Blue Jays: A Quick Look at the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats Bullpen Arms

Join Jays From the Couch as we cover the arms in the Toronto Blue Jays Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats bullpen as of June 24th.

 

We’re at the halfway mark in the Minor League season. I started with a look at the current status of all four full-season rotations.

Bullpen

 

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats bullpen is made up of homegrown arms. The Fisher Cats have Craig Breslow as the lone vet but he’s been on the DL for most of the year. NH goes with a closer by committee with Andrew Case, Kirby Snead, and Zach Jackson typically pitching the final frame.

 

Andrew Case (25)

The Saint John, NB, native spent 2017 between Dunedin and New Hampshire with a cup of coffee with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. The right-handed reliever has established himself as a late inning relief for his ability to strand baserunners and generate groundballs. Case should get a chance in Buffalo later this season.

 

Last Outing

June 23rd- 0.2 IP, 0-H, 0-R, 0-BB, 2-K, 8-pitches, 0-GB, and 1-FB.

 

May

10 appearances, 13.2 IP, 0-1, 7.90 ERA, 3-SV, 5-BB, 16-K, .356 Opp BA, 1.90WHIP

 

Overall

Register Pitching
Year Lev W L ERA G GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP BB9 SO9
2018 AA 1 1 4.45 25 19 5 30.1 35 17 15 5 11 24 1.516 3.3 7.1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/24/2018.

Fangraphs

4.45 K/9, .313 BABIP, 76.2 LOB%, 5.26 FIP, and 4.78 xFIP

 

Jose Fernandez (25)

The lefty reliever got the call to Buffalo after I posted the Bisons bullpen piece, so he will remain in the Fisher Cats bullpen for this post. Fernandez struggles with control but can dial it up to 96 mph. He has the ability to throw multiple innings out of the bullpen and doesn’t look like a lefty specialist at this point in his development.

 

Last Outing

June 23rd- 3.0 IP, 3-H, 1-R, 1-BB, 2-K, 48 pitches, 5-GB, and 1-FB. (in Buffalo)

 

May

9 appearances, 13.1 IP, 3-1, 4.73 ERA, 10-BB, 17-K, .224 Opp BA, 1.58 WHIP

 

Overall

Register Pitching
Year Lev W L ERA G GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP BB9 SO9
2018 AAA 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 3.0 3 1 0 0 1 2 1.333 3.0 6.0
2018 AA 3 1 3.45 23 10 2 31.1 23 14 12 5 23 33 1.468 6.6 9.5
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/24/2018.

Fangraphs

9.48 K/9, .240 BABIP, 82.5 LOB%, 5.58 FIP, and 5.37 xFIP

 

Zach Jackson (23)

Selected in the 3rd round of the 2016 Draft, the 6-foot-4 right-handed reliever has posted solid numbers despite walking nearly a batter per inning. Jackson has a big arm and throws in the mid-90’s with a really good curve.

 

Last Outing

June 24th 1.0 IP, 0-H, 0-R, 0-BB, 1-K, 11 pitches, 0-GB, and 1-FB.

 

May

9 appearances, 12.0 IP, 0-0, 3.00 ERA, 14-BB, 14-K, .125 Opp BA, 1.58 WHIP.

 

Overall

Register Pitching
Year Lev W L ERA G GF SV IP H R ER BB SO WHIP BB9 SO9
2018 AA 2 1 1.95 22 8 2 32.1 13 8 7 28 38 1.268 7.8 10.6
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/24/2018.

Fangraphs

10.58 K/9, .171 BABIP, 83.3 LOB%, 3.95 FIP, and 4.82 xFIP

 

Danny Young (24)

After a successful season in 2017, Young has done a good job against lefties (.218 Opp BA) but isn’t just a situational reliever. Young has pitched multiple innings in 15 of 21 appearances and has done a great job of keeping the ball on the ground and in the yard.

 

Last Outing

June 24th- 10 IP, 2-H, 1-R, 0-BB, 0-K, 23 pitches, 3-GB, and 0-FB

 

May

8 appearances, 14.0 IP, 1-0, 5.79 ERA, 2-BB, 15-K, .288 Opp BA, 1.21 WHIP

 

Overall

Register Pitching
Year Lev W L ERA G GF SV IP H R ER BB SO WHIP BB9 SO9
2018 AA 2 0 3.27 21 3 1 33.0 32 13 12 9 34 1.242 2.5 9.3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/24/2018.

Fangraphs

9.27 K/9, .352 BABIP, 72.8 LOB%, 2.72 FIP, and 2.81 xFIP

 

Kirby Snead (23)

A 6-foot-0 left-handed reliever started the season with 8 innings in Dunedin before being moved up to New Hampshire on May 3rd. Snead has struggled with his control with NH but continues to provide the Fisher Cats with a solid late-inning lefty.

