It’s difficult keeping track of the current roster of the Blue Jays Triple-A team, listed below are player transactions between July 1st and July 4th.
Most Triple-A rosters are extremely fluid. The Blue Jays continue to call down to the farm as they look for reserve infielders, bullpen arms, and starting pitchers. It seems, for now, that the Blue Jays outfield situation is stable which means Anthony Alford and Dwight Smith Jr. won’t be heading north until an injury or trade is made.
Up to Toronto
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was recalled on July 2nd. This will be the 24-yr-old utility player’s 3rd stint with Toronto after making his Major League debut on April 20th, 2018. At the time of the recall, Lourdes was coming off a June in which he batted .259 with five doubles and two home runs. Lourdes has yet to develop the plate discipline required to be an everyday player, walking just 3 times while striking out 31 times in 34 games at Triple-A.
Down to Buffalo
Darnell Sweeney was optioned back to Buffalo on July 2nd after having his contract selected by Toronto on June 29th. He appeared in one game with Toronto but did not register an at-bat. He will return to Buffalo taking a somewhat regular turn in the Bisons lineup, playing 2B, SS, and LF. He had a decent June with a .825 OPS, a pair of doubles, a triple, three homers, and 9-RBI in 19 games.
Gio Urshela was outrighted to Buffalo on July 3rd after being designated for assignment on June 26th. Urshela was traded to Toronto by Cleveland on May 9th for a player to be named later. Gio appeared in 19 games with Toronto hitting just .233 with a double, a HR, and 3 RBI. Gio will join Jason Leblebijian, Tim Lopes, Richard Urena, and Gift Ngoepe in Buffalo’s infield.
Up to Buffalo
Matt Tracy was assigned on July 1st and will be making Buffalo Bisons debut. The 29-yr-old lefty starter signed as a free agent on February 25th, 2018. He’s only pitched 5.2 innings with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, all after June 19th.
Craig Breslow was assigned to Buffalo from New Hampshire on July 2nd. The 37-yr-old lefty reliever spent much of 2018 on the disabled list, being activated on June 23rd. With the Fisher Cats, Breslow posted a record of 1-1 with a 5.09 ERA, striking out 8 and walking 9 in 11 appearances. Breslow will join Jose Fernandez as the only lefties in the Bisons bullpen. They should resign Chad Girodo.
Down to New Hampshire
Al Alburquerque was released on July 2nd after signing as a free agent on January 25th, 2018. The 32-yr-old right-handed reliever didn’t have a June, posting a record of 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA in 9 appearances over 11.1IP. Overall, Al finishes his Bisons career with a record of 1-1, 3.77 ERA, 4 saves in 7 opportunities, 8/27 BB/ K, a .147 WHIP, and allowed opponents to bat .301. Good luck Al.
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