Led all major league rookies with 174 strikeouts, one shy of the club rookie record (175 by Matt Moore in 2012)...became the second Ray to lead major league rookies in strikeouts, joining TB Scott Kazmir, who also had 174 in 2005...His 9.32 SO/9 IP was 3rd best all-time among AL rookies, behind TEX Yu Darvish (10.40 in 2012) and CLE Herb Score (9.70 in 1955)...overall, finished 9th in the majors in SO/9 IP...Also led major league rookies in starts (31) and finished 2nd in innings pitched (168)...Named the club's Rookie of the Year by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America...received one third-place vote in the BBWAA voting for AL Rookie of the Year...Had 7 starts in which he didn't allow a run, tied with teammate Alex Cobb for 2nd most in the AL, behind MIN Kyle Gibson (8), and matching the most ever by an AL rookie (see chart)...His 13 losses led major league rookies and were the most ever by a Rays rookie...however, the Rays were shut out in 6 of his starts, tied with CIN Johnny Cueto and CHC/OAK Jeff Samardzija for most in the majors...With 11 wins, became the sixth Rays rookie with 10-plus wins in the last six years, most in the majors over that span...joined Matt Moore (11 in 2012), Jeremy Hellickson (13 in 2011), Wade Davis (12 in 2010), Jeff Niemann (13 in 2009) and David Price (10 in 2009)...Had 3 starts in which he pitched 6-plus innings and allowed only one hit, most in the majors and the most by a rookie since SF Matt Cain had 4 such games in 2006...two of those games resulted in combined one-hitters: Aug 30 vs. BOS (with Kirby Yates and Jeff Beliveau in a 7-0 win) and June 21 at HOU (with Yates and Brad Boxberger in an 8-0 win)...only hit allowed on June 21 was a 4th-inning ground ball off his foot by Jose Altuve...struck out 10 batters in that game and became the second pitcher in Rays history to record 10 SO or more and allow one hit or fewer in a game, joining RH Matt Garza, who did it in 2008 and 2009...became the first Ray to start two one-hitters in the same season...Had a 2.62 ERA (99.2-IP, 29-ER) in 17 home starts compared to a 6.32 ERA (68.1-IP, 44-ER) in 14 road starts, the largest home vs. road differential in the majors (min. 100 IP)...his road ERA ranked 2nd highest in club history among season qualifiers (min. 162 IP)...only Mark Hendrickson (6.53, 2005) was higher...ranked 2nd highest among major league starters in 2014 (min. 10 road starts)...only CLE/STL Justin Masterson (6.57) was higher...Earned his first major league win in his first start of the season, April 4 vs. TEX (8-1)...worked 6 shutout innings allowing only 3 singles...In his first 12 starts through June 5, went 2-6 with a 5.31 ERA (57.2-IP, 34-ER) and a 1.53 WHIP...in his last 19 starts, went 9-7 with a 3.51 ERA (110.1-IP, 43-ER) and 1.15 WHIP...His 0.65 groundball-to-flyball ratio was the 2nd lowest in the majors to SEA Chris Young (0.42)...only induced one GIDP all season, off the bat of David Ortiz on Aug 30 vs. BOS...Attempted base stealers went 4-for-10 against him (40 pct.), 5th toughest to run on in the AL...also had a pair of pickoffs...Learned his changeup grip from Alex Cobb in the 2013-14 offseason...according to FanGraphs, 24.4 pct. of his pitches were changeups, 8th most in the AL...Had a career-high 11 SO in only 5 IP on May 9 vs. CLE, one shy of the rookie club record (Dan Wheeler, Sep 12, 1999 vs. OAK)...Twice faced 20-game winner STL Adam Wainwright, one of his favorite pitchers as a youngster, whom he'd seen pitch in person at Busch Stadium...Jake grew up a Cardinals fan in Highland, Ill., 30 minutes east of St. Louis...lost a 1-0 decision on June 10 at home, then beat him 7-2 on July 22 in St. Louis...in his first major league plate appearance, he had a game-tying RBI sac bunt off Wainwright-the first RBI by a Rays pitcher since 2012-and later added a walk...Saw his ERA jump over 4.00 in his last start of the season, an 11-3 loss on Sep 24 at BOS (3-IP, 7-H, 5-ER).
Enters the 2014 season ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Rays organization by Baseball America…moved up from No. 5 in the rankings one year prior... Split his first season in the Rays organization between Triple-A Durham and the majors…over five stints in the majors he pitched in 7 games (4 starts) and went 0-1 with 1 save and had a 3.94 ERA (29.2-IP, 13-ER)…was 0-1 with a 5.03 ERA (19.2-IP, 11-ER) as a starter and had a 1.80 ERA (10-IP, 2-ER) as a reliever…is still seeking his first major league win... Over his last 4 apps (2 starts) for the Rays spanning two tours, had a 1.04 ERA (17.1-IP, 2-ER)... Was on the active major league roster from May 20-29, June 11-14, June 18-19, Aug 29-30 and Sep 20 through season's end…after going 4-0 over his first 8 starts with the Bulls, was recalled for the first time on May 20 to make his Rays debut in Toronto…did not factor in the decision, giving up 3 runs in 5 IP in a 7-5 loss opposite 2012 NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey…his line: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 6 SO... At 23 years, 54 days became the youngest right-handed pitcher to start a game for the Rays since Edwin Jackson made his Rays debut on April 22, 2006 at TEX (22 years, 225 days)…was the first player born in the 1990s to play in a game for the Rays... Added to the roster on June 18 as part of MLB's 26th Man Rule and started Game 2 of the doubleheader at Fenway Park…allowed just 1 run in 5.2 IP but did not factor in the 3-1 loss…was optioned following the game... Recalled on Sep 20 and pitched that night vs. BAL, a 6-hour, 54-minute, 18-inning marathon the Rays eventually won, 5-4…he pitched 3.2 scoreless innings (11th-14th)... Pitched 3 scoreless innings and recorded his first career save on Sep 24 at NYY…marked his first pro save since April 11, 2010 with the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers)... Made 22 starts for Durham and finished 3rd in the International League with 124 strikeouts, 2nd in the Rays system…also ranked among IL leaders in opp avg. (.225, 2nd) and ERA (3.33, 8th)... Helped the Bulls win the Governors' Cup by crafting a 0.50 ERA (18-IP, 1-ER) over 3 postseason starts…over his final 6 starts for Durham-including regular and postseason-maintained a 0.47 ERA (38-IP, 20-H, 2-ER, 1-HR, 8-BB, 46-SO)... On May 5 at Pawtucket (Red Sox), tossed 7 hitless innings, and three relievers followed to close out the second no-hitter in Durham's IL history in a 2-1 win…LH Frank De Los Santos (0.2-IP), RH Kirby Yates (1.0) and LH Jeff Beliveau (0.1) finished the job…it was the second time he was involved in a no-hitter-also Aug 24, 2010 with Class-A Wisconsin (Brewers).