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Rays-Mariners trade: Meet Ryan Yarbrough

Ryan Yarbrough

Ryan Yarbrough



Here's a breakdown on left-handed starter Ryan Yarbrough, acquired from Seattle along with outfielder Mallex Smith and shortstop Carlos Vargas in exchange for pitcher Drew Smyly:

The 25-year-old lefty was the Southern League Pitcher of the Year after going 12-4 with a 2.95 in 25 starts last season at Double A Jackson.

Rays GM Erik Neander said Yarbrough is not far away from reaching the big league level, though he will likely spend 2017 at Triple A Durham. Neander said Yarbrough has a good fastball and changeup and a "very usable breaking ball."

With a fastball in the low-90s, both Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis of project Yarbrough as a mid-rotation starter or a strong left-hander out of the bullpen.

A Lakeland native, Yarbrough was drafted in the fourth round in 2014 by the Mariners.


[Last modified: Thursday, January 12, 2017 12:35pm]


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