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Faria set to make MLB debut with Rays

Rays No. 9 prospect will start Wednesday vs. the White Sox
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ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays will summon right-hander Jacob Faria, who is ranked ninth in the organization according to MLBPipeline.com, to make his Major League debut Wednesday night against the White Sox. Tampa Bay will need to make a corresponding move to add him to the roster.

An excited Faria arrived prior to Tuesday night's Rays-White Sox game at Tropicana Field.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays will summon right-hander Jacob Faria, who is ranked ninth in the organization according to MLBPipeline.com, to make his Major League debut Wednesday night against the White Sox. Tampa Bay will need to make a corresponding move to add him to the roster.

An excited Faria arrived prior to Tuesday night's Rays-White Sox game at Tropicana Field.

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"It's the one thing I've been working for since I was 6," Faria said. "I don't think there's anything right now that trumps this moment for me."

Tweet from @RaysBaseball: RHP Jacob Faria will be officially recalled from Triple-A @DurhamBulls and start tomorrow for the #Rays. pic.twitter.com/TLxtvTfW30

Faria, 23, is 6-1 with a 3.07 ERA in 11 starts for Triple-A Durham. He has 84 strikeouts with 22 walks in 58 2/3 innings this season. In 117 Minor League appearances, Faria is 41-32 with a 3.13 ERA.

Kevin Cash first got acquainted with Faria in Spring Training of 2016, and Faria impressed the Rays' manager.

"It didn't look like he was intimidated whatsoever," Cash said. "He appears to be a confident kid who has really found his stuff and he's been performing well."

As for what Faria does well, Cash added: "He's got a fastball-changeup mix. He's started to develop a cutter that's very effective. But the biggest thing is, he's going in and throwing strikes and winning ballgames."

The Rays selected Faria in the 10th round of the 2011 Draft.

Faria's presence allows Tampa Bay to push back the starts of Jake Odorizzi and Alex Cobb, who will start Thursday and Friday, respectively.

"Quite a success story, with respect to where he was selected in the Draft, the work that went in with player development, just the progression of his career," said Rays senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager Erik Neander. "This is one that a lot of people in our organization have been a part in getting to this point. We're excited to see him out here tomorrow."

Faria, who got engaged to his girlfried Jessica last week, is expecting to have a lot of family and friends on hand to witness his Major League debut.

"The main thing they wanted to emphasize is, it's the same game, so don't let the excitement trump the situation," Faria said. "Just kind of stay within myself and go out there and do what I know how to do."

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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