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Alex Colome | Relief Pitcher | #37

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/31/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / UDFA / TB
Contract: view contract details

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Alex Colome got the final two outs against the Orioles on Tuesday to earn his fifth save.
After Xavier Cedeno started the inning to face, and retire, Chris Davis, Colome entered and put away Mark Trumbo and J.J. Hardy to end the game. He's been stellar as the Rays' fill-in closer in Brad Boxberger's absence, posting a 1.08 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 9/2 K/BB ratio over 8 1/3 innings. The job may still be Boxberger's to lose when healthy, but it will be awfully hard for manager Kevin Cash to make that call if Colome is still pitching this well in a few weeks. Apr 26 - 10:07 PM

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Alex Colome retired the only batter he faced to record his fourth save of the season in Monday's win over the Orioles.

The Rays used three pitchers to get three outs in the ninth inning, as Erasmo Ramirez started the inning after finishing the eighth. He then gave way to Xavier Cedeno, who passed the baton to Colome. Colome has yielded just one run over 7 2/3 frames this season while converting all four of his save opportunities.
Apr 25 - 10:48 PM

Alex Colome converted his second save of the season with a clean 10th inning in Tuesday's win over the Red Sox.

It was a painless endeavor for Colome in picking up the save, as he got David Ortiz on a groundout sandwiched around strikeouts of Xander Bogaerts and Hanley Ramirez. Colome has notched two saves in the last three days and has struck out eight over 6 2/3 innings this season. He should remain in the closer role until Brad Boxberger returns next month.
Apr 19 - 11:44 PM

Alex Colome picked up a win with two scoreless relief innings in Tuesday's victory over the Blue Jays.

Colome pitched a scoreless top of the eighth and then remained in the game after the Rays scored twice in the bottom of the frame to take the lead. He closed the game out, but it wasn't without controversy. The Jays appeared to take the lead when Logan Forsythe's wild throw led to two runs scoring, but it was ruled that Jose Bautista interfered at second base, wiping the runs off the board and ending the game. Colome should receive the bulk of the save chances for the Rays while Brad Boxberger (core surgery) is on the shelf.
Apr 5 - 10:47 PM

Alex Colome surrendered two runs in an inning Thursday against the Pirates.

Better now than in the opener. The Rays aren't expected to name a closer in Brad Boxberger's absence, but Colome figures to get the first shot at the job. He's allowed three runs and posted a 6/2 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings this spring.
Mar 31 - 5:02 PM

Alex Colome pitched a perfect inning Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Colome was making his first appearance since a shaky outing in Cuba. He's allowed one run and one hit over 5 1/3 innings in his official appearances this spring (the run he gave up against the Cuban National Team doesn't factor in there). He should be right in the thick of the mix for saves once the season starts.
Mar 27 - 4:57 PM

Called on to close out a 4-0 game, Alex Colome gave up a homer and a double before finishing off the Cuban National Team on Thursday.

Colome struck out two. He and Danny Farquhar appears to be the Rays' primary options to close games in Brad Boxberger's absence. Colome is likely to be the better reliever of the two, but Farquhar has more experience, both in the majors and in closing games. It's hard to tell which way Kevin Cash will go.
Mar 22 - 5:43 PM

Danny Farquhar and Alex Colome combined to pitched three scoreless innings Friday against the Red Sox.

Farquhar retired five of the six hitters he faced, and Colome got four out of five. Both have been effective this spring, with Farquhar allowing one run in 6 2/3 innings and Colome giving up one run in 4 1/3. They'll likely be manager Kevin Cash's top two options to close while Brad Boxberger is out.
Mar 18 - 4:14 PM

Alex Colome will make his spring debut on Wednesday.

No injury or anything of that nature at work here. The Rays have held him out to this point due to a combination of his 2015 workload (he tossed 109 2/3 innings last season after throwing just 23 2/3 in 2014) and their usage plans for the coming campaign. With the Rays earlier trade of Jake McGee this offseason, Colome figures to be in play as an eighth-inning option (LHP Xavier Cedeno is also in that mix). He started 13 games last season before being shifted to the pen, which explains the innings logged on the arm.
Mar 8 - 12:09 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times considers Alex Colome the favorite to pitch the eighth inning now that the Rays have traded Jake McGee.

Colome was a starter at the beginning of last year but was more successful after the Rays moved him to the bullpen. Xavier Cedeno is also a candidate to pitch the eighth inning, though he might be better utilized as a left-handed specialist. Closer Brad Boxberger will be the Rays' last line of defense in the ninth inning.
Jan 30 - 10:33 PM

Alex Colome gave up five runs in seven innings Wednesday in a loss to the Indians.

Colome probably deserved to lose this one, but he hardly deserves to be winless in his last eight starts (the Rays are averaging just 3.0 runs per game in his 13 starts this season). Now 3-4 with a 4.70 ERA, his rotation spot would seem to be in jeopardy after Matt Moore returns.
Wed, Jul 1, 2015 10:01:00 PM

Alex Colome yielded three runs over six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Red Sox.

Colome gave up four hits and walked a season-high five batters. He allowed baserunners in every inning, so things could have been worse. The 26-year-old is now winless over his last seven outings. He'll bring a 4.50 ERA into a start against the Indians next week at home.
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 11:03:00 PM

Alex Colome was at his best on Sunday in a no-decision, holding the Indians scoreless on one hit in seven innings of work.

Colome brought a perfect game into the sixth inning but lost it with one out when Michael Bourn reached on an infield single. Along with the one hit, the right-hander walked two and struck out four. Colome has had a few strong outings this season, but has been prone to the occasional disaster, resulting in his current 4.50 ERA. He also carries a 1.41 WHIP and a 39/18 K/BB ratio over 56 innings. Colome has a home date with the Red Sox next.
Sun, Jun 21, 2015 03:52:00 PM

Alex Colome didn't last long in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals, surrendering six runs in two innings of work.

All six runs came in the second inning as the Nationals batted around. Colome allowed 10 base runners on seven hits and three walks while striking out two. The right-hander has mostly done a good job out of the rotation for the Rays, but has been prone to getting shelled every so often. Tuesday's performance balloons his ERA to 5.14 with a 1.55 WHIP and a 35/16 K/BB ratio over 49 innings. He'll have to clear his memory in time for Sunday's road start against the Indians.
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 10:53:00 PM

Alex Colome pitched six innings of one-run ball against the Mariners on Saturday.

Colome allowed seven hits and walked three, but the Mariners, as per usual, struggled to push runs across. It's the fifth time in eight starts this year that Colome has allowed two runs or fewer. Both of his outings against the Mariners have qualified. It doesn't get much tougher with the White Sox up next.
Sun, Jun 7, 2015 01:39:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Hank Conger
2Curt Casali
1B1Logan Morrison
2Steve Pearce
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Brad Miller
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Erasmo Ramirez
5Matt Moore
6Alex Cobb
7Chase Whitley
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Boxberger
2Alex Colome
3Xavier Cedeno
4Enny Romero
5Ryan Webb
6Steve Geltz
7Dana Eveland
8Jhan Marinez