Blue Jays: A Quick Look at New Hampshire’s Rotation

Join Jays From the Couch as we cover the arms in the Toronto Blue Jays Double-A rotation on June 17th.

 

We’re at the halfway mark in the Minor League season. I think that’s a good time to check in on the each of the affiliates starters. Let’s start at the top and work our way down. If you missed the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons’ rotation, click here.

The Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats starting rotation consists of a top-rated prospect, a lesser top-rated prospect who has impressed, a former 1st round selection whose on the verge of losing his top prospect status, a swingman, and a 2017 draft pick.

 

Jon Harris (24)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays 30th rated prospect and former 1st round selection continues to struggle at Double-A. He finished 2017 with a sub .500 record and an ERA over 5.00. In 2018, Harris continues to get hit hard, sporting a plus 5.00 ERA. If he can’t figure out the adjustment necessary to succeed at Double-A as a starter, Harris is at risk of being pushed to the bullpen next season.

 

Last Outing

June 17th W- 6.0IP, 5-H, 1-R, 0-BB, 3-K, and 1-HRA, 91 pitches, 7-GB, and 7-FB.

 

May

6 starts, 33.1 IP, 2-2, 5.13 ERA, 6-BB, 18-K, .331 Opp BA, 1.53 WHIP.

 

Overall

Register Pitching
Year Lev W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2018 AA 5 3 5.09 13 13 69.0 81 43 38 11 14 48 1.429
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/17/2018.

Fangraphs

40.9 GB%, .327 BABIP, 4.72 FIP, and 4.17 xFIP

 

Jordan Romano (25)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays 27th rated prospect has struggled recently after a great first two months. Romano got a brief taste of Triple-A at the end of May. The Markham native has struggled with his control but has managed to limit the damage and give his team a chance to win every night. The 6-foot-4 right-hander leads the organization wins and but has not won since May 27th. He will need to sort out his command issues before he can take the next step.

 

Last Outing

June 13th L 4.2IP, 6-H, 7-R, 3-BB, 2-K, 77 pitches, 7-GB, and 3-FB.

 

May

AAA

1 start, 5.0IP, 1-0, 3.60 ERA, 4-BB, 3-K, .222 Opp BA, 1.60 WHIP

AA

4 starts, 23.1 IP, 4-0, 1.54 ERA, 7-BB, 23-K, .132 Opp BA, 0.73 WHIP.

 

Overall

Register Pitching
Year Lev W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2018 AA-AAA 9 2 3.54 13 13 73.2 49 32 29 6 34 64 1.127
2018 AAA 1 0 3.60 1 1 5.0 4 2 2 0 4 3 1.600
2018 AA 8 2 3.54 12 12 68.2 45 30 27 6 30 61 1.092
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/17/2018.

Fangraphs

40,0 GB%, .267 BABIP, 4.52 FIP, and 5.41 xFIP

 

T.J. Zeuch (22)

 

The former 1st round selection is healthy and pitching like the 9th rated prospect MLB Pipeline thinks he is. Zeuch started the season in Advanced-A before moving up a level to Double-A on May 8th. Zeuch is getting stronger with every outing as a member of the Fisher Cats’ rotation. A groundball machine, T.J. has picked up wins in his last 5 outings. He could be the next Fisher Cat starting pitcher to head to Triple-A….maybe even Toronto…maybe…probably not though. Innings may become an issue for Zeuch in August.

 

Last Outing

June 14th W- 8.0IP, 2-H, 0-R, 1-BB, 4-K, 86 pitches, 15-GB, and 3-FB.

 

May

 

AA

5 starts, 29.1 IP, 2-2, 4.30 ERA, 8-BB, 17-K, .303 Opp BA, 1.50 WHIP.

 

A

1 starts, 6.0 IP, 0-1, 1.50 ERA, 1-BB, 5-K, .280 Opp BA, 1.33 WHIP.

 

Overall

Register Pitching
Year Lev W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2018 AA-A+ 8 5 3.08 14 14 2 1 87.2 79 32 30 7 24 51 1.175
2018 AA 5 2 2.81 8 8 1 1 51.1 45 17 16 3 15 27 1.169
2018 A+ 3 3 3.47 6 6 1 0 36.1 34 15 14 4 9 24 1.183
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/17/2018.

