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Tampa Bay Rays Sign Jonah Bayliss

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Jonah Bayliss has spent time in the majors with the Pirates and Royals. He’s bounced around organizations the past few seasons; seeing action with the Triple-A squads of the Jays, Pirates, and most recently the Astros.

In those 64 big league innings, he’s managed a modest strikeout rate (more than 7.5 per nine) but had issues with walks (4.64 per nine) and home runs (1.55 per nine). It’s not that an abnormal amount of flyballs have turned into home runs, but rather, Bayliss gives up a ton of flyballs (27.4% groundball rate). The homer bug tends to go away – or at least, sort of goes away – when Bayliss spends time in the minors. His big league fastball sat around 90-92, while some scouting reports suggest he can touch 95 or so. He also throws a slider and a change.

Bayliss has managed fair results in the minors since 2008; posting FIP of 4.05 and 4.51 in about 70 innings over two separate stints in 2008; a 4.02 FIP in 50 2009 innings; and 3.78 in 2010 through 65 innings. There used to be some thought that Bayliss could be an average middle reliever in the majors. That’s not an attractive upside, but Bayliss should be a positive contributor at the Triple-A level, with an outside shot at throwing some pitches for the big league team.



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