 

A couple of rookies will make their way to the Tampa Bay Rays pen in 2019 as a result of their dominant campaigns in Durham this past season.

Colin Poche, LHP, 25

The first of only two rookies to make the Rays 2019 opening day roster, Colin Poche is about as deserving as one could be. Coming to the Rays in the Souza Jr. trade, Poche was brilliant in Durham  and Montgomery.

Poche spent a majority of his time with the Rays Triple-A affiliate, where he struck out 78 over 50 innings of work. He had a 1.08 ERA. When you factor in his time with the Diamondbacks and Rays Double-A affiliates, Poche finished he year with a an ERA of .82.

This dominance will catapult Poche into the Rays pen where he will see a fair share of work alongside his Durham counter part, Ian Gibaut.

Ian Gibaut, RHP, 25

Ian Gibaut, like Poche was fantastic for the Durham Bulls in 2018. The Tulane product finished the year with 56 innings of work, in which he struck out 75 batters and had an ERA of 2.09.

Like Poche, Gibaut’s successes will also land him in Tampa Bay’s pen, adding to Kevin Cash’s bottomless pen full of talented relievers. Look for Gibaut and Poche to act as a bridge for for Kevin Cash as he attempts to give the ball to his set-up men in the final innings of a game.

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