Rays-Mariners trade: Meet 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 MLB.com 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.