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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 27)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.3 2.74 1.13 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date8-6-1986
Height6' 3"
Weight235 lbs
Age28 years, 2 months, 15 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.12010
0.12011
1.62012
0.62013
2.12014
+proj
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2010 TBA 23 8 0 5.0 0.0 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 2 1 1 0 3 3 3 0 6 1.80 2.45 4.18 0.6 0.1
2011 TBA 24 37 0 28.0 0.0 28.0 5 2 0 0 0 0 124 30 14 14 5 51 12 11 0 27 4.50 4.74 4.20 0.5 0.1
2012 TBA 25 69 0 55.3 0.0 55.3 5 2 0 7 0 0 212 33 13 12 3 47 11 7 1 73 1.95 1.76 1.51 14.9 1.6
2013 TBA 26 71 0 62.7 0.0 62.7 5 3 1 5 0 0 260 52 28 28 8 86 22 17 1 75 4.02 3.44 3.80 5.1 0.6
2014 TBA 27 73 0 71.3 0.0 71.3 5 2 19 4 0 0 274 48 15 15 2 62 16 15 2 90 1.89 1.76 1.86 19.2 2.1
Career2580222.30.0222.3209201600890165717018249645342712.832.632.6840.34.4

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2004 PRI Rk 12 12 56.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .278 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 HUD A- 15 14 76.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.513 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 GRL A 26 26 134.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .305 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 VRO A+ 21 21 116.7 4.16 117 .213 .264 .333 .387 .257 .284 105 21.6 2.1 21.6 2.1
2007 MNT AA 5 5 23.3 3.69 109 .238 .265 .338 .394 .269 .329 89 5.6 0.6 5.6 0.6
2008 MNT AA 15 15 77.7 5.39 97 .231 .260 .340 .397 .253 .274 112 6.3 0.6 6.3 0.6
2009 PCH A+ 11 11 22.3 4.35 101 .267 .253 .323 .369 .255 .400 100 4.8 0.5 4.8 0.5
2009 RAY Rk 5 5 7.7 3.24 119 .206 .246 .319 .346 .259 .333 86 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2010 TBA MLB 8 0 5.0 4.18 116 .173 .256 .318 .401 .248 .182 112 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2010 MNT AA 19 19 88.3 3.32 124 .251 .270 .344 .401 .269 .328 97 20.9 2.1 20.9 2.1
2010 DUR AAA 11 1 17.3 1.97 158 .132 .258 .323 .408 .250 .237 103 7.9 0.8 7.9 0.8
2011 TBA MLB 37 0 28.0 4.20 105 .296 .266 .330 .424 .268 .312 100 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1
2011 DUR AAA 24 0 33.3 3.44 120 .237 .256 .322 .391 .250 .295 96 6.6 0.6 6.6 0.6
2012 TBA MLB 69 0 55.3 1.51 165 .185 .252 .320 .415 .264 .244 96 14.9 1.6 14.9 1.6
2013 TBA MLB 71 0 62.7 3.80 107 .249 .253 .314 .402 .262 .286 95 5.1 0.6 5.1 0.6
2014 TBA MLB 73 0 71.3 1.86 154 .184 .256 .317 .399 .265 .280 98 19.2 2.1 19.2 2.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2004 PRI Rk 5 1 0 12 12 56.7 49 25 53 5 0% .278 7.8 4.0 0.8 8.4 1.31 3.97 0.0 0.0
2005 HUD A- 5 4 0 15 14 76.7 64 23 89 4 0% -.513 7.5 2.7 0.5 10.4 1.13 3.64 0.0 0.0
2006 GRL A 7 9 0 26 26 134.0 103 65 171 7 0% .305 6.9 4.4 0.5 11.5 1.25 2.96 0.0 0.0
