Affiliate: Princeton Rays
League: Appalachian League
Born: 06/17/1999 (Age: 23)
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 1st Rd. (#12 overall) 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft (PIT); Traded to TBR (as PTBNL) 8/14/2018
Baz was a surprising PTBNL in the Chris Archer trade last season, coming to the Rays along with Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows. Acquiring Baz gave the Rays another high-ceiling arm to their enviable crop of teenage pitching prospects low in the system.
Baz’ fastball touches 97 mph and sits comfortably in the mid-90s with above-average life. He has plus feel for spin, able to flash two bat-missing breaking balls in his slider (86-to-89 mph) and curve (82-to-85 mph). Though he’ll need to improve his changeup, it shows enough promise to project as average with more development. Baz has the tools to develop into an impact #2 or #3 rotation piece, a ceiling that has him in our Top 125 mix heading into 2019.