The Rays are acquiring Curtis Taylor, who was the 14th best prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks farm system, which is considered one of the weaker farm systems in the league, per MLB.com.
To land the young arm, the Tampa Bay Rays shipped reliever Brad Boxberger to the west coast, which was announced by the Arizona Diamondbacks themselves.
More on the newly-acquired prospect, he is a tall (6’6″) 22-year old right-handed pitcher that just completed his second season in the minors and first in Low-Single A ball.
He had a good sophomore campaign by posting a 3.22 ERA in 13 games (started all). He threw 62.1 innings, struck out 68 batters, and only gave up four homers to the opposition.
Now, the development of the tall right-hander has looked good, but I do think if he makes a full transition to the bullpen, he can find himself flying thru the minors and into the big leagues soon.
In addition to the prospect, his arsenal and arm action would excel in the bullpen as he throws a fastball in the mid 90’s with substantial sink and a slider that touches the high 80’s that is nasty. Curtis also has a below-average changeup that needs more work, but the Rays are very good at developing their pitcher’s changeup.
Also, the kid throws tons of strikes that results in missed bats and that heavy sinker generates a high amount of grounders for outs. He had a 43.6 percent ground-ball rate.
Finally, expect Curtis Taylor to start next year at High-Single A (Port Charlotte Stone Crabs) after having two successful minor league campaigns.
Note: Taylor was drafted in the 2016 MLB Draft in the 4th round (119th overall) and he was the highest-drafted player from the University of British Columbia since former first-rounder Jeff Francis.