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57 Jake McGee RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/235 | Birthdate: 8/6/1986 | Birthplace: San Jose, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Tampa Bay | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $506,200 | Owned/Started%: 55/42 | Average Draft Position: 266.48
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Joe Maddon shows preference for Jake McGee


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/21/2014) Rays manager Joe Maddon may not have used Jake McGee, who had recorded each of the team's previous five save opportunities, in a save situation Sunday at Minnesota, but he still showed his preference for the left-hander by having him pitch the eighth inning of a two-run game.

As I mentioned in the Fantasy Baseball Today blog (after Al Melchior pointed it out to me on Monday's show), the heart of the Twins lineup was up in the eighth. From Maddon's perspective, it was the higher-leverage situation.

Now, that doesn't mean Maddon was able to rest easy in the ninth. Grant Balfour put two runners on, forcing him to make a pitching change. But it shows he knows McGee is his best reliever. He just needs to be convinced the ninth inning is the best time to use his best reliever.

Sabermetricians have long argued for managers to use their bullpens this way, and Maddon has always been the forward-thinking type. Whether or not it lasts depends on his blood pressure. Sunday's ninth inning no doubt raised it.

My take is it doesn't really matter. Given McGee's usage over the last couple weeks, Maddon typically considers the ninth inning to be the highest-leverage situation. With his perpherals, McGee will get enough save chances to serve as a No. 2 reliever in mixed leagues.


Jake McGee earns eighth save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Rays pitcher Jake McGee picked up his eighth save Saturday, recording the final two outs of his team's 5-1 win over the Twins.

McGee was brought on up four with two guys on base and one run already home in the ninth inning. He was able to record a flyout before striking out the final batter of the night. McGee owns a 1.47 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 54:9 K:BB ratio in 43 innings.


Time to call Jake McGee the closer?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/15/2014) Judging by his 47 percent ownership rate, which is higher than Chad Qualls' and Hector Rondon's but lower than LaTroy Hawkins' and Santiago Casilla's, we're all at about the same place with Jake McGee. We so desperately want him to close for the Rays and think he's on the verge of it, but we can't fully commit until manager Joe Maddon does.

The latest indicator: He recorded a save with a perfect ninth inning Sunday against the Blue Jays, the last day before the All-Star break, in which he faced two right-handed hitters, including Jose Bautista. He has now gotten each of the Rays' last four save opportunities.

He had a stretch in late June when he looked like he had locked up the role as well only to have Maddon turn to Joel Peralta, Grant Balfour and Brad Boxberger for consecutive save opportunities. This is his longest interrupted streak so far, though, and he's certainly been the most reliable of that group.

Given that the Rays won't be buyers at the trade deadline, McGee's ascension to the closer role appears inevitable. And knowing how high would rank among closers with his 1.52 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings, you'll want to buy into him before it becomes official.


Jake McGee picks up easy save


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Rays reliever Jake McGee tossed a perfect ninth inning Sunday to earn his seventh save in eight chances. McGee struck out two batters, closing out a 3-0 win over Toronto.

Jake McGee activated from paternity list


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Rays activated reliever Jake McGee from the paternity list, reports the Tampa Bay Times. McGee missed two games for the birth of his first child.

Jake McGee heading for paternity leave list


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Rays reliever Jake McGee went to the hospital with his wife after Wednesday's game, for the delivery of their first child. According to the Tampa Bay Times, McGee will be placed on paternity leave Friday, but should be back with the team by Sunday.

Jake McGee makes things interesting, but picks up save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Rays pitcher Jake McGee made things interesting Tuesday, but ultimately nailed down the save against the Royals.

McGee came in to get one out in the eighth inning, and managed to induce a flyout with a 4-1 lead. Things proved more difficult in the ninth. After striking out the first hitter he faced, McGee allowed three straight hits, including a two-run single. With a man on first, he induced a groundout and a strikeout to end the game. 

McGee tossed 1 1/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits. He struck out two and did not walk any hitters. It was McGee's sixth save of the year. 


Who's next in line to close?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/8/2014) The funny thing about the closer role is that while innumerable relievers are capable of filling it, only 30 can at any one time, giving those 30 disproportionate value in Fantasy. And while in shallower leagues, 30 is more than enough to go around, in standard 12-team formats, it's a shortage. As a result, anticipating the next to enter the role is well worth your while.

Among all middle relievers, I believe Jake McGee, Jeurys Familia, Sergio Romo, Joaquin Benoit, Neil Ramirez, Brad Ziegler, Jason Grilli and Rex Brothers have the best chance of stepping into the closer role by the end of the month. To read up on them and their chances, check out my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog.


