Blake Snell

Blake Ashton Snell was born on November 4th, 1992 in Seattle, Washington. He went to Shorewood High School in Shoreline, Washington where he played for the baseball team. In his senior season, he was a perfect 9-0 with a 1.00 ERA. He also had an amazing 128 strikeouts in 63 innings.

Snell was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. He was able to agree with the team on a contract and played on 3 different affiliate teams in his first few years with the organization. In 2014, he would play for two other affiliates and he would go 8-8 with a 3.19 ERA. That year he would be named the Rays Minor League Pitcher of the Year. He would continue having success in the lower levels, but in 2016 Snell was promoted to the big club on April 23rd, 2016.

In his first year in the Major Leagues, Snell made 19 starts and went 6-8 with a 3.54 ERA. The following season he would be mostly ineffective. Snell would get sent down to the minors to work out the issues he was having. When he returned to the Majors he went 5-1 with a 3.31 ERA—a massive improvement.

2018 was Snell’s breakout season as he won 21 games to lead all of baseball and a 1.89 ERA to go along with it. By season end, Snell would be crowned the 2018 Cy Young Award in the American League. Snell has excelled in the big leagues and helped guide the Rays to the World Series. Although they would lose to the Dodgers, the Rays have a bright future with one of baseball’s best pitchers.

By STEVE FARACE | @CineSportsTalk