2007 VRO A+ 5 4 0 21 21 116.7 86 39 145 8 43% .284 6.6 3.0 0.6 11.2 1.07 2.93 21.6 2.1
2007 MNT AA 3 2 0 5 5 23.3 19 13 30 2 43% .329 7.3 5.0 0.8 11.6 1.37 4.25 5.6 0.6
2008 MNT AA 6 4 0 15 15 77.7 65 37 65 6 44% .274 7.5 4.3 0.7 7.5 1.31 3.94 6.3 0.6
2009 PCH A+ 0 2 0 11 11 22.3 26 9 26 2 48% .400 10.5 3.6 0.8 10.5 1.57 6.46 4.8 0.5
2009 RAY Rk 0 2 0 5 5 7.7 5 3 14 0 47% .333 5.8 3.5 0.0 16.4 1.04 3.51 1.8 0.2
2010 MNT AA 3 7 0 19 19 88.3 81 33 100 3 44% .328 8.3 3.4 0.3 10.2 1.29 3.57 20.9 2.1
2010 DUR AAA 1 1 1 11 1 17.3 9 3 27 0 47% .237 4.7 1.6 0.0 14.0 0.69 0.52 7.9 0.8
2010 TBA MLB 0 0 0 8 0 5.0 2 3 6 0 55% .182 3.6 5.4 0.0 10.8 1.00 1.80 0.6 0.1
2011 DUR AAA 4 2 9 24 0 33.3 30 8 38 4 52% .295 8.1 2.2 1.1 10.3 1.14 2.70 6.6 0.6
2011 TBA MLB 5 2 0 37 0 28.0 30 12 27 5 33% .312 9.6 3.9 1.6 8.7 1.50 4.50 0.5 0.1
2012 TBA MLB 5 2 0 69 0 55.3 33 11 73 3 44% .244 5.4 1.8 0.5 11.9 0.80 1.95 14.9 1.6
2013 TBA MLB 5 3 1 71 0 62.7 52 22 75 8 43% .286 7.5 3.2 1.1 10.8 1.18 4.02 5.1 0.6
2014 TBA MLB 5 2 19 73 0 71.3 48 16 90 2 38% .280 6.1 2.0 0.3 11.4 0.90 1.89 19.2 2.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2010 81 0.5432 0.3704 0.7667 0.5227 0.1892 0.7826 0.7143 0.2333
2011 524 0.5534 0.5153 0.8074 0.6759 0.3162 0.8520 0.6892 0.1926
2012 908 0.5914 0.5463 0.7560 0.7263 0.2857 0.7872 0.6415 0.2440
2013 1125 0.5644 0.5147 0.7789 0.7008 0.2735 0.8022 0.7015 0.2211
2014 1147 0.5275 0.4987 0.7395 0.6810 0.2952 0.7646 0.6750 0.2605
Career37850.55770.51440.76520.69370.28710.79370.67760.2348

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-10 2014-08-11 DTD 1 1 Right Lower Leg Contusion Calf -
2013-06-07 2013-06-10 DTD 3 3 Left Lower Leg Contusion Shin - -
2009-04-09 2009-07-19 Minors 101 0 Left Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2008-07-08
2008-06-23 2008-09-08 Minors 77 0 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2008-07-08
2006-08-12 2006-08-29 Minors 17 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 TBA $
2014 TBA $1,450,000
2013 TBA $506,200
2012 TBA $484,200
2011 TBA $415,200
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,405,600
2011Current$1,450,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$2,855,600
4 yrTotal$2,855,600

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 127 dWasserman Media Group1 year/$1.45M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.45M (2014). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.5062M (2013). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/2/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4842M (2012). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4152M (2011). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/27/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/3/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Tampa Bay 11/20/08. Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/25/09.
