Zach Eflin Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 6" / 220 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 4/8/1994 (29)
Zach Eflin Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Zach Eflin News
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Zach Eflin will start Game 2 of the Wild Card series against the Texas Rangers on Thursday. Eflin will follow Tyler Glasnow, who will start Game 1 Tuesday. Eflin has been excellent in his first year with the Rays, pitching to career-lows with a 3.50 ERA and 1.02 WHIP while striking out a career-high 186 batters in 177 IP. The Rangers haven't said who they will be starting yet, but Eflin should have an advantage no matter who he's up against in Game 2.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Zach Eflin will look to stay hot Tuesday night as he takes on the rival Boston Red Sox at home. Eflin is coming off 6 1/3 shutout frames with just four hits and zero walks surrendered against four strikeouts in Miami against the Marlins his last time out. The right-hander has now allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his last six starts and one earned run or less in four of those six outings. The lengthy stretch of excellent work has lowered Eflin's season-long ERA to 3.40 while his 3.07 FIP, 3.38 SIERA, 22.1% K-BB%, and a career-best 51.3% ground-ball rate all suggest he should continue to see success moving forward.
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Zach Eflin (knee) will make his next scheduled start on Tuesday against the New York Yankees. Eflin tossed a bullpen on Saturday and evidently, the organization feels like it went well enough that he can pitch Tuesday. The righty struggled in his last start, allowing five runs in four innings, before being pulled with knee discomfort. Still, if he is healthy, Eflin has shown he can be a must-start pitcher in fantasy and he should be activated for his start Tuesday in all leagues.
Zach Eflin signed a three-year deal worth $40 million with the Tampa Bay Rays in December, the largest free-agent contract given out by Tampa in franchise history. The Orlando native elected to return home to Florida rather than accept his end of a mutual option with the Phillies. Eflin missed most of the 2022 season with a knee injury, but he was able to return in time for Philadelphia's postseason run out of the bullpen. With the Rays, though, Eflin will slot back into the rotation and join a robust set of arms in Shane McClanahan and Tyler Glasnow. Now entering his age-29 season, the right-hander hopes to build off of a year where he tossed just 75 2/3 innings in the regular season, pitching to a 4.04 ERA and 3.56 FIP. Eflin is still averse to walking batters, ranking in the 91st percentile in BB% in 2022, and doesn't allow a lot of hard contact, as exemplified by his 94th percentile ranking in HardHit%. Eflin has both a strong sinker (39.9%) and curveball (20.1%), and although he throws the sinker more often, his curveball may have the edge as his best pitch, generating a 43.5 Whiff% and 23.6 PutAway%. Eflin has tremendous upside, but his current overall ADP places him at 361, as his health presents concerns. ATC projects Eflin with nine wins, 3.95 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 7.72 K:9 across 139 innings in 2023. If he can stay healthy in 2023, though, Eflin will pay dividends to the average fantasy team and help the Rays tout one of the strongest rotations in baseball.