Christopher Taylor Guerrieri ... Attended Spring Valley High School in Columbia, SC ... In his senior year, went 6-1 with a 1.10 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 51 innings ... Named to the 2011 third-team Preseason Baseball America All-American Team ... His father, Chris, was a placekicker at Alfred University (NY) and led Division II kickers in points per game in 1970...His mother, Cindy, played tennis at the College of Charleston.
Was assigned to Triple-A Durham to begin the season ... Made his AAA debut on April 8 at Gwinnett, earning the win while striking out seven batters over 5.2 innings ... Threw just 3.2 innings in his next start on April 13 vs. Charlotte (2H, 0R, 1BB, 5K) before leaving with a strained right elbow ... Did not play the rest of the year due to issues with his right elbow.
Spent the entire season with Double-A Montgomery, finishing 12-6 with a 3.76 ERA (146-IP, 61) in 28 apps (26 starts)...Established career highs in starts, innings and strikeouts (89) for the second consecutive season…previous highs were 18 starts, 78 IP and 72 SO in 2015…his 12 wins doubled his previous career high (6, 2013)...Tied Yonny Chirinos for the most wins among Rays minor leaguers…tied for the Southern League lead with two others...Also ranked among SL leaders in starts (tied for 4th), innings (3rd) and opp avg. (.239, 4th)...His 3.76 ERA was the highest of his career…entered 2016 with a 1.61 ERA in 206.1 IP through his first four minor league seasons…yielded 11 HR, compared to 7 HR in 2012-15...Had a 2.10 ERA (30-IP, 7-ER) over his last 6 starts, from the beginning of August through the end of the season...Recorded his first professional save on Aug 11 vs. Mobile (Diamondbacks)…followed Chase Whitley's rehab start with 4 scoreless innings..Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 17 prospect in the Rays organization following the season.
Advanced to Double-A Montgomery in July, two years after undergoing Tommy John surgery...combined for a career-high 20 apps, 18 starts and 78 IP for Class-A Charlotte and Montgomery, compiling a 1.85 ERA (78-IP, 16-ER)…Crafted a 1.12 ERA (72.1-IP, 9-ER) as a starter...only once in his 18 starts did he allow more than 1 ER: in his Double-A debut on July 28 vs. Tennessee (Cubs)...yielded 6 ER in 5.2 IP in his 2 relief apps for Charlotte…Combined for a 2.7 groundball-to-flyball ratio between his two stops…Yielded only 2 HR, and none in 42 IP for Charlotte…Did not allow an ER in 5 of his last 7 starts for Montgomery, including each of his last 3…Enters the 2016 season rated the No. 7 prospect (and No. 3 pitching prospect) in the Rays system by Baseball America...ranked by ESPN's Keith Law as the Rays No. 2 prospect, behind Blake Snell, and the No. 35 prospect in baseball.