9. Blake Snell
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: December 4, 1992 in Seattle, WA USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 6'4"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: April 23, 2016
  • Final Game: September 28, 2016

Blake Snell began his career with the Tampa Bay Rays, where he played for five years, where it can be argued that he had one monster season and the rest being average to mediocre.  

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 season 

If 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.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round of the Amateur Draft 6/6/11.
  • Departed: Traded to the San Diego Padres for Blake Hunt, Cole Wilcox, Francisco Mejia and Luis Patino 12/29/20
  • Games Played: 108
  • Notable Statistics: 42 Wins
    30 Losses
    108 Games Started
    3.24 ERA
    0 Complete Games
    556.0 Innings Pitched
    648 Strikeouts
    3.50 FIP
    1.237 WHIP
    11.4 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Cy Young (2018)
    All-Star (2018)
    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (2018)
    Lowest ERA (2018)
    Most Wins (2018)
    Lowest H/9 (2018)
    Highest ERA+ (2018)

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