Blue Jays bullpen prospects across various levels, throughout the farm, have yet to allow an earned run in 2017
Over the past few seasons, the Blue Jays farm system has started producing relievers pitchers capable of helping out at the major league level.
Last season, relief pitcher Colton Turner didn’t allow his first run until June 5th. Turner quickly ascended through Single-A Lansing and Advanced-A Dunedin, landing in Double-A New Hampshire before being dealt for Chicago White Sox catcher Dioner Navarro.
Roughly two weeks into the season the Blue Jays have a handful of bullpen arms who have yet to allow an earned run.
Acquired: 18th round of the 2015 draft
Encina throws his fastball in the low 90’s, complimenting it with a solid slider and change.
Since being drafted, Gino Encina is being used primarily out of the bullpen with 5 starts with Bluefield in 2015 as a rookie. He only pitched 33 innings in 2016, spending most of his time in the Vancouver Canadians (Low-A) bullpen.
With the C’s Gino made 10 appearances, posting an impressive 2.03 ERA with only 4 walks and 28 strikeouts.
This season, as a member of the Lansing Lugnuts, Gino’s made 5 appearances with all but one outing lasting less than one inning. In 13 innings the 6-foot-4 reliever has allowed 13 hits, 6 walks, and 15 strikeouts.
Acquired: Undrafted. Signed in 2015 as a free-agent
Ryan Cook has made the rounds in the Blue Jays farm system since joining the organization in 2015. As a rookie Cook played in Bluefield, Vancouver, and Dunedin. In 2016, Cook once again saw three different levels with time in Lansing, Dunedin, and New Hampshire.
Cook played an important role with the 2016 Lansing Lugnuts, splitting time between the bullpen and starting rotation. He was far more successful in the bullpen with a record of 1-2 and a 4.03 ERA. As a starter, Cook went 0-4 with a 6.82 ERA.
In 2017, Cook looks to fill the same with the Dunedin Blue Jays. Ryan Cook has made one start (4IP, 5H, BB, 2K) and 4 relief appearances. The long-man has not allowed a run in 13 innings, allowing 10 hits while walking 2 and striking out 12.
Acquired: Undrafted. Signed in 2009 as an international free-agent
An outfielder turned reliever, Carlos Ramirez has two plus pitches. Ramirez chucks a high 90’s fastball and high 80’s slider, both with movement. The movement has sometimes caused Ramirez some issues with the free pass but it doesn’t seem to be an issue in 2017.
In 6 relief appearances, the 6-foot-5 power reliever has walked 3 and struck out 12 in 9.1 innings over 6 games.
With continued success, Ramirez should move quickly to Triple-A Buffalo with a chance of helping Toronto later this summer.
Acquired: 8th round in 2015 Draft
Young was able to put a rough rookie season (1-1, 6.33 ERA in Vancouver) behind him with a successful 2016 season (2-1, 2.70 ERA in Lansing). Danny Young doesn’t have plus pitches, throwing his fastball in the high 80’s touching the low 90’s and possess an average slider.
The 6-foot-3 lefty has thrown 8.1 scoreless innings in 6 appearances with the Dunedin Blue Jays. He has 2 walks and 6 strikeouts being used in one or two inning outings.
How long will these relievers be able to ride their scoreless inning streak is anyone’s guess. Inning by inning, these relievers increase their stock. Maybe not with the Blue Jays organization but with another organization.
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