Stanek's blazing fastball makes him more intriguing than the average reliever, but his lack of a quality second pitch hindered his success over 21 appearances in the majors last season. The 26-year-old finished with a 5.85 ERA and 1.90 WHIP in 20 innings, with much of the damage coming on the six home runs he allowed. He'll need to display more consistent success with his off-speed stuff at Durham before earning another look with the Rays.
Stanek allowed an earned run on two hits and a walk over an inning in Wednesday's 8-1 win over the Cubs. He also recorded two strikeouts.
Stanek has had a rough go of it since being recalled from Triple-A Durham upon rosters expanding in September. He's now allowed an earned run in four of his five appearances, leading to an 8.31 ERA across 4.1 innings. The 26-year-old right-hander does have bring plenty of strikeout upside, already having racked up nine whiffs over that span. However, he's allowed 12 earned runs over 11 frames in his last nine major-league appearances overall, a stretch that's seen his ERA rise from 1.29 to 6.88.
Stanek is expected to be called up from Triple-A Durham on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The hard-throwing 2013 first-round pick generated an unsightly 6.39 ERA over 13 appearances with the Rays in two previous stints this season, but he's been dominant with the Bulls. Stanek has allowed just two earned runs in his past 23 appearances in Durham and has posted a 1.21 ERA overall. He's also notched eight saves in as many opportunities and will serve as another late-inning option for manager Kevin Cash during the stretch run.
Stanek was optioned to Triple-A Durham following Tuesday's game, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Just summoned up July 31, Stanek was sent down in order to make room for Jake Odorizzi (back), who's expected to be activated and start Wednesday versus the Red Sox. The 26-year-old saw action in two outings during his most recent majors stint, allowing three earned runs on five hits over three innings while recording five strikeouts.
Stanek, who was called up from Triple-A Durham on Monday, recently developed a splitter to go along with his 100 mph fastball, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports.
The 26-year-old right-hander worked on the pitch with Durham pitching coach Kyle Snyder over the last several weeks before being summoned, choosing to try to get more effective with the splitter as opposed to the slider that he'd previously utilized. While he'd also played around with the splitter last offseason and in spring training, he didn't hone in on perfecting it until returning to Durham following a rough initial major-league stint earlier this season. Stanek has already been mowing down hitters with the Bulls, compiling a 47:14 K:BB over 35.2 innings.
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