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Jake Odorizzi will indeed make his Rays debut on Monday

May 19, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

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The Rays confirmed late Saturday that 23-year-old right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who was acquired from the Royals this winter in the James Shields trade, will make his debut for Tampa Bay in Monday afternoon’s series opener against the Blue Jays.

This from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

Odorizzi is filling for staff ace David Price, who hit the disabled list a few days ago with a strained left triceps muscle. Price is still out indefinitely, so Jake’s stay in the major leagues could last a while.

Odorizzi was the 32nd overall pick in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft out of a southern Illinois high school. He was sporting a 3.83 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 47/15 K/BB ratio through 44 2/3 innings this season at Triple-A Durham.

“Jake, by a series of different reasons, got the nod. We felt good about all of them,” Rays manager Joe Maddon told reporters on Saturday. “I hear he had been doing a great job (in Durham). Here’s a guy who went about his business really well (in the spring), has a nice makeup, has a nice way about him. So we felt confident starting him on Monday.”

  1. onbucky96 - May 19, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Wish he were still part of the Brewers organization. We stink.

  2. bigmeechy74 - May 19, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    I dunno why the rays don’t just put all of their best players on the team. They have chris archer languishing in the minors even though he is ready while guys like Fausto Carmona… er… roberto hernandez start. It’s weird. They could also have an outfield of jennings, joyce, and myers too with zobrist at 2nd. I don’t get it.

    • rwallac2345 - May 19, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      @bigmeechy74 They’re keeping those guys in the minors to delay their arbitration clock and retain their rights for longer. Myers will most likely be promoted sometime in mid-June or July. If Odorizzi pitches really well, I would guess that he stays in the rotation when Price returns while Hernandez gets moved to the bullpen.

      • buddaley - May 19, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        I think this is only partly true. There is little question the Rays consider the issue of team control, but they also want to be sure that once called up a player is ready to contribute and will not need to be demoted.

        In all the cases mentioned, the prospect has demonstrated he needs to work on some areas before he can succeed in the majors. Myers is off to a very poor start at Durham, striking out almost 30% of his plate appearances and not hitting for power. His BA has dipped below .250. Perhaps it is a matter of psychology, being bored with AAA, but it can also be that he needs to work on his contact skills as well as his outfield and base running skills.

        Archer also has struggled with his command. Hernandez has actually pitched pretty well for TB (until last night), striking out more batters than usual and maintaining his high ground ball rates. He has also generally pitched reasonably deep into games, something that the Durham pitchers have not done often.

        Finally, Maddon likes to use the flexibility of his roster to play matchups. So far, Kelly Johnson has responded to that very well, and the Rays have also gotten contributions from Roberts and Rodriguez. Joyce continues to struggle vs. lefties, so having 5 players (Zobrist, Joyce, Johnson, Rodriguez, Jennings) capable of playing the outfield and another 4-5 (Zobrist, Johnson, Roberts, Rodriguez/Loney) who can play 2B and 1B allows him maximum production from the entire roster.

      • bigmeechy74 - May 19, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        I get the arbitration thing. But Archer played a decent amount last year and I know he was disappointed to not make the club out of spring. Also, at some point don’t you think they should try to win now? the window isn’t open forever. especially since they can’t re-sign price

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      They could have just as easily called up Alex Colome as well, he’s already on the 40 man and has been pitching better than Archer or Odorizzi this year. Which reminds me why Price is most likely traded sooner rather than later.

      • rwallac2345 - May 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        Unfortunately, trading Price is inevitable. However, if he continues to pitch poorly this year, I think the Rays will hold onto him going into next year hoping he returns to his previous form in 2014. I don’t think there’s anyway they trade him until someone offers a package equal (or more) than what they got for Shields.

  3. lukescottsbedsidemanner - May 19, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Can he pitch The Rays Way? That’s very important, that is.

  4. 13arod - May 19, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    tampa needs to trade price sooner then later he isn’t doing good riight now

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