Blake does everything right-handed, except on the baseball field... Blake has volunteered to help coach the basketball team at his alma mater, Shorewood High School, during each of the last two winters…his brother, David, is a junior on the team…Blake uses his experiences in baseball to help players with issues related to self-confidence... He is a big fan of the University of Washington and Seattle Seahawks…he attended a handful of games over the offseason and never misses the rest on television... Blake credits Chris Archer with helping him reach new levels of his game by encouraging him to pursue greatness…the two would frequently spend time together outside the ballpark last season and became close friends... Blake purchased a ping-pong table in the offseason and is confident he will become the top player in the clubhouse…he hopes to establish his dominance in the spring... He owns between 225-250 pairs of shoes…began his collection in the 7th grade... His father, Dave, is in his fourth year as head baseball coach at Shoreline (Wash.) Community College…Dave pitched six minor league seasons with the Royals and Mariners systems from 1983-88.
Made 24 starts over three stints with the Rays, and made 7 starts for Triple-A Durham over a six-week assignment there…began the season as the Rays No. 4 starter, was optioned to Durham on May 14 after 8 starts, recalled June 28, optioned Aug 4 and recalled Aug 8…did not miss a start between his second and third stints, as Alex Cobb was placed on the disabled list with turf toe... Enjoyed a strong finish to the season in his third stint with the Rays…in his final 10 starts after the Aug 8 recall, he went 5-1 with a 2.84 ERA (57-IP, 18-ER) and averaged 16.0 pitches per inning…did not allow an earned run in 4 of those 10 starts, and went at least 6 IP in 7 of them… during that span he ranked 6th in the AL in ERA and 4th with a .197 opp avg. …in his first two stints, he went 0-6 with a 4.98 ERA (72.1-IP, 40-ER) and 18.9 pitches per inning in 14 starts... Compiled both the longest winless streak (15 starts, April 6-Aug 10) and unbeaten streak (10 starts, July 29-Sep 20) by a Rays starter in 2017…the 15-start winless streak was the longest by any pitcher to begin a season since MIL Marco Estrada (15) in 2012, and tied Tanyon Sturtze in 2002 for the longest in club history to begin a season…it extended to 16 starts including his final start of 2016, one shy of the club record held by Jason Hammel in 2006-07... Averaged 2.70 BB/9 IP over his last 13 starts beginning July 24, compared to 5.95 BB/9 IP in 11 starts prior to that... Has never allowed a homer to a left-handed hitter in his career (162 BF), and did not allow an extra-base hit to a lefty over his final 9 starts of 2017 (25 BF)…only two other pitchers in the majors have faced as many lefties over the past two seasons without yielding a home run: SF Ty Blach (215 BF) and COL Carlos Estevez (162)…in 2017, Snell held lefties to a .182/.267/.227 (12-for66) line while righties hit .243/.325/.416 (101-for416) with 15 HR... Has never hit a batter in 43 career starts, the longest streak by any starter to begin his career (no relief apps over that stretch) since Baseball Reference data is available (1913)…it is the longest streak by a Rays starter at any point in franchise history, passing James Shields (38) in 2009-10... Became the first AL pitcher ever to make a pair of scoreless starts against the Cubs in the same season…earned no decision on July 5 at CHC when the bullpen yielded 7 runs in a 7-3 loss…on Sep 20 at home, threw 7 IP of 2-hit ball in an 8-1 win over Jon Lester... Went 7 IP in 4 of his last 8 starts, compared to once in 35 career starts prior to that…his first start of 7 IP came on July 24 vs. BAL, his 31st career start…since Baseball Reference data is available (1913), he was the first AL pitcher without a start of at least 7 IP through his first 30 career apps, all as a starter... On Sep 26 at NYY, faced 6 batters in the 2nd inning and did not record an out…his 1 IP was the shortest start by a Ray (excluding injury or weather delay) since Jeff Niemann on Sep 24, 2011 vs. TOR…his last 2 BF were bases-loaded walks to Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge... Made the best start of his career in the Rays season finale on Oct 1 vs. BAL, totaling 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB and 13 SO in a 6-0 victory…the 13 SO were a career high, the most by a Rays pitcher since Chris Archer on June 2, 2015 at LAA (club-record 15) and most by a Rays lefty since David Price on Sep 25, 2012 at BOS (13)…it was only the third time in Rays history a pitcher recorded at least 13 SO without allowing a run, joining Price on Aug 28, 2011 at TOR (14) and James Shields on May 22, 2011 at FLA (13)... Ended the season on a streak of 18 consecutive scoreless innings at Tropicana Field... Threw a combined 173.1 IP between the Rays and Durham, a career high, and matched his career high (2016) with a combined 31 starts… made 7 starts during his six-week stay with Durham, and went 5-0 with a 2.66 ERA (44-IP, 13-ER) and 61 SO (12.48 SO/9 IP).
