Snell would make his Major League debut in 2016, going 6-8 with 19 starts. It was a fine year, and he would have a similar sophomore season where he went 5-7 with a 4.04 ERA. While this was not spectacular numbers, Snell was considered to be a potential star, which is exactly what he gave them in 2018.
This was the season where Snell won the Cy Young Award, with a league-leading 21 Wins against only five losses. Snell would lead the American League with a stellar ERA (1.89), ERA+ (217), and H/9 (5.6) and also had a WHIP under 1.000 (0.974). It was a fight for respect all year with Snell, who was struggling to get even All-Star attention (he did make that team), and realistically, he went from nowhere to the Cy Young.
Unfortunately, Snell had injury issues in 2019, and in his 23 starts, he would go 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA. Snell rebounded with a decent 4-2 with 3.24 ERA year in the COVID-affected 2020 year but this would be his last year with the Rays, as they shipped him to San Diego after the seasonIf this seems too high at this time, we do reward great seasons, and this is a very young team. Snell went 42-30 for Tampa with 648 Strikeouts.