  • Drafted by Tampa Bay 2004 (5-135) (Reed HS, Nev.). $0.215M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 0 0 3 0 0 76.9 53 21 86 6 .251 0.96 2.03 2.21 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 2 0 0 70.5 52 21 79 6 .266 1.03 2.39 2.6 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 2 0 0 66.1 52 20 74 6 .277 1.09 2.66 2.89 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 2 0 0 62.3 51 20 70 6 .286 1.14 2.89 3.14 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 2 0 0 58.9 50 20 66 6 .294 1.19 3.10 3.37 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 2 0 0 55.5 49 20 62 6 .302 1.24 3.32 3.61 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 2 0 0 52.0 48 19 58 6 .311 1.29 3.56 3.87 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 2 0 0 48.0 47 18 54 5 .322 1.35 3.85 4.18 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 1 0 0 42.5 44 18 48 5 .336 1.45 4.25 4.62 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0020058.34919656.2921.173.073.340.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
38% 61% 16% 17% 88%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20152832263066522273742.2731.122.833.087.13.09.90.91.5
20162931256060502266642.2881.213.333.627.53.310.00.90.9
20173042268072572280742.2781.102.662.907.22.810.00.91.7
20183142264068561977742.2841.102.712.957.42.510.10.91.6
20193231259062531867642.2901.142.933.187.72.69.70.91.3
20203331255058501864642.2941.172.993.257.82.89.90.91.2
20213431252055481760642.2941.173.063.327.82.89.81.01.1
20223531251054451561542.2931.112.843.087.52.510.20.81.2
20233631248051431457542.2941.122.883.137.62.510.10.91.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
24.716.327.431.420.123119.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 79)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 89 Antonio Bastardo 2013 2.53
2 86 Rafael Soriano 2007 3.25
3 85 Louis Coleman 2013 0.61
4 85 Rich Thompson 2012 12.00
5 84 Scott Elbert 2013 0.00 DNP
6 83 Jensen Lewis 2011 0.00 DNP
7 83 Marc Rzepczynski 2013 3.82
8 83 Greg Holland 2013 1.48
9 83 Ramon Ramirez 2009 3.36
10 83 Tyler Clippard 2012 3.96
11 83 Hong-Chih Kuo 2009 3.00
12 82 Fernando Salas 2012 4.45
13 82 J.P. Howell 2010 0.00 DNP
14 82 Jerry Blevins 2011 4.45
15 82 Fu-Te Ni 2010 7.43
16 82 Jonathan Papelbon 2008 3.12
17 82 Junichi Tazawa 2013 3.29
18 81 David Aardsma 2009 2.90
19 81 Denny Bautista 2010 3.74
20 81 Wesley Wright 2012 3.61
21 81 Pat Neshek 2008 5.40
22 81 Daniel Schlereth 2013 0.00 DNP
23 80 C.J. Wilson 2008 6.80
24 80 Brian Wilson 2009 3.36
25 80 Rafael Perez 2009 7.50
26 80 Jose Mijares 2012 2.88
27 80 Alex Hinshaw 2010 0.00 DNP
28 80 Angel Guzman 2009 2.95
29 79 Neal Cotts 2007 4.86
30 79 Jose Capellan 2008 4.50
31 79 John Maine 2008 4.50
32 79 Shawn Kelley 2011 0.00
33 79 Vinnie Pestano 2012 2.57
34 79 Brad Brach 2013 4.35
35 79 Sergio Romo 2010 2.32
36 79 Fernando Nieve 2010 6.00
37 79 Luke Gregerson 2011 3.72
38 79 Sergio Santos 2011 3.55
39 79 James McDonald 2012 4.47
40 79 Bobby Parnell 2012 3.15
41 79 Chris Hatcher 2012 5.52
42 78 Armando Galarraga 2009 5.76
43 78 A.J. Murray 2009 0.00 DNP
44 78 Ernesto Frieri 2013 3.67
45 78 Santiago Casilla 2008 3.93
46 78 Brandon Kintzler 2012 3.78
47 78 Chris Britton 2010 0.00 DNP
48 78 Kevin Correia 2008 6.55
49 78 Sam Demel 2013 0.00 DNP
50 78 Andrew Brown 2008 3.34
51 78 J.A. Happ 2010 3.81
52 78 Jesse Chavez 2011 11.74
53 78 Andrew Bailey 2011 3.89
54 78 Cesar Jimenez 2012 0.00 DNP
55 78 Michael Schwimer 2013 0.00 DNP
56 78 Evan Scribner 2013 4.39
57 77 Taylor Buchholz 2009 0.00 DNP
58 77 Blaine Boyer 2009 5.93
59 77 Ryan Madson 2008 3.16
60 77 Jake Arrieta 2013 4.90
61 77 Carlos Villanueva 2011 4.12
62 77 Juan Gutierrez 2011 8.35
63 77 Dillon Gee 2013 3.80
64 77 Cory Wade 2010 0.00 DNP
65 76 Josh Roenicke 2010 7.11
66 76 Matt Reynolds 2012 5.02
67 76 Boone Logan 2012 3.90
68 76 Jose Ascanio 2012 0.00 DNP
69 76 Jim Hoey 2010 0.00 DNP
70 76 Kevin Jepsen 2012 3.43
71 76 Mariano Rivera 1997 2.13
72 76 Pedro Strop 2012 2.44
73 76 Carlos Fisher 2010 5.64
74 76 Edinson Volquez 2011 5.96
75 76 Royce Ring 2008 10.07
76 76 Ryan Rowland-Smith 2010 7.74
77 75 Evan Meek 2010 2.81
78 75 Logan Kensing 2010 0.00 DNP
79 75 Francisco Rosario 2008 0.00 DNP
80 75 Phil Coke 2010 3.90
