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5 Tampa Bay Rays relievers who can help in 2019

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 10: The bullpen bench of the Tampa Bay Rays is empty as the game enters the 14th inning against the Boston Red Sox June 10, 2013 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Boston won 10 - 8. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 10: The bullpen bench of the Tampa Bay Rays is empty as the game enters the 14th inning against the Boston Red Sox June 10, 2013 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Boston won 10 - 8. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) /
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DURHAM, NC – (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
DURHAM, NC – (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images) /

Colin Poche, LHP, 25

Colin Poche was acquired in the Steven Souza Jr. trade and what a pick up he was. At Triple-A this year, the southpaw was dominant. He threw 50 innings and was nearly perfect. Over the course of the past 3 seasons, the Dallas Baptist product has skyrocketed through the minor leagues.

He began his professional career in 2016 with the Diamondbacks short season single-A affiliate after being drafted in the 14th round. The following year he would dominate hitters at both full season single-A and HiA. This season he dominated hitters at AA and AAA and he is now knocking at MLB’s doors.

Between AA and AAA in 2018:

66.0 IP // 0.82 ERA // .151 opp. avg. // 110K/19BB

At Durham this year he maintained a K/9 rate of 14.04. With that type of swing and miss stuff, we could be looking at a true high leverage reliever. With a good showing in Spring Training, Poche could put himself in the discussion for some big innings. Even if he doesn’t make the opening day roster, there is a very good chance that Poche will make his debut this season.

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