Some new faces and returning arms have impressed early this spring as the battles for a few precious bullpen spots are in full effect.
Jake Faria burst on the scene in 2017 with the Rays and had a fantastic rookie campaign. 2018 would prove difficult for Faria as he battled command issues and injuries all season. Now, rather than fighting for a spot in the rotation, Faria is fighting for a job in the pen and is off to a good start.
Faria:3.2 IP // 2.45 ERA // 6K/1BB
Emilio Pagan, who the Rays traded for this offseason has also impressed. He even opened a game. He is expected to play a pivotal role this season out of the pen.
Pagan: 5 IP // 3.60 ERA // 7K/1BB
Andrew Kittredge had a rough year in Tampa Bay last season after a nice rookie stint in 2017. Over 33 games, the righty posted an earned run average north of seven and was worth -1.2 bWAR out of the Rays pen last season. So far this spring he has tossed 5 scoreless innings with 3 strike outs.
Finally, Tyler Cloyd, a minor league singing and non-roster invite to big league camp has impressed as well. Across 5 innings, Cloys has struck out 4 and surrendered only 1 run which is good for a 1.60 ERA.
Plenty of other pitchers have looked good early, but the names above stood out.
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While it may only be 10 games, we can tell a lot about the exciting group of players that will take the field for the Rays in 2019 and beyond.