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.
Guerrieri was added to the Rays' 40-man roster on Friday. He is one of several intriguing pitching prospects in a pretty flush Rays farm system, but probably won't be fantasy relevant until at least 2017. This transaction was specifically for Rule 5 protection.
Rays starting pitcher Taylor Guerrieri, who had Tommy John surgery in July 2013, should be recovered for the start of spring training, according to MLB.com, and is ready to get back to being one of the organization's top prospects after a season that was marred by both the injury and a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. "I want to stay healthy," Guerrieri said. "I never want to go through this process again. And I've made great strides in my work ethic, my personality, too. Being injured will definitely humble you. All around, I would say it's a good thing that it happened." Guerrieri, the 24th overall pick in the 2011, was brilliant in his first stint with the Rays in 2012, compiling a 1.04 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings in 12 starts for short-season Class A Hudson Valley. He wasn't quite as dominant before the injury was discovered in 2013, but he still managed a 2.01 ERA in 14 starts for low Class A Bowling Green. In five starts rehabilitating at Rookie ball this year, he didn't allow an earned run, striking out 10 in 9 1/3 innings.
Rays starting pitcher prospect Taylor Guerrieri, who underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2013, made his return to game action Tuesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Guerrieri faced three batters and threw one inning during a Gulf Coast League (rookie) game.
Rays starting pitcher prospect Taylor Guerrieri posted on Twitter he played catch Monday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in July. Guerrieri tweeted he was "throwing noise" from 30 feet.
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