The Rays are planning on having Baz start in Sunday's series finale with the Marlins in Tampa Bay, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Unsurprisingly, Tampa Bay will have its top pitching prospect make another turn through the rotation after he impressed in his MLB debut Monday. While taking on a fearsome Toronto lineup, Baz captured the win while striking out five and walking none over five innings, with the only baserunners he allowed on the night coming on a pair of solo home runs. The Rays are expected to monitor Baz's workload carefully for what will likely be one or two starts in the regular season, but he should be a strong ratio stabilizer for fantasy mangers in the innings he provides the rest of the way.
Baz (1-0) allowed two runs on two hits while striking out five over five innings as he got the win over the Blue Jays on Monday in his MLB debut. Baz allowed just two hits to the high-powered Blue Jays' offense, however, both of them left the yard for home runs. Teoscar Hernandez connected on a fastball in the second and then Lourdes Gurriel turned on a slider in the fifth. The 22-year-old appeared to fit the part as one of baseball's top pitching prospects, showcasing excellent command with a great arsenal of pitches. Baz has a real shot to become a fantasy ace in the coming years, but for now, managers should temper their expectations with the Astros as the team he's projected to face his next time out.
Baz's contract was selected as expected Monday ahead of his major-league debut against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Baz was originally in the mix to debut Friday but had to wait an extra three days due to back spasms. The 22-year-old is one of the most exciting pitching prospects in the league. His appeal used to be entirely about his triple-digit heat, as he owned an 11.6 percent career walk rate prior to this season, but he's suddenly found his command this year, walking just 4.4 percent of opposing batters across 17 upper-minors starts. When combined with a stellar 37.9 percent strikeout rate, that's led to a 2.06 ERA. Andrew Kittredge (neck) landed on the injured list to clear a spot on the active roster, while Chris Archer (hip) shifted to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man.
Baz will have his contract selected by the Rays to start Monday against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 22-year-old originally lined up to make his MLB debut Friday before being scratched due to back spasms, but he'll end up being pushed back by only a few days. Baz, Tampa Bay's top pitching prospect, posted a 1.76 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 64:11 K:BB over 46 innings at Triple-A after opening the season at the Double-A level.
Baz was scratched from his start Thursday with Triple-A Durham due to back spasms, Patrick Kinas of Westwood One Sports, reports. Baz had been under consideration to make his major-league debut Friday. However, it's now clear why Luis Patino will be called upon instead. There's no timetable for Baz to return to the mound, and there's a possibility that he won't pitch again this season.
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