Tampa Bay Rays Pitching Prospects
Shane Baz headlines the group of arms representing the Tampa Bay Rays this fall in Arizona, but it is a pair of less heralded prospects making waves.
Shane Baz, RHP, 20
After surprisingly being announced as the PTBNL in the Chris Archer trade, Baz performed well in his first full season in the Rays system and quickly rose to be one of their top prospects.
At Bowling Green (Full Season-A), Baz made a career high 17 starts and threw a career high 81.1 IP. He struck out 87, walked 37, and posted a 2.99 ERA.
Baz has appeared in seven games, making only one start. Here are his numbers:
7 G // 10 IP // 8.10 ERA // 13 K // 8BB
Drew Strotman, RHP, 23
After being drafted in the 4th round in 2017, Strotman put together a very promising first season in professional baseball. His second season came to an abrupt end as he underwent Tommy John surgery in June of 2018 and returned in July of this season.
He made rehab appearances for the Rays’ GCL and rookie league affiliates, throwing a total of 24 innings. He recored 24 strikeouts and walked 12, pitching to a 4.50 ERA.
This fall, he has made five appearances, all of them being starts, for the Rafters.
5 GS // 17.0 IP // 7.41 ERA // 12 K // 6 BB
Simon Rosenblum-Larson, RHP, 22
Since being drafted by the Rays in the 19th round out of Harvard last season, Rosenblum-Larson has done nothing but dominate minor league hitters. In 99 professional innings with the Rays, he has 136 strikeouts.
He spent all of 2019 in Advanced-A with the Charlotte Stone Crabs, where he made 37 appearances. Across 60.1 IP, the right-hander struck out 74 and was 8/8 in saves.
This fall, he has picked up right where he left off in Charlotte.
8 G // 10.2 IP // 2.53 ERA // 10 K // 9BB
Alex Valverde, RHP, 23
A 22nd round pick out of Miami Dade Junior College in 2017, Valverde made the switch from starter to reliever this season and was likely sent to the AFL to get extra work as a reliever.
In his first season out of the pen, Valverde pitched to a 4.29 ERA across 65 IP. He recorded 65 strikeouts and walked 22.
This fall he has pitched better than any other Rays pitching prospects also in Arizona.
8 G // 9 IP // 1.00 ERA // 7 K // 3 BB // 1 SV