Taylor Guerrieri started a career-high 26 games in his first full season at Double-A Montgomery in 2016. While his 3.76 ERA and 1.21 WHIP were career worsts, those rate stats don't raise any red flags. However, his strikeout rate dropped for a third consecutive minor league stop to a mediocre 14.7 percent while his walk rate rose to a career-high 7.6 percent. He made strides in showing he can take on a starter's workload after throwing no more than 78 innings in any prior season, but the regression in the strikeout department is hard to overlook. He is on the 40-man roster entering his age-24 season, but his stuff will really need to rebound if he is to once again profile as a future mid-rotation starter. Until then, he can be ignored in the majority of dynasty leagues.
Guerrieri was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Wednesday. It was a good learning experience for Guerrieri to be in big league camp, learning from pitchers like Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi, but he never had a shot of actually breaking camp on the 25-man roster. Guerrieri traded strikeouts for weak contact last season, and in doing so his dynasty league stock really took a hit. Unless the strikeout rate bounces back, it's hard to envision him re-establishing his potential as a mid-rotation starter.
Guerrieri (head) fired two scoreless innings in Tuesday's 7-6 extra-inning Grapefruit League loss to the Yankees, surrendering just one hit. He struck out two. Guerrieri made a successful return to game action after receiving multiple stitches in his right eyebrow stemming from a fainting spell and subsequent fall in his bathroom Saturday morning. The 24-year-old right-hander has been solid over his first three spring appearances, surrendering one earned run on two hits over four innings while also notching four strikeouts.
Guerrieri will be held out of Saturday's workouts and likely need stitches after hitting his head on a bathtub, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Guerrieri reportedly felt lightheaded in his bathroom and tried to brace himself as he passed out, but hit his head on the corner of the tub. The 24-year-old says he's fine after the incident and should return to action by Sunday. Guerrieri, a former first-round draft pick, has appeared in two games this spring and is expected to begin the upcoming season in the minors.
Guerrieri surrendered one earned run on one hit over one inning in Thursday's 19-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Red Sox. He also recorded a strikeout. The 24-year-old righty, getting a chance for some big league exposure after solid efforts in the minors the last two seasons, gave up his first run of the spring when Steve Selsky took him deep in the eighth. Guerrieri is projected to start the season with Triple-A Durham after posting a 12-6 record, 3.76 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 146 innings last season at Double-A Montgomery, and could well be a candidate for a call-up later in the season should he thrive at that level.
Guerrieri was optioned to minor league camp Tuesday. Guerrieri put up sparkling numbers at Double-A last season, working to a 1.50 ERA in eight starts. The majors likely remain a year away, though he could get the opportunity to be a September call-up, but the 23-year-old figures to start the season at Triple-A.