Rays set to promote top prospect Snell to pitch vs Yankees

MGN Online

NEW YORK (AP) – The Tampa Bay Rays are set to call up top pitching prospect Blake Snell to make his major league debut at Yankee Stadium.

The Rays plan to promote Snell to start Saturday afternoon against New York. A corresponding roster move will be made before the game.

Snell zoomed through three levels of the minors last season, reaching Triple-A and combining to go 15-4 with a 1.41 ERA.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Friday it is expected the 23-year-old lefty will make this spot start and then go back to the minors. Snell pitched briefly for the Rays in spring training, and has gone 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings over three starts at Triple-A Durham.

Erasmo Ramirez had been listed to start Saturday for Tampa Bay. He wound up as the winning pitcher in relief Thursday as the Rays outlasted Boston 12-8.

Cash said the timing “just seemed right” to bring up Snell.

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