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Jake McGee | Relief Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Jake McGee underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow last Friday and is expected to begin the 2015 season on the disabled list.
Ouch. McGee had a loose body removed from the elbow and the Rays won't have a clear timetable on his return until the spring. It's too bad, as the 28-year-old is coming off an excellent season where he posted a 1.89 ERA with 19 saves and a 90/16 K/BB ratio over 71 1/3 innings. The Rays figure to give Ernesto Frieri a shot at the closer role to begin 2015, but Brad Boxberger and Kevin Jepsen could also be in the mix. Dec 16 - 2:40 PM

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Rays manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday that he's planning to use a closer-by-committee approach in 2015.

"I kind of like the closer-less bullpen, where you really can match up," Maddon told reporters. "We’ve done it where the eighth inning requires this skill set and the ninth inning may require this skill set, and you have several guys who don’t mind the pressure of those last three outs." Jake McGee has struggled down the stretch this season, blowing three saves in September, but he still owns a shiny 1.92 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 87/16 K/BB ratio in 70 1/3 total frames. The left-hander will likely be the guy to draft from the Tampa Bay bullpen next spring no matter what the "plan" is.
Sep 25 - 10:02 AM

Jake McGee blew his fourth save of the season on Sunday but the Rays rallied to beat the Blue Jays.

McGee was asked to protect a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth and had the Jays down to their last strike, but John Mayberry tied the game suddenly with a solo home run to left field. The Rays retook the lead in the top of the 10th and Jeff Beliveau picked up his first career save in the bottom of that frame. McGee has blown three saves this month, but he still has a cool 1.82 ERA and 0.88 WHIP on the season.
Sep 14 - 4:55 PM

Jake McGee blew his third save of the season against the Yankees on Thursday, giving up a walk-off three-run home run to Chris Young.

It's only the fourth time in 69 appearances this season that McGee had yielded more than one run. With a 4-2 lead, Cobb hit Chase Headley in the jaw to lead off the inning, then gave up a double to Ichiro Suzuki to put the tying run in scoring position. After Zelous Wheeler struck out, Chris Young parked a three-run home run to left field, handing the Rays a staggering walk-off loss, as Alex Cobb was four outs from a no-hitter earlier in the game. McGee's ERA jumps up to 1.74 with the performance and he's now 17-for-20 in save situations.
Sep 11 - 10:30 PM

Jake McGee retired the Yankees in order in the ninth inning, earning his 17th save as the Rays won 4-3 on Tuesday.

McGee has faced the minimum in four out of his last six outings, continuing what has been a fantastic season. He's 17-for-19 in save chances with a 1.34 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and an 83/14 K/BB ratio.
Sep 9 - 10:49 PM

Jake McGee picked up his sixteenth save of the year on Friday.

McGee entered the contest with the Rays up 3-0. He did not allow a hit or walk a batter while striking out the side. McGee has given the Rays stability at closer that they lacked with the volatile Grant Balfour taking the mound in the ninth. McGee is now 16-for-17 in save opportunities and is posting a 1.25 ERA and 0.85 WHIP.
Sep 6 - 2:00 AM

Jake McGee pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, earning his 15th save as the Rays emerged victorious over the Orioles on Wednesday.

McGee had a two-run lead to work with but the Orioles didn't mount any kind of a threat. The lefty recorded a strikeout in the process. He's now 15-for-16 in save opportunities with a 1.31 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP, and an 80/13 K/BB ratio.
Aug 27 - 10:03 PM

Jake McGee worked a perfect ninth inning to pick up his 13th save of the season in Thursday's win against the Rangers.

McGee needed 18 pitches, but was able to retire the Rangers in 1-2-3 fashion to preserve the Rays' three-run lead. The lefty has had a fantastic season, notching saves in 13 of 14 chances with a 1.31 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 72/12 K/BB ratio.
Aug 14 - 11:20 PM

Jake McGee (calf) is available to pitch Monday.

McGee was unavailable Sunday after suffering a bruise on his right calf Saturday, but he's good to go. The 28-year-old has been absolutely dominant this season, posting a 1.38 ERA, 12 saves, and a 70/11 K/BB ratio over 52 innings.
Aug 11 - 5:32 PM

Jake McGee tallied his 11th save of 2014 as the Rays defeated the Red Sox 3-0 on Saturday.

McGee pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced. The 27-year-old left-hander owns a superb 1.53 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 61/10 K/BB ratio in 47 innings of relief this season and he is now running away with Tampa Bay's closer gig.
Jul 26 - 10:39 PM

Jake McGee managed to convert his 10th save of the season Friday despite giving up one run on two hits against the Red Sox.

McGee retired Shane Victorino to begin the ninth inning, but then allowed an infield single to Xander Bogaerts and a double to Jackie Bradley, Jr. before David Ross delivered a sacrifice fly. However, he struck out Brock Holt to end the threat and lock down the victory. McGee has seven saves this month and continues to be the pitcher to own in this bullpen in fantasy leagues, even if Rays manager Joe Maddon doesn't commit to a specific closer.
Jul 25 - 10:55 PM

Jake McGee struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save Wednesday against the Cardinals.

The Rays don't want to use McGee as a full-time closer, but it just hasn't worked out very well when they've gone other routes lately. Manager Joe Maddon didn't fool around tonight, using his second best reliever, Brad Boxberger, in the eighth and then his best in the ninth to secure a 3-0 victory.
Jul 24 - 12:54 AM

Jake McGee struck out two in a scoreless inning of work, earning his seventh save of the season against the Blue Jays on Sunday.

It wasn't an entirely stress-free inning, as McGee entered with a runner on first base after David Price exited, but McGee set the Jays down in order for his seventh save. McGee now owns a 1.52 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 50/9 K/BB ratio in 41 1/3 innings, and he heads into the second half with a pretty strong hold on the Rays' closer job.
Jul 13 - 4:45 PM

Rays activated LHP Jake McGee from the paternity leave list.

McGee has been away since Friday following the birth of his daughter. He'll resume his role as the Rays' primary closing option.
Jul 13 - 11:05 AM

Rays placed LHP Jake McGee on the paternity leave list.

Jake McGee and wife, Morgan McNally, welcomed their daughter, Rowen Beth, on Thursday. He's expected back on Sunday.
Jul 11 - 3:27 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3Justin O'Conner
4Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
3Ryan Brett
4Eugenio Velez
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Nick Franklin
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Corey Brown
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Matt Moore
3Chris Archer
4Jake Odorizzi
5Drew Smyly
6Alex Colome
7Nate Karns
8Matt Andriese
9Grayson Garvin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Ernesto Frieri
3Brad Boxberger
4Grant Balfour
5Kevin Jepsen
6Kirby Yates
7Jeff Beliveau
8Steve Geltz
9Jose Dominguez
10C.J. Riefenhauser
11Brandon Gomes