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Schultz inches closer to MLB debut

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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jaime Schultz (57) poses for a photo during photo day at Charlotte Sports Park.
August 2, 2017 - 04:50 pm

Jaime Schultz has completed his rehab assignment and is back with the Durham Bulls — Tampa Bay’s Triple A affiliate — and has been dominant in two appearances.

If it weren’t for suffering a groin injury in his first outing of the regular season back in April, Schultz would likely have already been playing in the big leagues.

Instead, he’s worked his way back into the mix after stops witht he Gulf Coast Rays (Rookie) and Charlotte Stone Crabs (Class A-Advanced).

The Maple Hill High School graduate returned to Durham on Friday, tossing one inning, striking out two batters. On Tuesday, he again came on in relief and went one full inning, striking out all three batters he faced.

At the Triple A level, Schultz has yet to give up a walk, striking out seven batters in three appearances, throwing one inning in each game. He’s given up just two hits with Durham and has hit one batter, holding a 0.67 WHIP, a 0.00 ERA and a .182 opponent batting average.

If Schultz can keep up his current pace, he may well find himself with Tampa Bay sooner rather than later. MLB.com has his expected season of debuting at the top level to be 2017, stating that “Schultz has all the ingredients to serve as a late-inning force coming out of the bullpen, allowing him to better utilize his two-plus pitches without worry about throwing strikes or working deep into games.”