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March 15, 2021 09:08 PM
Rays' Shane Baz: Impresses prior to reassignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Baz, who Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports was reassigned to minor league camp Monday, was effective in adding a changeup to his arsenal this spring.

The hard-throwing right-hander, who's recorded four strikeouts over two spring frames thus far, already came in with a highly effective fastball and slider, so the addition of the changeup is likely to make him that much more of a challenge for hitters in the future. Baz could conceivably make his big-league debut sometime in 2021 given his electric stuff, and manager Kevin Cash noted Monday the 21-year-old is also in the midst of developing a curveball.

March 8, 2021 04:16 PM
Rays' Shane Baz: Dazzles in spring debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Baz's fastball topped out at 99.8 mph during his one-inning Grapefruit League outing against the Twins on Sunday, Adam Berry of reports.

The electric right-hander is thought to have a bright future, and the Rays are excited about giving him multiple opportunities in live action against big-league bats this spring. Baz's initial results were certainly encouraging, as the 21-year-old was able to work around back-to-back inning-opening walks to pitch a scoreless frame with the help of two strikeouts and a heater that averaged 97.9 mph.

February 13, 2021 10:04 AM
Rays' Shane Baz: Attending big-league camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Baz was invited Friday to the Rays' major-league camp, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Baz is a talented young righty who should be able to help the Rays before too long, but that help may not come this season. He recorded a strong 2.99 ERA in 17 starts at the Low-A level in 2019, but the canceled minor-league campaign in 2020 prevented him from continuing his climb up the ladder.

July 13, 2020 09:28 AM
Rays' Shane Baz: Impresses in sim game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Baz was impressive while facing Michael Perez, Hunter Renfroe, Mike Brosseau and Yandy Diaz in Sunday's simulated game, Juan Toribio of reports.

The 21-year-old is getting an opportunity to test his mettle against big-league bats in camp after seeing his 2020 minor-league opportunity evaporate, and he didn't look out of place while facing four capable hitters. Baz threw 11 of his 17 pitches for strikes during his outing and struck Diaz out looking to wrap up his one inning. Baz's arsenal includes a powerful fastball and numerous breaking pitches, and he particularly made an impression on manager Kevin Cash with the quality of his location at what is still a relatively early stage of his professional development. "The biggest thing for me is their ability to throw strikes, their understanding of how to make a small adjustment to get them back in the zone if they miss," Cash said. "A lot of times, for younger players, that's what makes them spiral. These guys are extremely polished."

June 26, 2020 05:04 PM
Rays' Shane Baz: Set to join 60-man roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Baz is expected to be named to the Rays' 60-man roster pool, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 21-year-old is one of Tampa Bay's top prospects, so his place in the pool is mostly for developmental reasons. Baz spent last season at Low-A Bowling Green and posted a 2.99 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 87:37 K:BB across 81.1 frames.

August 29, 2019 05:48 PM
Rays' Shane Baz: Receives AZL invite
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Baz received an invite to the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday, Juan Toribio of reports.

Baz earned his AZL spot by virtue of a rock-solid season at Low-A Bowling Green, one in which he generated a 3-2 record, 2.87 ERA and 1.26 WHIP while recording 78 strikeouts across 75.1 innings. The 20-year-old arrived in the Rays organization in the Chris Archer trade with the Pirates last season that also yielded Tampa both Tyler Glasnow (forearm) and Austin Meadows.

May 8, 2019 02:32 PM
Rays' Shane Baz: Reports to Low-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Baz was assigned to Low-A Bowling Green on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Baz has yet to make his 2019 debut while spending the past month at extended spring training. The decision wasn't the result of any concern about Baz's health but rather one designed to limit the young right-hander's innings count. He topped out at 52.1 innings between rookie and short-season ball in 2018 and should push close to 100 in 2019 if he avoids any setbacks over the next few months.

April 4, 2019 05:44 PM
Rays' Shane Baz: Opens in extended ST
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Baz will open the year in extended spring training, Mike Rosenbaum of reports.

With Baz, it's possible that he could be sent to Low-A before the short-season leagues open up, but at the latest we should see him sent somewhere in mid-June. The player to be named later in the Chris Archer trade has frontline stuff but needs to work on harnessing his arsenal.

August 14, 2018 06:56 PM
Rays' Shane Baz: PTBNL in Archer deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Baz was traded from the Pirates to the Rays as the player to be named later in the Chris Archer deal, Jon Heyman of reports.

As expected, the PTBNL in the Archer deal is better than the typical final piece in a deal like this, as Baz was the No. 12 overall pick in the 2017 draft and netted a slightly over-slot $4.1 million bonus. He has struggled with his command/control as a pro, walking 37 batters in 69 innings across stops in the Gulf Coast League and Appalachian League. However, as a 19-year-old with frontline-caliber stuff, it's not that surprising that he is still honing that aspect of pitching. Baz has 50 strikeouts in 45.1 innings in the Appy League this year, and had fanned 12 over 9.2 scoreless innings in his last two starts for Bristol. He slots in behind Brent Honeywell, Brendan McKay and Matthew Liberatore as the fourth-best pitching prospect in a stacked Rays farm system.

April 6, 2018 01:52 PM
Pirates' Shane Baz: Held back in extended spring training
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Baz is being held back in extended spring training to start the season,'s Jonathan Mayo reports.

Given his pedigree (12th overall pick last year) and frontline stuff, it would not have come as a surprise if Baz had opened the year at Low-A, but the Pirates will be cautious with their prized righty. He is likely on a fairly strict innings limit in his first pro season, which may have played a role in him being held back to start the year. Baz should finish the year at Low-A if he stays healthy.

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2017R-GCL Pirates 23.2101000301914263.881.724
2018ROK-Princeton Rays 7.022002056117.712.429
2018ROK-Bristol Pirates 45.1101004305423453.991.508
2019AFX-Bowling Green Hot Ro 81.1171703208737633.001.233

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