Jake McGee joined the Stone Crabs in 2009 while on his road to recovery following Tommy John surgery in July 2008. Limited by a strict pitch count, he appeared in 11 games for the Stone Crabs in 2009. He was 0-2 with a 6.45 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 22.1 innings on the mound.
McGee was drafted by the Devil Rays in the fifth round of the 2004 draft. He made his pro debut with the Princeton Devil Rays in 2004 where he was named their pitcher of the year. He was promoted to the Hudson Valley Renegades for the 2005 season. His success continued in 2006 as a member of the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays where he led the league in strikeouts and was named the team’s pitcher of the year as well as being named to the mid and post season all-star teams. He split the 2007 season between the Vero Beach Devil Rays and the Montgomery Biscuits and was also honored on the mid and post season Florida State League all-star squads. 2008 started off dominate like the seasons before, McGee was named to the Southern League all-star team but a elbow injury cut short the season and forced him to have Tommy John surgery on July 8. He recovered quickly and returned to the mound in 2009, splitting time between the GCL Rays and the Stone Crabs while working his way back to 100%.
In 2010, McGee was back to full duty, splitting time between the Montgomery Biscuits and Durham Bulls and eventully the call to the Tampa Bay bullpen.