Shane Baz Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 190 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 6/17/1999 (23)
Shane Baz Season Stats
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Shane Baz News
Tampa Bay Rays right-handed pitcher Shane Baz (elbow) is set to undergo Tommy John surgery, meaning he will miss the entire 2023 season. Tough news for the 23-year-old, who burst onto the scene in 2021 before having an injury-riddled 2022 season. He has dealt with elbow issues throughout the year, dating all the way back to spring training, so the writing seemed to be on the wall. Baz ended up making just nine starts this season, going 3-2 with a 4.02 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 48 strikeouts in 40 IP. This is tough news for Baz's dynasty league owners, but the hope now is that he can come back strong in 2024 and not have the recurring elbow issues he had this season.
Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Shane Baz (elbow) is throwing and seems to be doing just fine in his recovery from an elbow injury, but he will not pitch in games again this year. Baz had resumed throwing late last month, but the Rays will not rush the 23-year-old back this year, even for a potential postseason run. In his first two big-league seasons, Baz has only made nine starts, going 3-2 with a 4.02 ERA (4.30 FIP), a 1.12 WHIP and a 48:12 K:BB in 40 1/3 innings. The Rays and fantasy managers will be hoping that he's fully healthy way ahead of spring training next year as he looks to lay claim to a starting rotation spot.
Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Shane Baz (elbow) said his last checkup went well and he's feeling good, and he will start throwing on Monday. Baz is planning as if he will pitch again in games this season, but he knows there may not be enough time and the decision ultimately may not be his to make. The 23-year-old is currently on the 60-day injured list due to a right elbow sprain, and the Rays surely won't rush him back if they aren't confident that he's fully healthy, although it would certainly be nice to have him for a postseason run. He'll be eligible to return on Sept. 9, but even if he makes it back before the end of the season, he won't be of much help to fantasy managers. Baz has made only six starts in 2022, allowing 15 earned runs on 27 hits (five homers) while walking nine and striking out 30 in 27 innings pitched.
Baz debuted in late 2021, throwing just 13.1 innings but posting a sparkling line of a 2.03 ERA, a 0.68 WHIP, a 37% K%, and a 6% BB%. It is wise to take those numbers with a large grain of salt, but they become a bit more believable when you look at what he did in the minor leagues. In 78.2 innings between AA and AAA, he gave up just 18 earned runs (a 2.17 ERA) while striking out 113 batters and walking just 13. Those are very impressive numbers regardless of who he put them up against, most young pitchers cannot get that many strikeouts while limiting walks to that extent. In the Majors, his four-seam fastball averaged 97 miles per hour and racked up a very high 13% SwStr% (on 108 offerings). He also posted excellent swinging-strike rates on his curveball (18.9%) and slider (23.8%). This is a very impressive pitch arsenal and an even more impressive minor league track record. Fantasy players seem privy to all of this, as Baz is being drafted in the top 150. The Rays are also not likely to let him exceed 150 innings next year, which takes away some of the upside, but the sky is the limit for what this kid can do while he's on the mound. It would be wise to buy in at this price while you can.