Blue Jays’ One Time Through the Rotation: Buffalo Bisons August 6th

Jays From the Couch revisits the success and failure of Blue Jays Triple-A Buffalo Bisons starting rotation last five starts


I am going to try a new series this exactly what the title suggests, “One Time Through the Rotation”. I’d like to take a look at how each levels starting pitchers fared during their previous start. There are 8 levels which will be a lot of work but there’s less than a month left in the season.


If you like the series please let me know and I’ll start it back up next season but for now, leave your comments and questions below.


Let’s get started with the Toronto Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons.


The Bisons are on a nice roll right now, winning their last 5 games.


T.J. House


House made the start on August 2nd. He pitched 6.1 innings, allowing one run in the victory. TJ allowed 8 hits, a run, a walk, and struck out 6.


The 27-yr-old lefty improved his record to 8-10 and lowered his ERA from 4.45 to 4.28. House threw 68 of 103 pitches for strikes and induced 7 ground ball outs and one fly ball out.


Last 10– 3-5, 4.85 ERA. House has struggled to go deep into games, during this stretch. August 2nd removed, House had not pitched more than 6 IP since pitching 6.1 on May 29th.


Nick Tepesch


Newly acquired Tepesch started his second game with his new team on August 3rd, earning the victory in a 4-2 win over a very good Scranton/WB team.


The former Twin allowed 2 runs on 4 hits over 5 innings. Tepesch walked 1 and struck out 1. He also allowed a home run, his 7th long ball allowed this year.


The 28-yr-old righty threw 48 of 71 pitches for strikes, inducing 7 ground ball outs and 6 fly ball outs.


Last 10– 1-4, 7.00 ERA. Tepesch has 30 strike outs in 36 innings during his last 10. During this 10, Tepesch had 5 outings of less than 4 IP.


Lucas Harrell


In a game that lasted just four and a half innings, Harrell pitched 4 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 5 while allowing his first minor league home run of 2017 to Pedro Florimon.


Harrell threw 44 of 74 pitches for strikes inducing 2 ground ball and 2 fly ball outs. Despite allowing just the one run, Lucas saw his ERA balloon to 2.08 from 2.05 with the Buffalo Bisons.


Last 10- 0-1, 2.21 ERA. Harrell has pitched 2.0, 3.0, and 4.0 in his last 3 starts. The 32-yr-old is still searching for his first win of 2017.


Luis Santos


Santos wasn’t able to make it into the 5th inning, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits over 4 IP. He walked 4 and struck out 4 bringing his strike out total up to 79 for the year.


The 26-yr-old Santos allowed his 10th HR as a member of the 2017 Bisons. The righty threw 41 of 71 pitches for strikes while inducing 3 ground ball and 2 fly ball outs.


Last 10– 1-5, 3.67 ERA. Despite the ugly record, Santos’ ERA dropped from 4.17 to 3.87 in the last 10.


Brett Oberholtzer


Called up to Toronto for a day, Oberholtzer made his first start since July 26th. The 11-day layoff and being DFA’d didn’t seem to affect the 28-yr-old lefty as he pitched 6 scoreless innings but came away with a no decision.


Brett walked 3 and struck out 4 while holding Lehigh Valley IronPigs to just 5 hits. He allowed one extra base hit, a double to Andrew Pullin.


Oberholtzer threw 54 of 90 pitches for strikes. He induced 6 ground ball and 5 fly ball outs.


Last 10– 2-3, 5.92 ERA. Obby allowed 7 runs in 2 of his last 10 but has looked better recently. Brett has gone 6+ innings in his last 3 starts, allowing 4 runs during this 20 inning stretch.


I know that rotation in Buffalo isn’t very exciting, especially since Chris Rowley was pushed back. New Hampshire and Dunedin will be much more fun to cover.



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Ryan Mueller

Lover of all things Toronto Blue Jays. Blue Jays MiLB fanatic. I strive for average while stumbling onto above average. Rogers isn't cheap. Baseball is a business. Your right, but I'm more right.