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2013 Stats (Triple-A): 9-6, 124.1 IP, 3.33 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, .225 BAA, 124/40 K/BB (22 GS)
2013 Stats (MLB): 23 IP, 5.09 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, .289 BAA, 17/6 K/BB (5 G/4 GS)
Acquired by the Tampa Bay Rays along with Wil Myers and two other prospects in the December deal that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City, Jake Odorizzi spent the first half of the season bouncing between Triple-A Durham and the major leagues. But after receiving limited opportunities as a swingman with the Rays, the 23-year-old was ultimately sent back to Triple-A.
Odorizzi was one of the more consistent pitchers at the level after rejoining the Durham starting rotation in late June, posting a 2.87 ERA and 64-20 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 64 innings (12 starts). As a result of his success in the minors, the Rays called up Odorizzi to make a spot start on August 29 against the Los Angeles Angels. He responded with the best start of his major league career, allowing one run on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts in five innings.
While he features above-average command of a deep, four-pitch mix, the right-hander doesn’t have swing-and-miss stuff. Additionally, Odorizzi’s evolution into a fly-ball pitcher remains a concern, as he posted an unfavorable 0.64 GO/AO (ground-out to fly-out) ratio this season.
Still, he’s already shown the ability to get out major league hitters this season—and briefly with the Kansas City Royals at the end of the 2012 season—between two separate stints with the Tampa Bay Rays. Expect Odorizzi to rejoin the club and work as a long reliever following the conclusion of the Triple-A International League playoffs.