FANALYTICS: The Alex Cobb Saga

If there is one organization that you have to pay attention to when it comes to player development, it's the Tampa Bay Rays. How many major league pitching staffs can you look at and find a full rotation of highly productive arms, and all home grown?

So, coming into this season, I was particularly enamored with following Alex Cobb. Here was a pitcher who had consistently improved his ERA at every level. At Triple-A last year, he had a 1.87 ERA with a 9.4 strikeout rate and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.4. Those are all elite level numbers.

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