With reigning Cy Young winner David Price on the disabled list, the Tampa Bay Rays have promoted right-hander Jake Odorizzi to take his place in the rotation, reports Bill Chastain of MLB.com. Odorizzi will take Price's turn in the rotation today.
Odorizzi, acquired by the Rays in the off-season in the James Shields trade with the Royals, is perhaps the most heralded of the Rays impressive upper-minors pitching depth. He was considered the most major league-ready pitcher in the Royals system at the time of the trade and made two starts in the majors towards the end of last season. Odorizzi was 4-0 with a 3.83 ERA and a 4.21 FIP in eight Triple-A starts this season.
Odorizzi is not an over-powering pitcher, featuring a low-to-mid 90's fastball to go along with a curveball, slider and change-up. It's a basic repertoire, but he gets the most out of it and should have no problem establishing himself as a reliable big league starter, although he's not in the Price/Matt Moore/James Shields class of upper-rotation starters.
With Roberto Hernandez struggling, Odorizzi's time in the rotation while Price is out could serve as an audition to stick around upon the return of their ace. If not, Odorizzi, along with Alex Colome, Alex Torres, and Chris Archer, continue to provide the Rays with the best pitching depth in baseball.