Faria with the Tampa Bay Rays
|Tampa Bay Rays – No. 34|
|Born: July 30, 1993|
La Palma, California
|June 7, 2017, for the Tampa Bay Rays|
|Career statistics |
(through 2018 season)
|Earned run average||4.27|
Draft and Minor Leagues
The Tampa Bay Rays selected Faria in the 10th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Rays. Faria played 2012 and 2013 with the Princeton Rays. He pitched 2014 with the Bowling Green Hot Rods and started 2015 with the Charlotte Stone Crabs. After going 10–1 with a 1.33 earned run average (ERA) in 12 games, he was promoted to the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits. In his second start with Montgomery tied a team record with 14 strikeouts over seven no-hit innings. Faria started 2016 with Montgomery and was called to the Durham Bulls in June. Entering the 2017 Season, Faria was considered by Baseball America to be the 8th best prospect in the Rays farm system.. He started the season with the Bulls, and was promoted to the Rays on June 6.
Tampa Bay Rays
On June 7th, 2017, exactly six years after being drafted, Faria made his MLB debut against the Chicago White Sox. Faria allowed one run on three hits in 61⁄3 innings, getting the win and snapping a 4 game losing streak. He became the ninth pitcher in history to start his career with 7 or more quality starts. Faria ended the 2017 season with a 3.43 ERA in 16 games.
Faria started the 2018 season as the number three starter for Tampa Bay. On May 23, 2018, Faria was put on the 60-Day DL with an oblique strain, he had recorded an ERA of 5.48 in 47 2/3 innings before the injury. Faria returned on August 1st, where he threw 3.2 innings and earned the win in relief against the Los Angeles Angels. On August 16th, Faria was opted down to Triple-A Durham to make room for Tommy Pham, he was 4-3 with a 4.84 ERA. He was recalled on September 5th. He began the 2018 season in the Rays rotation before landing on the disabled list on May 23rd with an oblique injury. He finished the season making 17 appearances, 12 starts. He was 4-4 with a 5.40 ERA in 65 innings.
Faria and his girlfriend, Jessica Soto, became engaged in May 2017. The couple were married on November 16, 2018 in California.
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