22-Year-Old Pitcher – Tampa Bay Rays
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Guerrieri was rated as a top-100 prospect by MLB.com each of the past three seasons, this despite him coming off Tommy John surgery during the 2013 season. The former first-round pick had off-field is...
Guerrieri pitched three shutout innings with High-A Charlotte on Monday, the Tampa Bay Times reports. He allowed one hit and struck out two in the game.
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Tampa Bay Rays Roster
MajorsArcher, Chris (P)
AAAAcosta, Mayobanex (C)
AAField, Johnny (OF)
A+Adames, Willy (SS)
AAmes, Jeff (P)
RookieBauers, Jake (1B)
Taylor Guerrieri: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Guerrieri, one of the Rays' top pitching prospects, had a scorching start to the season at Low-A Bowling Green. Over 14 starts, he went 6-2 with a 2.01 ERA and 51:12 K:BB ratio. He has a big fastball with a curveball that can miss bats with frequency. In July, he had some elbow soreness, and it was determined he would need Tommy John surgery. He also had a second positive test for recreational drug use that will be 50 games long. Due to the recovery of the ligament replacement surgery, he will not miss any games due to suspension, but it does put him on the watch list for potential future off-field issues. Guerrieri will likely only see minimal game action, if any, off the mound in the 2014.
Just 21 years old, Guerrieri may have the highest ceiling in the Rays' large stable of talented pitching prospects. His professional debut was limited to 52 innings at Hudson Valley of the New York-Penn League, but Guerrieri delivered a dominant 45:5 K:BB while holding the opposition without a home run over 52 innings. Already 6-foot-3, Guerrieri has little difficulty pushing his four-seam fastball to 95 mph on occasion, while also working in a two-seamer, curveball and changeup. All four of his current offerings grade out as plus pitches, and Guerrieri possesses the ability to command his arsenal exceptionally well. The Rays' track record of developing young pitching paired with his enormous potential could make the long-term investment a worthwhile one in dynasty leagues, even with the organization's tendency to promote prospects very gradually. Look for Guerrieri to begin his ascent to full-season ball with a debut at Low-A Bowling Green in 2013.