Combined to go 5-10 with a 3.99 ERA (151-IP, 67-ER) in 27 starts between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham…established career highs in starts and innings. Ranked 8th among minor league pitchers and 2nd among Rays farmhands with 157 SO, trailing Jaime Schultz (163). Held opposing hitters to a .201 avg. (110-for-546) but yielded 12 HR, a career high and twice as many as 2015. Named to the Southern League midseason All-Star Game, his third straight season with mid-season honors…pitched a scoreless 4th inning and was promoted to Durham after the game. His first 2 Triple-A starts spanning 9 IP were scoreless, yielding only 2 H and 2 BB over that stretch…the second start was cut short due to a rain delay. Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 8 prospect in the Rays organization following the season…earned the Southern League nod for Best Changeup in its Best Tools survey.
Enjoyed a breakout season with Class-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery…despite pitching his last game for the Stone Crabs on June 12, was named their club's Most Valuable Player as well as a mid- and postseason Florida State League All-Star…Combined to go 17-4 with a 1.92 ERA (149.2-IP, 32-ER) and 159 SO…his 17 wins led all minor leaguers and tied Heath Rollins (2007, Class-A Columbus) for the Rays single-season minor league record…ranked 7th overall in strikeouts…also ranked among minor league leaders (min. 120 IP) in ERA (2nd to teammate Blake Snell, 1.41), opp avg. (.194, 4th) and WHIP (1.04, 6th)…Enters the 2016 season rated by Baseball America as the Rays No. 8 prospect (and No. 4 pitching prospect) after being omitted from their Top 30 Prospects list one year ago…they also rated him as having the Best Control in the organization…Named the Rays Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June, after going 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA (27-IP, 18-H, 5-ER, 5-BB, 25-SO) over two levels…His last 2 outings for Charlotte came opposite Marlins All-Star RH Jose Fernandez, who was rehabbing for Jupiter…outpitched him both times, and the Stone Crabs won both games…in his final start June 12 in Jupiter, threw 7 scoreless innings opposite Fernandez's 5 scoreless, and Charlotte won 1-0 in 10 innings, clinching the first-half FSL title…Selected to start the FSL All-Star Game in St. Lucie and pitched a perfect 1st inning for the South, who went on to win 6-0…On the Fourth of July, in his second start for Montgomery, tossed 7 innings of no-hit ball vs. Biloxi (Brewers)…the no-hitter was spoiled when reliever Jared Mortensen yielded a leadoff triple in the 8th, but Faria earned a 7-2 win and logged a career-high 14 SO…it was his first career double-digit strikeout game, but he reached 10 SO three times in his 13 starts with the Biscuits.