Rays acquire Shane Baz to complete trade with Pirates

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Shane Baz (pronounced BOZ) as the player to be named to complete the July 31 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

August 14th, 2018

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Shane Baz (pronounced BOZ) as the player to be named to complete the July 31 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Baz, 19, will join Rookie-level Princeton. He went 4-3 with a 3.97 ERA (45.1-IP, 20-ER) and 54 strikeouts in 10 starts this season with Rookie-level Bristol, and ranks among Appalachian League leaders in ERA (seventh), strikeouts (third), innings pitched (fifth) and opponents' batting avg. (.250, fourth). Over his last four starts, he was 2-1 with a 2.04 ERA (17.2-IP, 4-ER) and 25 strikeouts. He was named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week for August 6-12, his first career weekly honor, making a pair of scoreless starts spanning 9.2 innings.

Baz was selected by the Pirates in the first round (12th overall) of the 2017 June Draft out of Concordia Lutheran (Texas) High School and is ranked by MLB.com as the No. 95 overall prospect in the minor leagues. He was ranked by both Baseball America and MLB.com as the No. 4 prospect in the Pirates organization. In his first professional season, he went 0-3 with a 3.80 ERA (23.2-IP, 10-ER) in 10 starts for the GCL Pirates. Following the season, he was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect in the Gulf Coast League. He committed to Texas Christian University before signing with the Pirates. 

On July 31, the Rays traded right-handed pitcher Chris Archer to the Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow, outfielder Austin Meadows and a player to be named. Glasnow has pitched to a 2.25 ERA (12-IP, 3-ER) in three starts with the Rays, and leads the majors with a 15.00 strikeouts per nine innings ratio in August (min. 10 IP). Meadows is batting .333/.372/.718 (13-for-39) with six doubles, three home runs and eight RBI in 11 games for Triple-A Durham.