 

Last Outing

June 23rd- 1.2 IP, 0-H, 0-R, 0-BB, 1-K, 18 pitches, 2-GB, and 1-FB

 

May

9 appearances, 13.1 IP, 2-1, 2.03 ERA, 7-BB, 10-K, .146 Opp BA, 1.05 WHIP

 

Overall

Register Pitching
Year Lev W L ERA G GF SV IP H R ER BB SO WHIP BB9 SO9
2018 AA 2 2 4.43 16 9 1 22.1 18 11 11 15 19 1.478 6.0 7.7
2018 A+ 1 1 1.08 8 7 2 8.1 3 1 1 6 12 1.080 6.5 13.0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/24/2018.

Fangraphs

AA

7.84 K/9, .274 BABIP, 70.6 LOB%, 4.51 FIP, and 5.04 xFIP

Advanced-A

12.96 K/9, .177 BABIP, 88.9 LOB%, 2.69 FIP, 2.92 xFIP

 

Dusty Isaacs (26)

The 6-foot-1 right-hander was selected in the 2014 Draft. He had a heck of a season with New Hampshire in 2017 has followed it up with another very good season in 2018. Isaacs was promoted to Buffalo on May 21st and returned on May 27th, then returned to Buffalo on May 31st and returned to New Hampshire on June 13th. Isaacs should finish the season in Buffalo.

 

Last Outing

June 22nd- 1.1 IP, 1-H, 0-R, 2-BB, 1-K, 27 pitches, 2-GB, and 0-FB

 

May

AAA

2 appearances, 4.2 IP, 1-0, 3.86 ERA, 1-BB, 7-K, .333 Opp BA, 1.71 WHIP

AA

6 appearances, 8.0 IP, 0-1, 3.18 ERA, 5-BB, 6-K, .222 Opp BA, 1.38 WHIP

 

Overall

Register Pitching
Year Lev W L ERA G GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP BB9 SO9
2018 AAA 1 0 6.30 6 3 0 10.0 15 8 7 1 5 8 2.000 4.5 7.2
2018 AA 2 1 3.18 16 6 1 22.2 16 9 8 1 18 23 1.500 7.1 9.1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/24/2018.

Fangraphs

AAA

7.20 K/9, .400 BABIP, 66.3 LOB%, 4.82 FIP, and 4.76 xFIP

AA

9.28 K/9, .259 BABIP, 75.2 LOB%, 4.24 FIP, and 4.96 xFIP

 

Travis Bergen (24)

Selected by the Blue Jays in the 7th round in 2015 Draft, Bergen is finally healthy and the results are encouraging. Bergen was promoted to New Hampshire on June 1st and has already surpassed his previous season high in just about every category. The left-handed reliever has an excellent chance of making his MLB debut later this year.

Last Outing

June 22nd- 1.2 IP, 0-H, 0-R, 0-BB, 2-K, 12 pitches, 3-GB, and 0-FB

 

May

Advanced- A

9 appearances, 12.2IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1-SV, 2-BB, 17-K, .163 Opp BA, 0.71 WHIP

 

Overall

Register Pitching
Year Aff W L ERA G GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP BB9 SO9
2018 TOR 1 0 0.84 6 1 0 10.2 11 6 1 1 2 9 1.219 1.7 7.6
2018 TOR 0 1 1.71 16 7 1 21.0 16 4 4 0 6 31 1.048 2.6 13.3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/24/2018.

Fangraphs

AA

7.00 K/9, .333 BABIP, 60.3 LOB%, 3.85 FIP, and 3.80 xFIP

Advanced-A

13.29 K/9, .348 BABIP, 82.6 LOB%, 1.46 FIP, 2.28 xFIP

 

Nick Hartman (23)

This righty was selected in the 9th round of the 2016 Draft. He started the year in Dunedin, showing good command of the strike zone but giving up more than a hit per inning. Nick Hartman join the Fisher Cats bullpen on June 4th.

 

Last Outing

June 24th- 0.1 IP, 0-H, 0-R, 0-BB, 1-K, 5 pitches, 0-GB, and 0-FB

 

May

AA

3 appearances, 5.1 IP, 1-1, 3.38 ERA, 5-BB, 1-K, .364 Opp BA, 2.44 WHIP

Advanced-A

5 appearance , 8.1IP, 0-0, 1.29 ERA, 4-SV, 0-BB, 13-K, .273 Opp BA, 1.08 WHIP

 

Overall

Register Pitching
Year Lev W L ERA G GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP BB9 SO9
2018 AA 1 1 6.75 8 1 0 10.2 20 11 8 0 8 5 2.625 6.8 4.2
2018 A+ 1 0 4.96 12 7 2 16.1 22 10 9 0 5 23 1.653 2.8 12.7
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/24/2018.

Fangraphs

AA

4.22 K/9, .435 BABIP, 60.7 LOB%, 4.61 FIP, and 5.15 xFIP

Advanced-A

12.67 K/9, .449 BABIP, 63.0 LOB%, 1.52 FIP, and 2.63 xFIP

 

Closing

Each of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats relief pitchers has a good chance of joining the Buffalo Bisons bullpen at some time over the next two and a half months. Despite not being flame-throwing relievers, each one has shown the ability to pitch effectively with the game on the line. Off all the relievers listed above, I think Travis Bergen has the best chance of reaching the major leagues in 2018.

 

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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.