Former Charlotte Stone Crabs RHP Ryne Stanek made his Major League debut for the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, becoming the 39th Stone Crab to reach the Majors.
Stanek is the 23rd Stone Crabs player to debut with the Rays and the 23rd overall pitcher overall to reach the Show (15 with Rays).
Stanek joins RHP Chih-Wei Hu and LHP Jose Alvarado as the third former Crab to debut in 2017.
The St. Louis, Mo. native faced two batters in eighth inning of Sunday's 11-2 win at Fenway Park in Boston. Stanek got Red Sox outfielder Chris Young to fly out before allowing Christian Vazquez to single.
The former Arkansas Razorback spent parts of two seasons with Charlotte in 2014 and 2015. Stanek made three starts for the Stone Crabs after being promoted from Bowling Green on July 6, 2014. The right-hander made his return to Charlotte in 2015, making nine starts for the Stone Crabs before being promoted to Double-A Montgomery on May 25. He dominated FSL hitters to the tune of a 1.78 ERA over 50.2 innings, limiting opponents to 33 hits (.189 AVG).
Stanek becomes the sixth member of the 2014 Stone Crabs to reach the Show and the fifth member of the 2015 team.
2014: Ryan Garton, Blake Snell, Austin Pruitt, Tyler Goeddel, Andrew Toles
2015: Junior Querecuto, Joey Rickard, German Marquez, Chih-Wei Hu
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