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ST PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 30: Willy Adames #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays walks up to bat in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 30, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 30: Willy Adames #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays walks up to bat in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 30, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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ST PETERSBURG, FL – SEPTEMBER 29: Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws a pitch in the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 29, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Blake Snell will win his second straight A.L. C.Y. Young award.

What a year for Blake Snell, huh? He won the 2018 A.L. CY Young Award, he became a popular Twitch streamer playing video games like NBA 2K and Fortnite with fans, seeing his popularity rise, something Tampa Bay players have struggled to do.

He also got a “raise” that he did not feel as much of a “raise” and was “disappointed” in the lack of money the Tampa Bay Rays threw at him.

To start Spring Training he got “rocked” by a college team in a “lose-lose” outing, and also sat Bryce Harper down looking on three pitches.

A year ago Blake Snell hurled 180 innings to the tune of a 1.89 ERA with 221 strikeouts and just 64 walks in his 31 starts.

Snell earned 21 wins (if you care about that sort of arbitrary meaningless stat)

And you would have a good argument that Snell posted the most dominant season on the bump in Rays history.

The all star, ERA title winner, and CY Young award holder turned 26 years old in December. He is nowhere close to his ceiling just yet. After rattling off his 2018 numbers, it seems weird to say this, or unbelievable to say this, but the best has yet to come for Snell.

Snell had a 7.5 WAR a year ago.

Confidence scale: 6.5, it will be hard to get voters to throw Snell their vote for a second straight year. That is what drags this rating down to 6.5.

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