The top five pitchers in Tampa Bay Rays history rolls on with number two, and it is no other than Blake Snell.
Blake Snell has been with the Tampa Bay Rays for his entire three year Major League Baseball career. The right-handed hurler won the CY Young in his age 25 season.
Blake Snell won 21 games last season and turned in a sub two ERA. 1.89 ERA to be exact.
Blake Snell is only 26 years old and still has yet to hit his ceiling. Snell has taken on a life of his own, on and off the field. From a decent starter to full-blown dominate ace.
Blake Snell will continue to dazzle us on the field, and refreshingly enough off the field he is marketing himself. He live streams on Twitch.tv, playing video games with fans or even just having a dialog with fans. That might not seem important to some of you, but it is clear that baseball is facing a real problem when it comes to grabbing the youth demographic. A professional baseball player playing fortnite with you is awesome, much less a CY Young winner playing fortnite with you.
That right that can make kids Tampa Bay Rays fans, Blake Snell fans, and baseball fans. At worst they will check in once every five days to see how their new pal is doing. Which is more than they check in right now.
According to baseball reference, Blake Snell projects to hold a 2.98 ERA in 2019, with a 1.166 WHIP. Baseball Reference is projecting a 181 strikeout year from Snell. What do I say to that? I project an even better WHIP, a lower ERA, and a slight over on the strikeout mark.
Blake Snell will without question lead the Tampa Bay Rays pitching staff for 2019, and beyond likely. He has a real shot at becoming the best Tampa Bay Rays pitcher of all time.
Come back tomorrow to see who currently holds that number one spot.