Blake Snell is an American professional baseball player in the US Major League Baseball. As of the 2021 season, Snell plays for the San Diego Padres as starting pitcher. He plays left-handed and bats and throws on his left. Teams he has played for include the Tampa Bay Rays and his current team, the Padres. Blake attended Shorewood HS and was recruited out of high school by the Rays during the first round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Born Blake Ashton Snell on December 4, 1992, he was an avid of the Seattle Mariners growing up. His father was a former player in the minor league. The nickname ‘Snellzilla’ originally belonged to his older brother, but Blake has used it for himself since he was 11. He played for his school team in high school and was originally committed to attend the University of Washington but in 2011, he instead signed with the Tampa Bay Rays. He debuted with them in the same year when he played for the Gold Coast Rays. Other teams he has played for include the Princeton Rays and the Bowling Green Hotrods.
His promotions in the minor league classes continued throughout 2014 and 2015. In 2015, he was finally called into the majors when he played for the Rays in Yankee Stadium. By 2018, he had become the Rays’ number 2 starter. This was a great year for him and he set a record for 21 wins. In November of that year, he won the Cy Young Award. In the 2019 season, he was placed on the disabled list after breaking his toe. He also had some arthroscopic surgery done on his elbow this year.
During the 2020 shortened season, Blake made some comments about his pay and the health protocols. These were not taken positively by the media and the public. Later in the year, he set a World Series record by becoming the first player to have struck out nine or more batters with less than five innings. Decisions made by Kevin Cash regarding Snell during the World Series drew commentary from the media as it may have led to the Dodgers winning. By the end of the 2020 season, the Rays had traded Snell to the Sand Diego Padres. He was exchanged for Blake Hunt, Colo Wilcox, and Luis Patino.
Professional Career Highlights and Awards
- 2018 - All-Star
- 2018 - AL Cy Young Award
- 2018 - AL wins leader
- 2018 - AL ERA leader