Rays Sign Cory Wade To Minor League Deal | The Process Report

Rays Sign Cory Wade To Minor League Deal

The Rays have agreed to a minor-league contract with reliever Cory Wade. He spent the last two seasons with the Yankees before joining the Cubs this off-season. He was released by Chicago last week. The 29-year-old gives the Durham Bulls a quality arm following the promotion of Josh Lueke.

Originally signed by the Rays as a minor-league free agent in November of 2010, Wade was released by Tampa Bay prior to his opt-out date without throwing a pitch at the major-league level. He quickly latched on with the Yankees, providing New York with mixed results over the next two seasons. In 79 appearances, he struck out 68 batters and issued just 15 unintentional walks. Meanwhile, he allowed 13 home runs. He made 10 appearances for the Cubs Triple-A affiliate and had similar issues.

Not long ago, Wade was a Process Report favorite. Lacking a plus fastball, he demonstrated the ability to get outs at the highest level with a pair of solid secondary offerings and a feel for pitching. Looking at him now not much has changed since he previously signed with the Rays.

Wade still throws an upper-80s a fastball that he uses around 50 percent of the time. He backs that up with a changeup and a breaking ball. As a right-handed pitcher he uses the off-speed pitch to fend off left-handed batters. He generates a fair amount of empty swings with the pitch, but gets in trouble when it does not dive below the strike zone. Seven of the 13 home runs he has allowed since 2011 have come on changeups in the zone.

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The curveball remains the best pitch in Wade’s arsenal. The breaking ball lives in the mid-70s and is used primarily against right-handed batters. Located glove-side and down, righties have whiffed on a quarter of the swings against the hook over the past two seasons.

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When it comes to batted balls, Wade is relatively neutral. In regards to the home runs, pitchers with similar issues have not scared off the Rays in the past.

Much like his first go-round with the franchise, there is a chance Wade never pitches for the home team at Tropicana Field. Even if he does not, he will always have a place in Rays’ history as the pitcher who served up Dan Johnson‘s game-tying home run in game 162 of the 2011 season.

Data and visuals courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info.



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