Join Jays From the Couch as we highlight three Blue Jays starting pitching prospects who performed well in the month of May.
I must admit, I am not a big Shawn Morimando supporter; however, you got to give credit when credit is due. The 26-yr-old was released from the Cleveland organization last July and the Blue Jays (obvious ties to Cleveland) scooped him up, signing him as a minor league free-agent. The left-handed starter, selected in the 19th round of the 2011 draft threw just 51.1 innings in 2018, finishing with a record of 2-6 with a 5.26ERA at Triple-A.
Morimando returned to Buffalo to start the 2019 season; unfortunately, the results were not pretty. The native of Canandaigua, NY., went 0-2 with 12.56ERA in April, allowing 29 hits (.426 Opp BA) and 5 home runs over 14.1IP (5 games). On the plus side, Shawn struck out 20 batters.
He was much better in May, posting a record of 2-1 with a 4.09ERA in 6 starts. Opponents batting average dropped to .221. Morimando allowed 27 hits over 33.0 while walking 14 batters for a 1.24WHIP. Home runs continued to be a problem, surrendering 6 for the month.
Over the last 30 days, Shawn Morimando has pitched the most inning in the system, going 2-2 with a 3.67ERA and 1.28WHIP. He’s struck out 32 batters in 34.1IP.
Overall, Morimando’s stats are still not great. He owns a 6.41ERA with a 5.78FIP and 5.23xFIP. His 17.7% HR/FB needs a lot of work, as does his 1.86HR/9. He’s generated a 9.45K/9 but is walking 3.88/9IP. Fortunately, Shawn Morimando is trending in the right direction and could be a nice SP/RP depth lefty.
The 25-yr-old out of Placerville, CA was selected in the 10th round of the 2017 Draft by the Blue Jays. In 2018, Dillon received time in Dunedin, Buffalo, Dunedin, Buffalo, and New Hampshire……basically, he was utilized as an org arm.
Dillon was given a little more stability in 2019; unfortunately, it wasn’t in New Hampshire but in Dunedin. The right-hander is being overshadowed in Dunedin by Nick Allgeyer and Maximo Castillo but he is quietly putting together a very nice season.
In April, Justin Dillon made 5 starts, throwing 26.1IP. He allowed 25 hits with just 5 walks for a 1.14WHIP while winning 2 games and zero loses. Dillon made 5 more starts in May, posting 3.86ERA with 1.36WHIP but collected 2 more wins with just one loss.
Overall, the 6-foot-3 righty has a 3.66ERA to go with a 4.23FIP and 3.3oxFIP. He owns a .295BABIP with a 1.14WHIP while holding opponents to a .251BA. Dillon is striking out 7.93/9IP and walking 1.68/9IP. Unfortunately, like many of the Blue Jays pitchers, Justin Dillon has struggled to keep the ball in the park, allowing 8HRA (13.8% HR/FB).
The 24-yr-old former 2017 31st round selection was recently promoted to Buffalo, for what I assume will be a spot start. Spraker had a nice season in 2018 as a member of the Lansing Lugnuts rotation, posting a record of 4-3 with a 3.26ERA. He spent some time on the IL between May and July but did enough to get an assignment with the Dunedin Blue Jays in 2019.
The Blue Jays had Spraker piggy-backing with Nate Pearson during the first month (four starts). As a reliever, Graham posted a 1-0 record and 2.70ERA with one save, 5 walks, and 14K in 16.2IP. He started 5 games with the D-Jays in May, going 2-2 with a 1.95ERA, walking 5 batters and striking out 20 over 27.2IP.
Graham Spraker received a promotion to Buffalo (likely a spot start) on June 6th. He acquitted himself very well, throwing 5.1 innings, allowing a run on three hits while walking 2 and striking out 5. Buffalo’s rotation is a mess at the moment, so it would be nice to see Spraker hang around for a little and have success.
Overall, Spraker has a record of 4-2 with a 2.10ERA. As a member of the D-Jays, Spraker owned a 3.68FIP and 3.77xFIP, striking out 6.62/9IP and walking 2.15/9IP. The righty is doing a better job of keeping the ball on the ground with 45.5GB% and 35.2FB%. He’s also done a nice job keeping the ball in the park, sporting 5.9HR/FB, and 0.54 HR/9.
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