Jacob Faria is one of the Tampa Bay Rays’ more intriguing pitching prospects throughout their entire organization, and has a bright future ahead of him. He was taken in the 10th round of the 2011 MLB Draft, and has been one of the bright spots from that draft for the Rays.
At 6’4″ and 200 pounds, he is the prototypical size for a starting pitcher. He has had some success early this season with the A-Level Charlotte Stone Crabs, recording a 2-0 record to go along with a 1.64 ERA, 12 strikeouts and three walks. Faria throws strikes among the best in the minors, and finished with a 6.4 percent walk rate last season which was among the top-30 in class A.
That being said, Faria agreed to sit down with Evan Massey to do an exclusive interview for SportsGlory.com. We hope that you enjoy this interview and begin following Jacob as he looks to take the next step in his career.
Evan Massey: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. How are you doing today?
Jacob Faria: No problem man. I’m doing well, thanks for having me.
EM: What has the season been like for you so far? How has being a member of the Rays’ organization been?
JF: It’s been really good so far. We have a good team so I’m really excited for the rest of the year. It has been great, they’re a class organization.
EM: How would you describe your game to a fan who hasn’t seen much of you?
JF: I would say I’m just a guy who is going to throw a lot of strikes. I’m not going to overpower very many guys, although I have hit 95 MPH, so I just have to throw everything for strikes.
EM: Is there a current MLB pitcher that you would compare your game to?
JF: I’d like to think I’m like a Chris Archer, but not the same velocity. Similar delivery and off-speed, but not the same fast ball.
EM: What do you think you need to work on the most in order to take the next step?
JF: Just consistency. I like where my stuff is, but I need to stay consistent throughout the long-haul.
EM: Who was your favorite MLB team growing up? Did you model your game after any individual player?
JF: I grew up an Angels fan. I lived five minutes away from the stadium my whole life and used to have season tickets. I used to model my game after Jered Weaver and had a similar delivery and arsenal until I signed.
EM: What do you enjoy doing in your free time away from baseball?
JF: I enjoy spending time with my family, girlfriend, and friends.
EM: Where do you see yourself in three years? What are your goals for that time period?
JF: I try not to look too far ahead. Just live in the moment. My goals are to just keep improving step by step and the rest is in God’s hands.
EM: What is your favorite moment of your career to this point?
JF: I threw a complete game, one-hit shutout last year. That was pretty cool.
EM: Anything you’d like to say to the fans in closing?
JF: I’d like to say thank you for the support and hopefully I’ll continue to give them a reason to cheer for me for a long time.
Obviously Jacob is very mature and ready for the next step in his career. We hope that you will continue following him this season. Give him a follow on Twitter at: @JDFaria48