Named the club's Rookie of the Year by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America…ranked 3rd among AL rookies with 19 starts and 5th with 98 SO…his 3.54 ERA ranked 2nd among AL rookies (min. 10 starts) behind DET Michael Fulmer (3.06)… kept his ERA below 4.00 all season...Between the Rays and Triple-A Durham, combined for a career-high 31 starts and 152 IP…his previous highs were 24 starts in 2014 and 134 IP in 2015...His 9.91 SO/9 IP ratio led AL rookies (min. 10 starts), set a club rookie record and ranked 8th overall in the AL...Yielded only 5 HR in 89 IP with the Rays…his 0.51 HR/9 IP ratio led major league rookies (min. 10 starts), was a club rookie record and ranked 3rd overall behind OAK/LAD Rich Hill (0.33) and LAD Clayton Kershaw (0.48)...Yielded 0 HR and only 2 XBH to left-handed hitters (87 BF)-doubles by LAA Kole Calhoun and BOS David Ortiz...Opponents hit just .043 (2-for-46) with 1 2B and 27 SO in at-bats ending with his curveball…according to PITCHf/x, it was the lowest opp avg. of any pitch in the majors (min. 40 AB ending with the pitch)...Min. 75 IP, his 19.3 pitches per inning were the most in the majors and in club history…his 5.16 BB/9 IP (89-IP, 51-BB) was the highest in the majors and highest by a Ray since Seth McClung (5.94) in 2006…his 1.62 WHIP was the 4th highest in the AL and highest by a Ray since Andy Sonnanstine (1.66) in 2009....Averaged less than 5 IP per start…made 6 starts of less than 4 IP, tied for 2nd most in the majors behind MIN Tyler Duffey (7), and most by a Rays pitcher in a season since Edwin Jackson (7) in 2007…pitched less than 5 innings in 6 of his last 9 starts, including his rain-shortened finale, Sep 28 at CWS (2.2 IP)...Held opponents to 2 ER or fewer in 14 of his 19 starts, including 8 consecutive starts from July 7-Aug 22, the longest such streak by a rookie in club history…passed Matt Moore (7) in 2012...Recalled from Triple-A Durham on April 23 to make a spot start, the third Rays pitcher to make his major league debut at Yankee Stadium (David Price in 2008, Bobby Seay in 2001)-but first as a starter…his line: ND, 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 6 SO…his 6 SO were the most by a visiting pitcher in his debut at Yankee Stadium since BOS Robinson Checo (6) on Sep 16, 1997… twice struck out Alex Rodriguez, who he grew up watching as a young Mariners fan…only run scored on a 1st-inning WP…left with a 2-1 lead but earned no decision in the 3-2 loss...Recalled again June 16 and remained in the majors through the end of the season...Earned his first win on June 27 vs. BOS, his fourth start, snapping the Rays 11-game losing streak with a 13-7 victory…at 23 years, 206 days, became the youngest Rays pitcher to beat the Red Sox since Scott Kazmir did it at 22 years, 160 days on July 3, 2006 (2-hit SHO)...Enjoyed arguably his best start of the season on July 19 at COL after a two-hour rain delay to start the game…over 6 scoreless innings, his only hit allowed was a single by Charlie Blackmon in the 4th…became the second visiting rookie in Coors Field history to pitch 6-plus scoreless innings and allow one hit or fewer, following SD Oliver Perez on July 7, 2002…his 9 SO were a career high (tied on July 31 vs. NYY)...Led major league rookies with 33 SO in July, most ever by a Rays rookie in the month of July…his 2.76 ERA for the month ranked 5th among major league rookies and 2nd among AL rookies (min. 25 IP) behind DET Michael Fulmer (2.67)...Made 4 starts against the Yankees, going 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA (18-IP, 6-ER) and 24 SO...Finished the season with a