#3 Cole Sulser
A right hander stuck in AAA, Sulser appeared to be a throw in with Yandy Diaz when the Tampa Bay Rays traded away Jake Bauers. But, don’t be fooled, Sulser could play a big role for the Rays in 2019.
2019 Level: AAA-MLB
Draft: 25th Rd, 2013
At the advanced age of 28, Tampa Bay may prove to be Cole Sulser’s last shot at reaching the bigs. After stalling at Triple-A with the Cleveland Indians the past two years, he very well could find himself in the weekly shuttle between Durham and Tampa that the Rays usually employ throughout the season.
He may be the most MLB-ready out of the group but Michael Plassmeyer and Rollie Lacy have more potential than Sulser on the mound. The good thing is that, at Triple-A last season, he struck out 95 and only walked 17 over 60.2 innings. His impressive 13.59 K/9 could land him a locker in Tampa Bay.
The road won’t be easy for Sulser though as he will have to compete with Jaime Shultz, Hunter Wood, Colin Poche, Ian Gibaut and countless others for precious roster spots. We will get our first glance of Sulser this spring, and he may be able to make his first MLB roster, if not he may be stuck at AAA yet again.
I broke down Cole Sulser and introduced him to Rays fans here.