Rays Prospect Acquired in Snell Trade Close To Rejoining Team


Rays pitcher Luis Patino made a minor league rehab start on Tuesday for Triple-A Durham

The outing was nothing to write home about, pitching four innings, allowing three hits with two runs and three strikeouts. 

Patino will continue to build up his stamina and pitch count as he works towards a left oblique strain recovery. Rays hope he can rejoin the team's pitching staff in late June or early July.

The twenty-two year old has struggled in his young MLB career thus far, posting a 4.53 ERA, 1.40 WHIP with 95 strikeouts in 95 innings.

Luis Patino was acquired from the Padres in the deal that saw Blake Snell traded. At the time of the trade, Patino was the Padres' No. 3 prospect and the No. 23 in baseball overall. The right-handed pitcher has elite stuff, with a high 90's fastball, an elite slider and a developing changeup.

The Rays' have a knack for successfully developing players so it will be interesting to see what they can do with Patino.

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