Stanek is named after Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs, despite being born into a family of St. Louis Cardinals fans...upon his MLB debut, he became just the third player named Ryne in MLB history, following Sandberg and All-Star pitcher Ryne Duren...Graduated from Blue Valley HS (KS) in 2010...as a senior, he was named the Kansas City Star's All-Metro Baseball Player of the Year after leading Blue Valley to a Kansas Class 6A State Championship...selected by Seatle in the third round of the June 2010 draft, but did not sign...Elected to attend the University of Arkansas, where he starred for three years, compiling a 22-8 record with a 2.55 ERA and one save...was one of the best collegiate starting pitchers in 2013, his junior season, posting a 10-2 record and a 1.39 ERA (15ER/97.1IP) in 16 starts...Selected by the Rays in the first round of the 2013 Draft with the 29th overall selection...signed by Rays scout Rickey Drexler...Split his first four MLB seasons between the Tampa Bay and Miami organizations..non-tendered by the Marlins this offseason and signed a Major League contract with Houston on Jan. 8, 2020...although the deal was for one year, the Astros also have control over Stanek's 2022-23 seasons through the arbitration process.
Made just nine regular-season appearances for the Marlins, posting a 7.20 ERA (8ER/10IP) with 11 strikeouts in 10.0 innings...held right-handed hitters to a .194 (6x31) opponent batting average...Made the club's OPENING DAY roster and pitched in one game before being sidelined with COVID-19 from Aug. 4-Sept. 4...returned to make nine appearances in September, tossing 9.0 innings...Did not pitch in the Marlins Wild Card Series win over the Cubs...made two appearances in the NLDS vs. ATL, his first career POSTSEASON action... tossed 2.0 scoreless frames, working around three walks with three strikeouts...Non-tendered by the Marlins on Dec. 2.
Opened 2019 with the Tampa Bay Rays, making 41 appearances, including 27 as the team's "opener." Finished the season with 22 appearances out of the bullpen for Miami...With Tampa Bay, went 0-2 with a 3.40 ERA (55.2 ip/21 er) and held opponents to a .214 average, with 61 strikeouts (9.9 per 9.0 innings). He posted a 2.09 ERA (43.0/10), limiting opposing hitters to a .190 and 10.26 strikeout per nine rate (49/43.0) in the 27 starts...Went 0-1 with 7.82 (12.2/11) ERA in 14 relief outings for Tampa, then went 0-2 with a 5.48 ERA out of the 'pen for Miami.
Made 30 relief apps and 29 starts as an opener, a combination unmatched in major league history…became the first pitcher with 25 starts and 25 relief apps in a season since PHI Hugh Mulcahy (26 starts, 30 relief apps) in 1937 and the first AL pitcher since PHA Eddie Rommel (31 starts, 25 relief apps) in 1923…was the first rookie in major league history with 25 starts and 25 relief apps in a single season...His 29 starts were 2nd on the team behind Blake Snell (31)…all 29 starts came from May 26 through the end of the season, five more than any other pitcher in the majors over that span...His 59 apps tied for 4th among AL rookies and were the most by a Rays rookie since Steve Geltz (70) in 2015…his 29 starts tied SF Andrew Suarez for the most among major league rookies and were the most by a Rays rookie since Jake Odorizzi (31) in 2014...Min. 50 IP, ranked 2nd among AL rookies with a .191 opp avg. behind teammate Diego Castillo (.178) and ranked 3rd with a 10.99 SO/9 IP ratio...His avg. fastball velocity was 97.9 mph, according to StatCast, and his max velocity was 100.5 mph in his start on May 26 vs. BAL...Crafted a 1.86 ERA (38.2-IP, 8-ER) in 32 apps (14 starts) through July 25…after that, recorded a 4.55 ERA (27.2-IP, 14-ER) in 27 apps (15 starts)...From June 7-July 10, made nine consecutive scoreless starts to set a major league record- though he totaled only 13.2 IP over this span- passed LAD Zack Greinke (6, 43.2 IP), LAD Orel Hershiser (6, 55 IP) and LAD Don Drysdale (6, 54 IP)...Made 8 starts without allowing a hit, the most for any pitcher in a season since Baseball Reference data is available (1908)...Was winless in all 29 starts, the longest streak in the majors since Baseball Reference data is available (1908)…went 2 IP or fewer in all of these starts and never qualified for a win…his 29 starts of 2 IP or fewer and 14 starts of 1 IP or fewer were both the most for a pitcher within a single season...Five times he started on 0 days' rest, the first pitcher to do so that often in one season since STL/DET Grover Lowdermilk (5) and DET Harry Coveleski (5) in 