Jitters dissolving for Rays' McGee

Jitters dissolving for Rays' McGee

NEW YORK -- Jake McGee is one of the top pitching prospects in the Rays' organization -- he's left-handed and possesses a mid-90s fastball and has a full complement of weapons in the repertoire.

The Rays recalled McGee from Triple-A Durham on Sept. 14, for his first Major League stint. To date, he has made three appearances, with Tuesday night's against the Yankees being the first in which he actually felt relaxed.

"I feel a lot more comfortable with everything in general -- warming up instead of being all amped up and rushing [Tuesday night]," McGee said. "I'm taking my time and getting ready, getting out there just trying to stay in control of everything."

McGee's Major League debut came at Tropicana Field against the Yankees on Sept. 14, when he allowed one earned run in one-third of an inning and walked three.

"It felt like everything was really moving fast," McGee said. "I realized that and knew I couldn't let that happen again. I've got to take control of the situation, and I can't let it get out of hand like I did the first time."

McGee pitched against the Angels on Sunday in an outing where he pitched an immaculate inning that saw him strike out two. On Tuesday night against the Yankees, he retired the only two hitters he faced.

"The ball just seems to come out so much easier [when you're more relaxed]," McGee said. "The first time, I was tentative and stuff. Now I just feel more like myself."

McGee even surprised himself by not having to contend with the jitters in his first appearance at Yankee Stadium.

"Yeah, I thought I'd have more adrenaline going," McGee said. "Everything didn't get out of hand like I thought it might. But from the start, I was fine and in control the whole time -- knew what I had to do, pretty much."