Stanek Hopes Slider Allows Him To Be More Creative
Stanek, 26, has made ten appearances with Durham logging 9.2-innings of work. He’s pitched to a 1.86 ERA while striking out 17 batters while walking six.
Stanek was up with the Rays on three separate occasions in 2017 with tepid results. Overall, he appeared in 21 games posting a 5.85 ERA (13-ER/20-IP) whiles striking out 29 and issuing 10 non-intentional walks. He also allowed six home runs.
Stanek was one of the last cuts this spring and was asked to go to Durham and work on his off-speed offerings and his slider.
“They wanted me to work on my off-speed and throwing it in the zone and my slider.” Stankek said. “I went down there and threw it quite a bit. Threw it more than I normally would in normal situations. That’s something I need to do well to be successful up here.”
Kevin Cash has been impressed with the reports he’s received regarding Stanek. “The fastball has been pretty electric from the reports. Saying that, he’s the first to realize that he can’t come up here and throw an inning of fastballs and not have some complimentary off-speed. Whether it’s the splitter or slider.”
According to Cash, the key for Stanek is for him to get comfortable. Get him to have the same mentality he takes on a Durham mound he takes at the Trop.
The opportunity for Stanek to take the reigns of a late inning role on this team is in front of him. With Sergio Romo‘s struggles, Chaz Roe and Jonny Venters both suited for matchup situation, the Rays are looking for someone to pair up with Jose Alvarado in that high leverage matchup to get to Alex Colome. For Stanek, the time might be now.