Jake McGee collects one-out save Sunday night


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Rays reliever Jake McGee struck out Austin Jackson for the final out of the game, securing the save and a 7-3 win over the Tigers Sunday night in Detroit.

McGee has two saves over the past three games. He owns a 1.16 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP over 38 2/3 innings of relief this season.


Jake McGee notches fourth save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Rays pitcher Jake McGee worked his way past a base hit in a scoreless frame for the save Friday night against the Tigers in Detroit.

McGee has converted four saves this season, three of which have come since June 27. He owns a 1.17 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP over 38 1/3 innings.

New pitcher enters Rays closer mix


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/3/2014) Two days after their primary setup man, Joel Peralta, blew a save and one day after their former closer, Grant Balfour, recorded his 11th, the Rays turned to Brad Boxberger in the ninth inning of a three-run game Wednesday.

All this coming off a weekend when Jake McGee appeared to lock up the role.

Frankly, if the Rays prefer not to confine their top lefty to the ninth inning, I'm not sure Boxberger isn't the best choice. He has closer stuff and, after struggling with his control in previous stints in the majors, appears to have harnessed it. In 31 appearances, he has a 2.87 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

What more could you want from a closer?

Of course, McGee's numbers are even better, and Joe Maddon clearly hasn't turned the page from Balfour yet. Juan Carlos Oviedo has gotten a save since the Rays went closer by committee and also has experience in the role. Something tells me that if the Rays haven't settled on any one pitcher yet, Boxberger's save Wednesday doesn't change that.

But you shouldn't dismiss him as just a fringe candidate either. He's a contender to fill the role full-time.


Jake McGee earns third save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Rays pitcher Jake McGee picked up his third save Saturday after pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings to finish off his team's 5-4 win over the Orioles.

McGee struck out two batters and allowed one hit in the appearance, and he has saves on consecutive days for the Rays. Looking like the de facto leader of the closer-by-committee in Tampa, McGee owns a 1.27 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 42:9 K:BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings.


Jake McGee nails down save against Orioles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Rays left-hander Jake McGee might have begun to clear up the muddled mess that is the team's closing situation by shutting down Baltimore on Friday for his second save.

McGee was impressive, striking out Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy along the way.


Jake McGee picks up win Monday vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Rays pitcher Jake McGee earned a win Monday after giving up one hit and one walk in two-thirds of an inning and striking out one in his team's 5-4 victory over the Orioles.

McGee (3-0) was also charged with a blow save after allowing a game-tying infield single, but he was able to escape the top of the eighth inning with the game tied before his offense took the lead for good. He owns a 1.44 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 36:8 K:BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings.


Jake McGee notches first career save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Rays reliever Jake McGee picked up his first career save of the season Sunday afternoon against the Astros in Houston.

McGee relieved David Price in the ninth, striking out one and working his way past a hit in a scoreless frame to secure a 4-3 win. He owns a 1.47 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP in 30 2/3 innings of relief this season.

A look at the Rays closer situation


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/9/2014) Though in the immediate aftermath of Grant Balfour's five-run implosion against the Mariners Sunday, manager Joe Maddon suggested he would stick with the right-hander as his closer, he relented Monday and announced he would go by committee beginning Monday.

His goal is for Balfour to get his confidence back, which means Balfour himself is probably part of that committee. Of course, to win back the job, he'll have to pitch better, and to pitch better, he'll have to stop walking so many batters. Easier said than done.

So even though Balfour appears to be the Rays reliever to own still, you shouldn't ignore the other possibilities in leagues where saves are scarce.

Jake McGee is the most exciting possibility with his 1.59 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 30 appearances, but since he's also the Rays' primary left-hander, they'll probably want to keep using him situationally rather than confine him to the ninth inning. Granted, the Athletics took that approach with Sean Doolittle at first before ultimately deciding it wasn't worth giving away games. My hope is the Rays will come to the same conclusion.

Otherwise, they're looking at Juan Carlos Oviedo or Joel Peralta. Peralta has been a fine setup man for years and has rebounded from a poor start, giving up just two earned runs in his last 14 appearances. Oviedo might be the better bet of the two, though. He spent three seasons as the Marlins closer back when he was known as Leo Nunez.


Three more Rays could get save opportunities


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) With Grant Balfour no longer the Rays' exclusive closer, Juan Carlos Oviedo, Joel Peralta and Jake McGee all could get save opportunities, reports MLB.com. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he wants to get Balfour "some successful moments" so he can rebuild confidence.


Assessing possible Grant Balfour replacements


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/23/2014) Grant Balfour blew his second save Thursday in exactly the way you'd expect. His control problems just aren't going away. With two more walks in that game he's up to 18 in 18 1/3 innings -- an unacceptable rate for any pitcher in any role.