1915…from Sep 3-4 at TOR, became the first rookie to start back-toback days since STL George Munger from July 28-29, 1943 vs. PHI, according to the Elias Sports Bureau…Munger went 0.1 IP in the first of those games and threw a complete game the next day…was the second pitcher in club history to start consecutive days, joining Sergio Romo on May 19-20 at LAA...Made two stints with the Rays (May 5-12 and May 19 through the end of the season)...On May 26 vs. BAL, made his first career start in the majors, and first start at any level since June 4, 2016 (with Double-A Montgomery)…retired all 5 BF, including strikeouts of Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop...On May 28 at OAK, pitched around a 2-out double and intentional walk in the 12th inning and left with 1-on, 2-out in the 13th for his first career win, coming in his 29th career app...on May 31 at OAK, made the second start of his career and took his first career loss...Did not allow a run in 12 apps (7 starts) spanning 15.2 IP in June and became the first pitcher in the majors with at least 12 apps and 7 starts within a calendar month since PHI Karl Drews (12 apps, 7 starts) in June 1953, and the first AL pitcher to do this since Jim Walkup (14 apps, 7 starts) of the St. Louis Browns in August 1935…was the first pitcher to ever make 12 apps and 7 starts within a single calendar month and not allow a run...On Aug 3 vs. CWS, struck out all 5 BF in his 17th start, becoming the first starter since Baseball Reference data is available (1908) to go longer than 1 IP and strike out every batter faced… previous long was 1 IP by Sergio Romo on May 19 at LAA and BOS Ernie Shore on Oct 6, 1915 at NYY (G1).
Made 21 apps over three stints with the Rays, his first career major league action…was on the active roster from May 14-June 10, Aug 1-8 and Sep 1 through the end of the season... Recorded a 3.52 ERA (7.2-IP, 3-ER) through the first 10 apps of his career, but a 7.30 ERA (12.1- IP, 10-ER) over his final 11 apps of the season. Allowed 6 HR in 20 IP, including 5 HR in his first 11.2 IP…his first 7 runs allowed all scored via the home run (three solo, two 2-run)... Averaged 98.1 mph on his fastball, according to StatCast…made 14 pitches of 100 mph or more, most by a Ray since Fernando Rodney (23) in 2013... Made his major league debut on May 14 at BOS… threw 9 pitches, all fastballs, averaging 99.3 mph according to StatCast, including a maximum velocity of 99.9 mph... On June 10 vs. OAK (G2), his 4 hits, 3 runs and 5 SO all remain career highs…became the first Rays reliever with 5 SO (or more) in an app of 2 IP or fewer since Steve Geltz on April 29, 2015 at NYY (1.2-IP, 5-SO)... On Sep 2 at CWS, allowed a solo homer to Avisaíl García on a 100.7 mph pitch, according to StatCast…it was the fastest pitch thrown by a Ray since data is available (2008) that was hit over the fence... Allowed at least 1 run in 7 consecutive apps spanning three stints, from June 8-Sep 8…it was the longest streak by a Rays reliever since Jason Hammel (7) in 2008... Was 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA (44.2-IP, 6-ER) and 60 SO in 37 apps with Durham…twenty of his last 21 apps spanning two stints there were scoreless, from June 20-Aug 30... Ranked by Baseball America as having the Best Fastball in the organization for a second consecutive year following the season.
Split the season between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham…his last 23 apps of the season came out of the bullpen...Between the two levels, posted a 4.30 ERA (102.2-IP, 49-ER) in 34 apps (11 starts)…had a 3.83 ERA (42.1-IP, 18-ER) as a reliever...Had 113 SO in 102.2 IP, compared to 79 SO the season prior in 112.1 IP...Earned Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors for June…had a 1.25 ERA (21.2-IP, 3-ER) and 25 SO in 7 apps (1 start)...His last start came on June 4…promoted to Durham on July 4 following a 1.00 ERA (18-IP, 2-ER) in 7 relief apps-all of at least 2 IP-with Montgomery...Had a 2.70 ERA (13.1-IP, 4-ER) over his first 8 apps with Durham, but ended the season with a 9.82 ERA (11-IP, 12-ER) over his last 8 apps...Pitched for the U.S. team in the Futures Game in July at Petco Park...Listed by Baseball America as one of three Rays farmhands to touch 100 mph according to scouts, front office officials or PITCHf/x data, along with José Alvarado and Diego Castillo...Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 13 prospect in the Rays organization following the season…also tabbed by the publication as having the Best Fastball in the system.