81 75 Ryan Braun 2008 0.00 DNP
82 75 Brad Kilby 2010 2.16
83 75 Tyler Johnson 2008 0.00 DNP
84 75 Al Alburquerque 2013 4.59
85 75 Ronald Belisario 2010 5.04
86 75 Robinson Tejeda 2009 3.67
87 75 Warner Madrigal 2011 0.00 DNP
88 75 Sammy Gervacio 2012 0.00 DNP
89 75 Jon Meloan 2012 0.00 DNP
90 75 Bobby Jenks 2008 2.63
91 75 Jess Todd 2013 0.00 DNP
92 75 Christian Garcia 2013 0.00 DNP
93 75 Robert Coello 2012 12.79
94 75 Yhency Brazoban 2007 21.60
95 75 Franklyn German 2007 0.00 DNP
96 75 Jeff Stevens 2011 5.14
97 75 Mickey Storey 2013 6.75
98 75 Todd Coffey 2008 4.39
99 75 Juan Oviedo 2009 4.33
100 75 Scott Maine 2012 6.08

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .234 .285 .371 .257
11 vs R (Multi) .196 .266 .319 .221
18 Split (Multi) .038 .020 .051 .037
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .235 .295 .383 .264
31 vs R (2013) .217 .287 .362 .239
38 Split (2013) .017 .009 .021 .025
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 McGee's move to the bullpen, which happened midway through 2010, paid huge dividends in 2012, his first full major-league season. His 1.6 WAR was the highest in baseball among relievers not used as closers. McGee's approach hasn't changed much: throw, throw, throw that mid-90s heater nearly 90 percent of the time. Perhaps the dramatic improvement in results last season owed to the completion of a gradual, two-year drop in his release point, which has come down about six inches since 2010 and may be a sign that he's getting better arm extension. McGee will reprise his late-inning role in 2013 and could conceivably be the Rays closer in 2014.
2012 Clockhands McGee split time between St. Pete and Durham before settling down near season's end to be the kind of reliever the team thought he would be to start the season with his mid-90s heat and power slider. At one point, McGee and Wade Davis were coming up the organizational ladder side by side as starters, but Tommy John surgery derailed that story, and McGee's mechanics and inability to pick up a change-up put him on the reliever path. He was very effective as a LOOGY in limited usage, holding lefties to a .164 average with just a 510 OPS on the season, but had no answer for righties who hit .400 against him with a 1143 OPS.
2011 After an uneven 2009 return from Tommy John surgery, McGee restored his top-prospect status with a healthy season, and reached the majors thanks to a role change. After starting for the first four months of the season at Montgomery, he shifted to the Durham bullpen, dominated Triple-A hitters and earned a brief cup of coffee with the Rays. McGee has rare velocity for a southpaw, with a 92-95-mph, late-action fastball that he can pump up to 97 as a reliever. His secondary stuff—a power curve and a changeup—lack polish at this point, and his violent delivery occasionally compromises his command. Given the Rays' plethora of young pitchers, McGee's immediate future lies in the bullpen; he could figure in the Rays' late-game plan at some point in 2011.
2010 Blessed with rare high-90s velocity for a lefty, this 2004 fifth-round pick out of a Nevada high school ranked among the Rays' top pitching prospects before a less-than-dominant showing at Double-A in 2008 led to the discovery that he needed Tommy John surgery. McGee returned to competition in late June, starting games but pitching a maximum of three innings—less if he found trouble, which he did about half the time. McGee's violent delivery and second-rank secondary offerings have the team eying him as a late-game reliever, perhaps his quickest path to the majors given how crowded the team's rotation picture is becoming.
2009 Of the myriad high-ceiling arms in the Rays system, McGee is the rarest of prospects. It's not that hard to find a guy who can touch 98 mph, but to find one who is left-handed? That is special. In 2008 though, he suddenly didn't look so special; the fastball lost a few ticks as the season wore down, his command disappeared, and the results were fairly predictable—a popped elbow and Tommy John surgery that will cost him most of 2009. The effort in his delivery and his inconsistent secondary offerings had many projecting him as a power reliever in the end, and this outcome may have sealed the deal.
