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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%: 6/4 | Average Draft Position: 276.32
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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. 


Jake McGee unavailable Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2013) Rays manager Joe Maddon indicated that relief pitcher Jake McGee is unavailable for Friday's game against the Indians. McGee has thrown just one pitch in a game situation over the past four days, inducing a ground ball against the Marlins on Thursday to record an out and earn his 10th hold.

The Rays will hope for a long outing from Friday starter Matt Moore, as closer Fernando Rodney and set-up man Joel Peralta are also unavailable.


Manager Joe Maddon backing 'unlucky' Jake McGee


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2013) Rays manager Joe Maddon is taking a patient approach with reliever Jake McGee, who hasn't had an ERA lower than 8.44 this season. McGee also has three blown saves in 2013 and has a 22.09 ERA in his first five May outings.

"The thing about Jake right now, he's been one of the more unlucky pitchers that I've had in a while as a bullpen guy," Maddon said, per MLB.com. "The one pitch I'd like to see him have back was the home run to [Toronto's Colby] Rasmus [on Tuesday]. That was just a nothing cutter. But for the most part, he's had a lot of bad luck balls that have fallen into play. What Jake needs now is support, from me and from us. Jake McGee is one of the best left-handed relievers in the American League, maybe in all of baseball now. His confidence is down. He's been shaken a bit. But that's not when you pile on. That's when you help and support."


Jake McGee settles into groove


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2013) Rays reliever Jake McGee has bounced back nicely since a disastrous season debut April 2. McGee has made five straight scoreless appearances, including Monday's outing against the Red Sox, since allowing five runs in 2/3 inning against the Orioles in early April.

McGee struck out two in a scoreless inning Monday. He's allowed one hit and two walks in his last 4 1/3 innings, while striking out five. Since April 2, he's lowered his ERA from 67.50 to 9.00


Rays to give Fernando Rodney rest after busy WBC


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2013) Rays closer Fernando Rodney pitched in all eight Dominican Republic games in the World Baseball Classic and, as a result, will be given five to six days off to rest, manager Joe Maddon told the Tampa Tribune.

Maddon also added that the team will have to monitor Rodney's workload this season. "So, do we keep more of an eye on him or do you just parcel out his work a little bit more in the beginning? I don't know," Maddon said. "Does it really benefit him during the course of the year somehow? Does it get us off to a better start? I don't know. But I think long range, by the end of the season, you almost have to count these appearances to the total number, so you have to really watch August and September."

Save speculators in deeper fantasy leagues should consider rostering setup men Joel Peralta and Jake McGee, as both could be in line for save chances throughout the year should Maddon decide to limit Rodney's innings in any way.


McGee on ridiculous strikeout streak


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/13/2012) Rays reliever Jake McGee has been a strikeout beast lately. After striking out the side in Thursday's game against the Orioles, McGee has now registered six straight strikeouts over two games. In his last four appearances, McGee has struck out 11 batters in 4 1/3 innings.