Join Jays From the Couch as we check in on how some of the Toronto Blue Jays best minor league pitcher are performing in 2018
With the Blue Jays recent struggles with starting pitching, many of you will feel this is a fluff piece. It is definitely not.
This article will briefly cover a handful of the Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospects which:
- Have looked good through the first two months
- Appear on the MLB Pipeline Blue Jays Top Prospect list
#8 Ryan Borucki
The 24-yr-old lefty out of Mundelein, IL, wasn’t overly impressive over the first month of the season. Borucki had a couple poor starts which have made his numbers look very pedestrian.
In May, the 6-foot-4 2012 draft pick has looked much better. In 6 starts, Ryan Borucki went 3-3 with a 3.19 ERA while striking out 31 batters in 36.2 innings and allowing just 13 walks.
On the year, Borucki owns a 7.74 K/9 and 3.38 BB/9. He owns a record of 4 and 5 with a 3.51 ERA and 3.79 FIP.
#9 T.J. Zeuch
The tall 22-yr-old righty started the season with the Dunedin Blue Jays. In 6 Florida State League starts, T.J. threw 36.1 innings, striking out 24 batters and walking 9. His 2018 FSL record is 3-3 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.
On May 8th, Zeuch was promoted to the Double-A Fisher Cats. He has made 5 Eastern League starts complying a record of 2-2 with a 4.30 ERA. He was roughed up in starts #1 and #3, allowing 9 combined runs while allowing opponents to bat .409 and, 319 off him. In start #2, Zeuch held his opponent to a run on 6 hits over 6IP.
Zeuch has won his last 2 starts, allowing 2 runs in each of those starts. T.J. is now 5-5 with a3.84 ERA across two levels.
After spending soooo much time on the DL in 2017, T.J. Zeuch has looked strong in 2018.
#10 Sean Reid-Foley
After a horrendous 2017, SRF looks like a completely different pitcher in 2018. The 22-yr-old righty owns a record of 5-0 with a 2.03 ERA with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He went 4-0 with a 1.16 ERA in 4 April starts and is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 4 May starts.
Sean has increased his K/9 from 8.28 (2017) to 10.56 (2018) and lowered his HR/9 from 1.49 down to 0.61. His BB/9 has increased from 3.60 up to 4.06 but he is stranding more baserunners (87.3 LOB%).
After allowing opponents to bat .278 off him in 2017, SRF has held opp batting average t0 .174. He has picked up a pair of ND in his last two starts but has only allowed 3 runs in the span.
With the Bisons rotation a mess, SRF was promoted to AAA on May 24th. He was rocked for 8 runs in 2.1 innings in his debut. He will be hoping for a better outcome on May 29th.
#27 Jordan Romano
With back-to-back successful seasons in A-Ball Lansing and Advanced-A Dunedin, it is not surprising to see Romano enjoying another successful season with Double-A New Hampshire.
The 6-foot-4 native of Markham is a perfect 8-0 in 9 EL starts. He has a sparkling 2.04 ERA while holding opponents to a .148 batting average and holds a 0.87 WHIP. Romano has not allowed an earned run in 3 of his 9 starts. He has only allowed more than 2 runs in one start and has struck out 7 batters three times.
Like SRF, Romano was recently called up to solidify the Bisons’ rotation. Unlike SRF, Romano picked up a win in his AAA debut despite struggling with his command. Romano walked 4 and struck out 3 batters over 5 innings while allowing 2 runs.
With Jordan Romano and Sean Reid-Foley joining Ryan Borucki on Toronto’s Triple-A rotation, the Blue Jays have some impressive SP depth which they could call upon closer to the All-Star break.
T.J. Zeuch could quickly become part of Buffalo’s rotation before the end of the year which would further strengthen the starting pitching depth in the upper minors.
Question for the Reader
Which of the pitchers mentioned in the article do you think has the best chance of pitching for the Blue Jays in 2019?
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