2008 McGee is one of the system's elite arms, and you don't need more than two hands to count the number of left-handers who can match his velocity, which reaches 96 mph nearly every time out. His lack of secondary stuff could hinder his development as a starter, but there are no plans to move him right now. Still, the organization certainly needs some bullpen help, and McGee has closer possibilities.
2007 Jacob McGee made his full-season debut in the Midwest League and led the league with 171 strikeouts in 134 innings. He added some velocity, refined his slow curveball, and should keep right on advancing. He`s a sleeper.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-08-06 16:30:00 (link to chat)What player would you feel the most uncomfortable around if you were alone with said player?
(Bekah Ansbro from Woodstock, VA)
Jake McGee. Lefties with velo give me the chills. (Cespedes Family BBQ)
2014-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Roster advice: 10-team/12 keeper league, prepping for the playoffs, currently holding on to Michael Pineda (small sample, hope he's healthy), Taijuan Walker (fingers crossed for another Sunday start), Kevin Gausman (steady contribution), and Jake McGee (slew August) on the pitching staff....looking to add Dexter Fowler for depth at the plate (he'd be first off the bench)...Would you drop any of the pitchers for Fowler? PS: Staff FWIW: Greinke, Stras, Lester, Kluber, Archer, Rosenthal, Robertson, Jansen w/ Wacha on DL
(pmitchell60 from NOLA)
I would stock up on RB/WR first unless you can snag a top QB in rounds 2/3. Really depends on how teams and league scoring. Manning, Rodgers, Brees are head and shoulders above the pack while you can stock pile useful PPR WR/RB late. (CJ Wittmann)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)thoughts on these relievers rest of season: Fields, Tolleson, Boxberger, Aaron Sanchez.
(Frank from brooklyn)
Fields has a better chance to get saves than any of these guys, Tolleson is likely blocked by Feliz for awhile and Knebel is coming. I like Aaron Sanchez more for the future. I think Jake McGee has that stuff locked down in Tampa, poor Boxberger. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Scoresheet league here .Don't have a real closer.Alternating between David Carpenter,Jake McGee and Kelvin Herrera at this point.Based solely on E.R.A,who would you entrench as your closer the rest of way ?
(Spirou from Montreal)
Herrera for me (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)I've been getting crushed by injuries early. I'm in a 15 team mixed where my only healthy closer left is Latroy Hawkins, yeah I know. There are no closers on waivers and most of the really good closers in waiting are taken. I'm looking at names like A.J Ramos, Jake McGee and Edward Mujica. If you're speculating on future saves are there any under the radar options that people might not be that familiar with? Thanks.
(KcDozer from Florida)
Starting to think there are no healthy relievers left. I would say Cody Allen but Bret Sayre has blown him up already. Daniel Webb on the White Sox should get a look if Matt Lindstrom fails in Nate Jones’ absence. Jeurys Familia has his issues and isn’t exactly holding it down this year but he still throws hard and has a slider which is the requisite closer starting kit. Dellin Betances can get a look, there are a few names out there. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Chris Archer working hard on change-up, Jake Odorizzi learning how to throw Alex Cobb's split-finger change-up, Nate Karns improving on his change-up and Jake McGee adding a change-up w/ a possibility of a curveball to his repertoire. Which one of these guys will benefit most from adding the pitch that some people are obsessed/fixated/fascinated with? If Odorizzi does indeed learn and hone "The Thing"(split-change), would this take him from a bottom-of-rotation to a 2/3 guy because he'll finally have an out-pitch?
(jlarsen from Chicagoland Area)
a killer changeup can move the needle, sure. But some times a guy is just hoping to get a half-way decent one. In theory any big league pitcher who 'learns awesome new pitch' is going to get better, change cutter knucklecurve etc, but it feels to me like Odorizzi and Archer are going to benefit the most, since they are already potential quality starters and this could put them over the top. Karns could be helped out by having a better chance to stick in the rotation, but that's not as shiny as having a chacne to be a front-line guy. (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)We know about pitchers adding a new pitch in spring, but what are your thoughts Jake McGee reintroducing a curveball?
(SpamFuld from Inthebox)
The news is especially significant for McGee given his extreme FB-leaning ways. He threw heaters 94% of the time last year (!), and he needs something else to put in the minds of opposing hitters. Hopefully the curve is trustworthy enough to become a ~10-20% pitch.

