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The Rays are known for being loaded with pitching prospects and have been able to make the playoffs and succeed despite a below-average lineup due to strong starting pitching and the magic of Manager Joe Maddon.
The Rays rotation has several nice fantasy options and can be targeted in fantasy drafts despite playing in the offensively stacked AL East. Last season, the Rays starting rotation ranked in the top 10 in the Major Leagues in ERA, wins, and batting average against. The Rays pitching options tend to be young which comes with some occasional inconsistency, but they have big-time upside and can be worth a gamble as you build your rotation.
At times last season, the Rays rotation got rolling and they looked unbeatable, but they also struggled at times and weren’t able to chase down Boston for the AL East crown. The Rays didn’t make any offseason additions or subtractions from their rotation, so let’s look at who’s projected to be in their rotation, how they fared last season, and what we can expect in 2014: