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Prospects On Deck: RHP Jacob Faria – Rays

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(Photo Credit: Paul R. Gierhart/MiLB.com)

The Charlotte Stone Crabs right-handed starter Jacob Faria has been nearly lights out on the mound this season, winning nine of his ten outings, with a 1.17 ERA and 54 strike outs in 61.1 innings.

The 2015 season has been by far the best he has pitched in his brief minor league career. Faria is just four years removed from pitching at Gahr High School in Cerritos, CA and after spending three seasons in the Rays Gulf Coast League, he made his jump to Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods of the Midwest League in 2014.

There he was 7-9, with a 3.46 ERA in 23 starts and struck out 107 batters in 119.2 innings.

But this season has taken on a whole new journey for the 21-year old California native, as he has stands out as one of the best pitchers in the Florida State League.

I caught up with Faria and asked him what he feels is the difference this year with the 2014 season, “For me it’s been a big confidence thing. I worked really hard this off season to get my delivery down and now it helps me to know that when I go out every game, I know what my body is doing and it makes it a lot easier to focus and just go out and pitch.”

The adjustments he has made, have truly put him in a better position and his hard work is proving to have paid off.

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Faria has started all but one game this season and even in relief he has found a way to make his presence known. On April 28th, he was brought into the game to relieve starter Jake McGee, who was on a rehab assignment with the Stone Crabs and threw just one inning. Faria then took over and tossed 5.2 innings, allowing one run on seven hits to earn his fourth straight victory at the time.

The only blemish on his year, was a 9-1 loss to the Jupiter hammerheads, where he tossed four innings, allowing four runs (three earned), on six hits, walking two and striking out three.

But he bounced back and for the rest of the month of May he was dominate, posting a 4-0 record, allowing just two runs on 15 hits, walking 10, and striking out 24 in 26.2 innings.

Now with the calendar changing to June, Faria has not let up, as he tossed eight scoreless innings on Monday, allowing just three hits, with a walk and eight strikeouts, and lowered his season ERA to 1.17.

Just a remarkable young arm that has the upside to get even better.

The 2015 season has seen a number of young prospects fly through their teams minor league system and jump all the way the bigs.  There is no question that Faria is on his way and even though he most likely won’t be pitching in the majors this season, his continued development will take him to the next level soon enough.

A great young arm just coming into his own.

(Featured Photo Credit: Paul R. Gierhart/MiLB.com)

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David Conde

David Conde

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