On the jukebox: ACDC, "For Those About to Rock "We Salute You)" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking for saves in 2014, how many of these guys are capable/likely to grab 20+ saves next season: Trevor Rosenthal, David Robertson, Cody Allen, Jake McGee, Brian Wilson, Luke Gregerson, Pedro Strop, Drew Storen, Ryan Cook, Carlos Martinez, Vic Black, Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz, Steve Delebar, Kelvin Herrera, Carter Capps, and/or AJ Ramos?
(J-Qwellin from Deplorable Future Leaders of America Club)
J-QWELLIN!!!! Interestingly enough, I'm working on such a piece re: 2014 closers. From your group, I'd go Rosy & D-Rob, but honestly any of them have the capability. I know that's a little copout-y, but that's the nature of the beast with relievers. (Paul Sporer)
2013-08-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Rays closer in 2014 will be (Jake McGee, Juan Carlos Oviedo, Free Agent(bargain bin, non-tendered reliever) Acquisition, Trade Acquisition)?
(jlarsen from Chicago, IL)
bargain bin (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have you heard anything in regards to Juan Carlos Oviedo and will he pitch at all for the Rays this year? With how Fernando Rodney has been iffy(in his walk year) and Jake McGee being Jekyll/Hyde, is Oviedo the likely closer for Tampa next year?
(jlarsen from chicago burbs)
the former Leo Nunez? Not a peep. Is he even pitching anywhere? (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Mr. Collette, who would you add to this list of the best relief pitching options (no closers) for ratios: Kenlay Jansen, Trevor Rosenthal and Kyuji Fujikawa.
(RP producers from USA)
Jake McGee, Luke Gregerson, Mark Melancon (Jason Collette)
2013-01-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)Mike Morse for Jake McGee (TBR). Is this enough to start a conversation?
(comish4lif from Alexandria, VA)
Yes. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-10-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wade Davis or Jake McGee, who is more of a promising reliever for the future for leagues that have holds as a stat?
(jlarsen from chicago)
I'd prefer McGee. Davis made an excellent transition to the bullpen this year, but McGee's handedness should assure him holds against tough lefties late in games. (Josh Shepardson)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think is the next guy to nab a closer job? I'm talking about unheralded guys like John Axford last year as opposed to the sexy setup guys from the preseason like Daniel Bard and Jake McGee.
(Aaron from YYZ)
I'll say Kevin Jepsen of the Angels. (John Perrotto)
2008-05-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to pick between the Yankees top pitching prospects, Boston's top pitching prospects and Tampa Bay's top pitching prospects, who would you pick to have the most success in the future?
(jlarsen from DRays Bay)
That's the billion dollar question, isn't it? I'm not a prospect expert, so I'm not sure I've got the most informed opinion here, but it's fun to kick the idea around. For all of Hughes' struggles, I think if you pair him and Chamberlain against Buchholz and Masterson, I think they come out ahead in the long run -- I tend to like those big bodies when it comes to durability, though of course with Hughes we have little evidence he's actually durable. As for the Rays, I haven't seen enough of David Price, Wade Davis, Jacob McGee or Jeff Niemann to know which of the two I should be comparing them to (if we're going two deep), but many people are very high on them. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)wait, you're still here?? tell me the one guy on this list who you think is the most controversial placement (whether above or below the general consensus), and then defend your ranking of him.
(joonpahk from Cambridge MA)
I'm still here! So far, based on the chat questins and my email, the answer are.

1. Jacob McGee at 40. Again, that says he's the 4th best LHP in the minors, so it's not shabby at all. Questions about his secondary stuff hurt him.

2. Clay at 2, Joba at 4. Obviously, with those rankings, I think both will be great, but Buchholz has the better all-around arsenal, better command, and Joba still has some dings on his healthy history. Mostly this is just the superfan subset of Yankees fans bitching becuase a Red Sox guy is ahead of a Yankee guy.

3. Lars Anderson at 100. He's a first baseman who's hit, but hasn't mashed. I just don't see it, and scouting views I've gotten just like him and don't love him. There is also an aspect of the superfan subset of Red Sox fans bitching because thier guy is lower than expected.

4. Travis Snider in the single digits. I don't get why this is surprising. (Kevin Goldstein)


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Jake McGee has thrown 3,816 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (97mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (79mph).