Shane Baz
Tampa Bay Rays – No. 11
Pitcher
Born: (1999-06-17) June 17, 1999 (age 22)
Cypress, Texas
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 20, 2021, for the Tampa Bay Rays
MLB statistics
(through 2021 season)
Win–loss record2–0
Earned run average2.03
Strikeouts18
Teams
Medals

Shane Austin Baz (born June 17, 1999) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2021.

Early life

Baz was born to Lebanese father Raj and American mother Tammy. His father was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and played soccer in his native country before moving to the United States at the age of 15.[1]

Amateur career

Baz attended Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball, Texas.[2] As a junior, he had a 1.06 earned run average (ERA) with 46 strikeouts over 23 innings.[3] Baz was a member of the United States national team in 2016.[4] Baz committed to Texas Christian University (TCU) to play college baseball.[5][6] Considered one of the top prospects for the 2017 Major League Baseball draft,[7][8] the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him with the 12th overall pick.[9][10] He officially signed with the Pirates a few days after the draft.[11]

Professional career

Pittsburgh Pirates

Baz spent 2017 with the Gulf Coast League Pirates, posting an 0–3 record with a 3.80 ERA in 23+23 innings pitched.[12] MLB.com ranked Baz as Pittsburgh's third best prospect going into the 2018 season.[13] He pitched for the Bristol Pirates of the Rookie-level Appalachian League.[14]

Tampa Bay Rays

On August 14, 2018, Baz was acquired by the Tampa Bay Rays as a player to be named later from an earlier trade in which the Pirates also sent Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows to the Rays for Chris Archer.[15] The Rays assigned him to the Princeton Rays of the Appalachian League.[16] Over 12 starts between Bristol and Princeton, Baz went 4–5 with a 4.47 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.[17] Baz began the 2019 season in extended spring training before reporting to the Bowling Green Hot Rods in early May.[18] Over 17 starts with Bowling Green, Baz went 3–2 with a 2.99 ERA, striking out 87 batters over 81+13 innings.[19] He was selected to play in the Arizona Fall League for the Salt River Rafters following the season.[20] In June 2021, Baz was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game.[21]

Baz was promoted to the major leagues on September 20, 2021, to make his debut that same night at Tropicana Field.[22] He started against the Toronto Blue Jays and threw five innings in which he gave up two earned runs on two hits (both were home runs) while striking out five.[23] He made his post-season starting debut in the second game of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox on October 8, 2021.[24]

International career

On July 2, 2021, Baz was named to the roster for the United States national baseball team for the 2020 Summer Olympics, held in 2021 in Tokyo.[25] The team won the silver medal, losing to Japan in the gold-medal game.[26]

See also

References

  1. ^ Waldon, Emily. "Colorful Rays pitching prospect Shane Baz expanding his arsenal, making scouts drool". The Athletic. Retrieved February 20, 2022.
  2. ^ "Next in Line: Baz is latest high school fireballer".
  3. ^ "PressReader.com – Digital Newspaper & Magazine Subscriptions". www.pressreader.com.
  4. ^ "USABaseball.com: News: USA Baseball Announces 18U National Team Roster".
  5. ^ Adam Coleman (November 9, 2016). "Concordia Lutheran's Shane Baz celebrates signing, mom's health". Chron.com. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  6. ^ "Two-Way Talent Baz Looks To Baker For Inspiration - BaseballAmerica.com".
  7. ^ "MLB.com 2017 Prospect Watch". M.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  8. ^ Angel Verdejo (May 10, 2017). "With scouts watching and MLB Draft looming, Shane Baz leads Concordia Lutheran to state". Chron.com. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  9. ^ "Pirates draft prep pitcher Shane Baz at No. 12". M.pirates.mlb.com. June 12, 2017. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  10. ^ "Pirates reportedly agree to terms with first-round pick Shane Baz". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  11. ^ "Pirates sign first-round draft pick Shane Baz". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  12. ^ "Shane Baz Stats, Highlights, Bio – MiLB.com Stats – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  13. ^ "New No. 1 Keller leads Pirates Top 30 Prospects list". MLB.com. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  14. ^ Dykstra, Sam (August 13, 2018). "Pittsburgh Pirates' Shane Baz leads Minor League Pitchers of the Week". MiLB.com. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  15. ^ Topkin, Marc. "Rays get RHP Shane Baz as player to be named from Pirates in Chris Archer deal". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  16. ^ "Tampa Bay Rays acquire prospect Shane Baz from Pittsburgh Pirates to complete Chris Archer deal". Espn.com. August 14, 2018. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  17. ^ "Shane Baz Stats, Highlights, Bio – MiLB.com Stats – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  18. ^ RotoWire Staff (May 8, 2019). "Rays' Shane Baz: Reports to Low-A". CBSSports.com. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  19. ^ "Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, Pirates News, Live Coverage". DK Pittsburgh Sports. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  20. ^ "2019 Arizona Fall League rosters". Mlb.com. August 28, 2019. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  21. ^ "2021 Futures Game rosters". Mlb.com. June 30, 2021. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  22. ^ "Rays' No. 1 prospect Baz set to debut Monday". MLB.com.
  23. ^ "Rays pitching prospect Shane Baz shines in MLB debut vs. Blue Jays".
  24. ^ "Stuff trumps experience as Rays turn to Baz". www.mlb.com. October 8, 2021. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  25. ^ "USA Baseball announces Olympics roster". MLB.com. July 2, 2021. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  26. ^ "Baseball/Softball – United States vs Japan – Gold Medal Game Results". olympics.com. August 7, 2021. Retrieved August 8, 2021.