Shane Baz Tampa Bay Rays

Age: 22 (June 17, 1999) | 6' 3" | 190lbs. | Throws: Right
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
TAM A 2019 3 2 0 0 17 17 81.1 63 5 37 87 2.99 1.23 1.09 4.1 9.6 .289 n/a
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Shane Baz, RHP, Triple-A Durham (Rays) — If you are looking for pitchers who made massive strides over the long 2020 layoff, Baz needs to rank high on your list. The righthander has always had big stuff, but early in his career, it came with big bouts of wildness. He’s much more under control these days. Baz held Jacksonville to two hits in five scoreless innings on Sunday. He struck out 10 of the 17 batters he faced and walked no one. Baz has walked only five batters in 46.2 innings this year while fanning 69. It’s not unreasonable to think that he may be able to provide yet another useful arm to the Rays rotation/bullpen later in 2021.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 28

Basically, the Pirates dealt all that for the privilege of paying Archer $19 million over 2+ years for a total of 1.5 WAR.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jun 10

The final piece to the Pirates worst trade ever in which they acquired Chris Archer for Austin Meadows, Tyler Glasnow, and a first round pick out of high school who was raw.

Meadows and Glasnow have been great at the major league level and Archer was hurt for the majority of his Pirates tenure.

Baz is now developing really well.  He's got 49 strikeouts against only 2 walks in AA at age 21.  Last night he pitched 5 perfect innings before being lifted.  

Here's what BA wrote today:

Shane Baz, Double-A Montgomery (Rays) — After a small blip to end the first month of the season, Baz has opened June with flair. The righthander whiffed six over five hitless innings on Wednesday, bringing his total in two starts this month to 10 innings, three hits, no walks and 14 strikeouts. For the season, Baz has struck out 49 in 32.2 innings.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jun 10