[tps_title]7. Colin Rea Proved He Can Pitch at the Big-League Level[/tps_title]
Colin Rea didn’t make his season (and career) debut until late in the season, but he definitely proved himself in the short amount of time he spent in the big leagues. After spending 2014 in High Single-A, Rea started the year in Double-A before ascending to Triple-A and finally arriving in the big leagues in August. Rea had an ERA under 2.00 in Double-A ball over twelve starts before his promotion to Triple-A, where he finished with an ERA just over 4.00 in six games pitched before his big-league call-up.
Rea started six games for the Padres at the big-league level, finishing with an ERA of 4.26 in just over 31 innings pitched. While these numbers are not eye popping by themselves, they are rather good numbers for a pitcher who had never pitched above Single-A prior to the 2015 season. Rea’s ceiling is merely that of a three or four starter at best, but if he can continue his progress in 2016 he will be an important part of a Padres rotation in need of a bounce back season next year.