Though the Rays haven't suggested it, they could be on the verge of making a change. Sure, Balfour has an excellent track record and is making more than the Rays are accustomed to paying any reliever, closer or otherwise. But considering they're 20-28 and already in last place, the threat of him costing them games may ultimately win out.

Most Fantasy owners will probably look to Jake McGee as the replacement, and he would certainly be a good fit in the role with a 1.33 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings. But because he throws left-handed, the Rays may not want to confine him to the ninth inning. They've been reluctant to have him close in the past.

So who else? Joel Peralta is the eighth-inning guy and has filled in as closer before, recording six saves in 2011, but he hasn't been especially reliable this year. A dark horse could be Juan Carlos Oviedo, who served as Marlins closer for three seasons under the name Leo Nunez. Making his return from Tommy John surgery this year, he has a 1.84 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 13 appearances.


Jake McGee picks up the win vs. Yankees


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Rays reliever Jake McGee was not at his best, but still managed to come away with the win Friday night against the Yankees.

McGee surrendered one run on two hits and no walks over 1 1/3 innings pitched. The offense rallied for eight runs over the final two innings to secure an 11-5 victory. McGee owns a 1.59 ERA and 0.71 WHIP over 5 2/3 innings pitched.

Jake McGee adds curveball back to repertoire


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Rays reliever Jake McGee said he's going back to throwing a curveball in order to keep hitters from waiting on his high-90s fastball, according to MLB.com.

"I used to use it in the minor leagues when I was a starter," McGee said. "It's more a 12-6 curveball. It'll have a bigger speed difference than my cutter-slider used to.

"I have a lot of confidence in it. I threw it for five years in the minor leagues, and when I got called up in 2010, I started using the cutter-slider. I'll be able to throw the curve for strikes."


Rays might open season with closer-by-committee approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) With Fernando Rodney still on the free-agent market, the Rays are on track to open spring training and potentially the beginning of the season without an anointed closer. Though, the Rays have plenty of options, including Heath BellJoel PeraltaJuan Carlos OviedoJake McGee and Alex Torres.

While the Rays might start the season with a closer-by-committee approach, pitching coach Jim Hickey believes one pitcher should eventually emerge with the closer's role.

"The last couple of seasons, we had the ninth-inning guy, and that's what everyone would prefer. I know I would prefer that," Hickey said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "That will probably end up being the case this year, although it may not be clear for at least a few weeks into the season. Whether it's Heath Bell, Peralta, Jake McGee … Alex Torres might end up being the guy. The thing I'm very comfortable with is that we have four or five guys we trust late in the game when the game is on the line. It's a pretty good situation overall."

Though, it seems to be Hickey believes Bell might be the best candidate for the job.

"The biggest question for me about a ninth-inning guy is can he handle it mentally? Can he handle it intestinally?" Hickey said. "And the fact (Bell) has been there, done that for a number of years answers that, as it did with Fernando. You know he's capable of doing that; he's not going to be afraid of the moment."


Jake McGee picks up first save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2013) Rays reliever Jake McGee picked up his first major-league save Thursday against the Twins. 

McGee was thrown into the fire, protecting a one-run lead. He rose to the occasion, striking out two hitters. McGee did not allow a hit or a walk in the appearance. He has a 4.46 ERA.


Jake McGee on fire after ugly start


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/20/2013) On May 10, Rays reliever Jake McGee had a 10.38 ERA. In 17 appearances since, McGee has allowed one run over 15 1/3 innings with a 0.59 ERA, 0.59 WHIP and 19 strikeouts. 

With Fernando Rodney not wholly clear of his 2013 funk (he has a 5.14 ERA in June but has managed to avoid blowing any saves this month), McGee makes for an intriguing darkhorse saves candidate. Joel Peralta seems like the obvious choice to take over in case anything happens, but McGee has been as dominant as any pitcher in baseball recently, and has the makeup to close. 

A former top-15 prospect, McGee makes for a decent roster addition in 14-team Roto leagues and deeper. Even if he never closes a game this season, he can help keep ERA and WHIP low while striking out a handful of batters per week. 


Jake McGee 'good to go' Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2013) Rays reliever Jake McGee says he's "good to go" after leaving Thursday's game after he was hit by a ground ball, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

McGee has hit in the shin on a comebacker from Miguel Cabrera, but believes he can pitch Friday. "I don't see why not," McGee told reporters. He said he felt some discomfort after he was hit Thursday, but said he "didn't want to risk it. Just in case."


Jake McGee leaves game with injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2013) Rays reliever Jake McGee left Thursday's game against the Tigers after a come-backer hit him in the shin.

McGee was hit by a Miguel Cabrera grounder in the bottom of the seventh inning. He was replaced by Jamey Wright. Before exiting, McGee had struck out two in an inning.