Shane Austin Baz is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball. He made his MLB debut in 2021.

Born on June 17, 1999 (age 22 years), Cypress, Texas, in the United States of America, Shane attended high school at  Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball, Texas.

As a junior, he had a 1.06 earned run average (ERA) with 46 strikeouts over 23 innings. Baz was a member of the United States national team in 2016.

In the year 2017 Shane was said to have played with the Gulf Coast League Pirates, posting an 0–3 record with a 3.80 ERA in 23+23 innings pitched.

On July 2, 2021, Baz was named to the roster for the United States national baseball team for the 2020 Summer Olympics, held in 2021 in Tokyo.

MLB statistics
(through 2021 season)
Win–loss record 2–0
Earned run average 2.03
Strikeouts 18
  • Tampa Bay Rays (2021–present)
Men’s baseball
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2020 Tokyo Team

Shane Baz Prospect Ranking

Right-handed pitcher Shane Baz, who finished last season in Tampa Bay’s playoff rotation, is the top-ranked Ray at No. 8. He did not make the Top 100 list entering the 2021 season, during which he went 5-4 with a 2.06 ERA between Double- and Triple-A, and 2-0, 2.03 in three regular-season starts for the Rays.

Shane Baz Scouting Report

Rank History

Year Team Position Team Rank OFP
2021 TB RHP 2 55
OFP Role FB CB SL CH Cnt/Cmd
55 60 70 45 60 50 50/45


Age: 22 yr
Height: 6-2
Weight: 190 lbs
Hits/Throws: R/R
Acquired: 2017 Round 1 (PIT)
RuleV: 2021

Physical Description: Well proportioned, athletic frame with present strength in his lower half. Uses his natural athleticism and strength well on the mound, and is a lot stronger then his frame would indicate.

Mechanics: Baz will work exclusively out of the stretch utilizing a chest high leg kick into a traditional three quarters arm slot.

Fastball: 96-99, T100; You’ll be hard pressed to find easier, consistent upper 90s velocity from a 22-year-old after watching Baz pitch. Grade: 70

Curveball: 75-79; A pitch Baz has slowly gone away from since joining the Rays organization, but still shows qualities to be a 3rd or 4th pitch down the line. Grade: 45


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