Fangraphs

AA

59.6 GB%, .261 BABIP, 3.92 FIP, and 4.15 xFIP

 

A

62.2 GB%, .273 BABIP, 4.34 FIP, and 3.60 xFIP

 

Josh DeGraaf (25)

 

The former 31st round selection spent 2017 between the bullpen and the rotation. This season, DeGraaf has pitched exclusively as a starter. DeGraaf started the year in Dunedin before moving up a level to New Hampshire on May 22nd. DeGraaf has also had one start with the Triple-A Bisons mid-May. The results haven’t been great for DeGraaf. It is a wonder he hasn’t lost his starting role.

 

Last Outing

June 15th L- 3.1IP, 5-H, 5-R, 2-BB, 4-K, 89 pitches, 3-GB, and 0-FB

 

May

AAA

1-start, 3.2IP, 0-0, 7.36 ERA, 2-BB, 2-K, .286 Opp BA, 1.64 WHIP

AA

2 starts, 11.0 IP, 1-1, 3.27 ERA, 1-BB, 11-K, .286 Opp BA, 1.18 WHIP

Advanced-A

3 starts, 16.2 IP, 0-2, 3.78 ERA, 3-BB, 14-K, .296 Opp BA, 1.44 WHIP

 

Overall

Register Pitching
Year Lev W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2018 A+-AA-AAA 2 9 5.10 13 13 65.1 72 46 37 6 18 58 1.378
2018 AAA 0 0 7.36 1 1 3.2 4 3 3 1 2 2 1.636
2018 AA 1 4 6.55 5 5 22.0 25 18 16 2 6 22 1.409
2018 A+ 1 5 4.08 7 7 39.2 43 25 18 3 10 34 1.336
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/17/2018.

Fangraphs

AAA

38.5 GB%, .250 BABIP, 7.36 FIP, and 7.41 xFIP

AA

35.5 GB%, .371 BABIP, 3.55 FIP, and 3.65 xFIP

Advanced-A

35.5 GB%, .328 BABIP, 3.66 FIP, and .384 xFIP

 

Justin Dillon (24)

 

A 2017 10th round selection, Justin Dillon is having a heck of a season. Dillon started the season in Dunedin, called up to Triple-A Buffalo on May 12th, and send down to New Hampshire on May 27th. The 6-foot-3 right-hander has not fared well in Double-A and is at risk of returning to Advanced-A.

 

Last Outing

June 16th L- 4.1IP, 9-H, 6-R, 2-BB, 1-K, and 1-HRA, 76 pitches, 7-GB, and 6-FB

 

May

AAA

3 starts and 1 relief appearance, 22.2IP, 2-1, 0.79 ERA, 2-BB, 19-K, .130 Opp BA, and 0.53 WHIP

AA

1 start, 6.0 IP, 0-0, 3.00 ERA, 1-BB, 4-K, .333 Opp BA, 1.50 WHIP

Advanced-A

1 appearance, 3.2IP, 0-0, 2.45 ERA, 2-BB, 6-K, .214 Opp BA, 1.36 WHIP

 

Overall

Register Pitching
Year Lev W L ERA G GS GF CG SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2018 AAA-A+-AA 3 6 4.20 14 11 1 1 1 64.1 61 35 30 10 17 45 1.212
2018 AAA 2 1 0.79 4 3 1 1 1 22.2 10 3 2 2 2 19 0.529
2018 AA 1 2 7.91 4 4 0 0 0 19.1 28 20 17 3 7 9 1.810
2018 A+ 0 3 4.43 6 4 0 0 0 22.1 23 12 11 5 8 17 1.388
All 5 7 3.61 27 16 1 1 1 87.1 78 42 35 10 21 73 1.134
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/17/2018.

Fangraphs

AAA

32.1 GB%, .143 BABIP, 3.19 FIP, and 3.47 xFIP

AA

42.5 GB%, .338 BABIP, 5.60 FIP, 5.17 xFIP

Advanced-A

52.9 GB%, .265 BABIP, 5.87 FIP, 3.87 xFIP

 

Closing

 

The Cats have a nice rotation. If Harris can put together a strong June and DeGraaf and Dillon can raise their floor a little, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats should be good enough to hold off the Trenton Thunder in the second half. One or both Romano and Zeuch will get a chance at claiming a spot on the Triple-A rotation.

I think Romano will be on the move around the non-waiver Trade Deadline to sweeten the pot.

 

 

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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.