Anthony Banda was drafted in the 10th round by the Brewers back in 2012. The Rays later acquired him in 2018 in the trade, sending Steven Souza to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Banda was forced to miss a lot of time due to Tommy John Surgery. He came back at the end of last season, making 16 appearances across all levels.
During those 16 appearances, Banda had some bumps in the road, as expected when coming back from such a major surgery.
In 33 and one third innings Banda had a 5.67 era in the minors. To go along with that, he had 14 walks and allowed 7 home runs.
Something to look forward to was that in 33.1 innings, Banda had 33 strikeouts. Coming off of the surgery, it is essential to look at positive things to take away from early action.
The strikeout numbers are certainly something to be optimistic about and could be something to watch out for in spring training.
His fastball lost about three miles per hour from his time before and after the injury. Now with a whole offseason to work out, Banda may have been able to add that velocity back into his arsenal.
If Banda did, in fact, add the velocity back, he could play a key role for the Rays. Ninety-five from the left side will be very effective for the Rays most likely out of the bullpen.
Expect Banda to start the season back in Triple-A Durham, getting back to his old self or redefining his pitching attack with less velocity. If healthy, though, fully expect Banda to be back in Tampa contributing in 2020.