Join Jays From the Couch in highlighting three outstanding minor league pitchers who have been on fire over the last 30 days.
Taking a quick look at the cumulative stats of the last 30 days, with a focus on the pitcher, I picked three pitchers which are worth a closer look.
Sean Reid-Foley is a name many Blue Jay fans are quickly becoming familiar with. The former 2nd round selection of the 2014 Draft has put together an extremely good 2018 season after struggling in 2017. He was promoted and added to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons rotation on May 24th.
Over the past month, SRF is one of the more successful pitchers in the system. He has struck out more batters (44) than any other Blue Jays pitcher. Reid-Foley has demonstrated excellent control with just 14 walks surrendered in 36.1 innings. In the six starts he’s made over this period, Sean Reid-Foley has picked up 4 wins, took one loss, and one ND.
Not including his June 15th start which did not fall within the 30-day window mentioned above.
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The right-handed starter has held opponents to a .214 Opp BA and owns a 1.16 WHIP as he is making it very hard to be ignored as a possible September call-up or replacement for a one of the JA Happ or Marco Estrada as we near the trade deadline.
If you aren’t familiar with Yennsy Diaz, read here and here. The 21-yr-old right-handed starting pitcher began the season as part of the Lansing rotation but after 9 starts he owned a record of 5-1 and 2.08 ERA. The native of the Dominican Republic was promoted on May 22nd and hasn’t looked out of place in 9 games.
Unlike Sean Reid-Foley, Diaz has not posted impressive strikeout numbers over the last 30 days with 20 K’s in 26.0 innings. In 5 starts, Diaz owns a 3-0 record with a tidy 2.42 ERA. while holding opponents to a .196 batting average and surrendering 4 walks. This has allowed him to post a sparkling 0.85 WHIP.
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With 96.2 innings so far in 2018, Diaz has already surpassed his previous career high in innings pitched (77.0); therefore, may have to be shut down before the end of the season. Until then, we can expect Diaz to remain with the Dunedin Blue Jays for the rest of the season.
The 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher finished 2017 on the DL as a member of the Lansing Lugnuts. He returned to Lansing as a bullpen piece, proving valuable innings both as a multi-inning and late-inning reliever. After posting a 4.91 ERA in seven April appearances, Weatherly had a much better May with a 1.93 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. Weatherly has improved from month-to-month lowering his WHIP from 1.36 in April to 1.29 in May to 1.06 in June.
Over the past 30 days, Kyle Weatherly has thrown 18 innings across 8 appearances. Each appearance during this period was 2 or 3 innings in length with 62 being the most pitches he’s thrown in a single outing. Weatherly picked up a win and a save with a 1.00 ERA. Weatherly struck out under a batter per inning with 14 but walked just 6 while posting a 0.94 WHIP.
He did not allow a run between June 17 and July 11 where he made 7 appearances in relief. Weatherly saw his ERA drop from 4.45 to 2.84 with 16 scoreless innings. The former 8th round selection walked just 3 batters and struck out 13 batters during this scoreless streak.
Not including July 15th appearance.
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A little old for A-Ball, Weatherly has a chance of finishing the year with the D-Jays but I’d expect him to remain in Lansing for the rest of the season.
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