Blake Snell catapulted his way across three levels of the minors last season, winding up at Triple-A Durham and on the doorstep of the majors. At each stop, he posted a sub-2.00 ERA and averaged well over a strikeout per inning. He also lowered his walk rate at each successive level -- an important sign of progress for a prospect who has struggled with control. Snell should make his major league debut sometime in 2016, and while he should be on the radar of owners in all formats, he only needs to be drafted in deeper mixed and AL-only leagues.
Snell was added to the Rays' 40-man roster on Friday. The top prospect in the Rays farm system, Snell should be fantasy relevant for a good portion of the 2016 season. He was statistically the best pitching prospect in the minors last season, and profiles as a potential No. 2 starter long term.
The Rays promoted starting pitcher prospect Blake Snell from Double-A Montgomery to Triple-A Durham on Sunday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The 2011 first-round pick went 6-2 with a 1.57 ERA in 12 starts with Montgomery. He recorded 79 strikeouts and 29 walks in 68 2/3 innings.
Rays pitching prospect Blake Snell has been very tough on minor-league hitters so far this season. After not allowing a run in his first 46 innings, Snell has continued to put up impressive numbers in the Rays' system. The young left-hander is 3-2 with a 2.79 ERA over his last seven starts for Double-A Montgomery. He has 72 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings over his 11 starts with Double-A.
Rays pitching prospect Blake Snell is closing in on history. Snell, who is pitching for Double-A Montgomery, has thrown 46 consecutive scoreless innings to start the season. That is three innings shy of the modern-day minor-league single-season record, held by right-hander Brad Thompson, according to Baseball America. Thompson was pitching for the Cardinals' Double-A team when he achieved the feat in 2014. Overall this season, while pitching for High Class A Charlotte and Double-A, Snell has a 6-0 record over eight starts. He has a combined 54:19 K:BB ratio in the 46 innings. Snell was a first-round draft pick (52nd overall) by the Rays in 2011.
Rays starting pitcher prospect Blake Snell recorded a career-best 10 strikeouts and retired the final 16 batters he faced Wednesday, but he still took the loss for Class A Bowling Green. Snell has lost two of his last three starts despite allowing a total of four earned runs in that span. Snell is 1-3 with a 2.81 ERA and .237 opponents' batting average through six starts. He's managed 34 strikeouts to 16 walks in 25 2/3 innings. The 2011 supplemental first-round pick is considered the Rays' seventh-best prospect by MLB.com.