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Tampa Bay Rays: Hot start not good enough for Jake Faria

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: Jake Faria #34 of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers a ptich in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 15, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: Jake Faria #34 of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers a ptich in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 15, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Rays option Jake Faria to minors despite spring start

To go along with yesterday’s wave of roster moves, the Tampa Bay Rays front office was active again today.

Jake Faria who followed a solid 2017 season with a terrible 2018 that saw him go just 65 innings to the tune of a 5.40 ERA before being sent down in the minors to try to figure things out.

This Spring, Jake Faria was fighting for a spot with the big league club, but when Kevin Cash announced the rare three man rotation to start the year, Faria’s only hope was being the follow-up act to one of the two Rays openers.

Faria has pitched in four spring Rays games, for 8.2 innings, and only two walks to boost his improved control. He turns in a 1.154 WHIP, and a 4.00 strikeout per walks. The 25 year old is by no means written off by the Rays but despite his Spring ERA of over four, he has had a much better Spring than that number would suggest.

Another move that was made was when the Rays option catcher Nick Ciuffo who was battling for the backup catcher spot with Michael Perez and seems to have lost it. (I called that on the Rays Colored Podcast)

Ciuffo earned 14 at bats this spring and turned in .071 average, with a pair of RBI’s.

Perez this year has a .214 average and a .358 OBP, good enough to earn him the right to back up the everyday Rays backstop Mike Zunino who is good.

The Tampa Bay Rays also optioned Moore, Velazquez, Cloyd, Cronenworth, Gardeck, and Solak.

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