streak of 11 consecutive scoreless innings…did not allow a run over his final 2 starts, spanning 7.2 IP, the last one shortened by rain. Ê Didn't hit a batter in any of his 19 starts, passing Wade Davis in 2009-10 (16 starts) for the longest streak without a HBP to start a major league career in franchise history...Yielded 9 unearned runs, most of any AL rookie and most by a Rays rookie since Matt Moore in 2012 (10)…unearned runs accounted for 20.5 pct. of his total runs allowed...Faced four former Cy Young Award winners (CLE Corey Kluber, DET Justin Verlander, BOS David Price, HOU Dallas Keuchel) and lost all 4 of those starts…those four opponents recorded a combined 0.87 ERA (31-IP, 3-ER)...For Triple-A Durham, went 3-5 with a 3.29 ERA (63-IP, 23-ER) in 12 starts…at the time of his June 16 recall, his 90 SO led the International League and ranked 2nd in the minors…also led the IL with 12.9 SO/9 IP…in his final start, June 10 at Lehigh Valley (Phillies), recorded a careerhigh 13 SO in 5.2 IP…had a pair of scoreless starts the week prior, earning IL Pitcher of the Week honors for May 30-June 5.
Named Minor League player of the Year by USA Today and Baseball America…he is just the ninth player, fifth pitcher and second Ray to win both awards…Jeremy Hellickson won both in 2010…named Rays Minor League Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season…Was a combined 15-4 with a 1.41 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 25 games, 23 starts with stops at Class-A Charlotte, Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham…over the past 75 years, only three other pitchers have reached his numbers for wins (15), ERA (1.41) and strikeouts (163) in a minor league season: SF Salomon Torres in 1991 (16-6, 1.41, 214-SO), BAL Orlando Peña in 1972 (22-3, 1.25, 187-SO) and STL-AL Ned Garver in 1944 (21-8, 1.21, 221-SO)…His 1.41 ERA led all minor league qualifiers and was the lowest for a full-season pitcher since Justin Verlander's 1.29 in 2005…also led all minor league pitchers in 2015 with a .182 opp avg. and ranked 4th in wins and strikeouts…Across all three levels, he struck out 31.3 pct. of all batters faced…He recorded a scoreless innings streak of 49 innings, including the first 46 innings of 2015… didn't allow a run in 21 IP at Charlotte or in his first 25 IP at Montgomery…according to Baseball America, the longest shutout run in minor league history was 72 IP by Irv "Kaiser" Wilhelm spanning 1907-11…more recently, Brad Thompson logged 57.2 consecutive scoreless frames for Double-A Tennessee (Cardinals) in 2004…Snell's streak ended in the first inning of his 2-1 win over Tennessee on May 23…allowed 3 H, 1 BB and struck out a career-high 12 in the game, including 3 SO against Cubs rookie sensation Kyle Schwarber… During his career he has faced Schwarber 8 times and struck him out 7…Twins rookie standout Miguel Sano was 0-for-5 with 3 SO in 2015, his only experience facing Snell…In his 23 starts, he allowed no runs eight times and one run or fewer 18 times…also had 2 relief innings of 5 and 6 innings in which he didn't allow a run…only once did he allow more than 3 runs: on June 4 at Jacksonville (Marlins) he permitted 4 runs in a 5-1 loss…he allowed one hit or fewer in 5 starts…had a combined onehitter in a 9-0 win Aug 9 vs. Louisville (Reds)…At each stop along the way lowered his BB per 9 IP rate: from 4.7 at Charlotte to 3.8 at Montgomery to 2.6 at Durham…issued 4.91 BB per 9 IP prior to 2015 (157-BB, 288.1-IP)…Went 5-0 in his last 6 starts with a 1.78 ERA…Pitched a perfect inning in the All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park.