Ryan Borucki Is Easily One Of The Brightest Points Heading Into This Season, But He Still Has Lots Of Room To Grow Before He’s Ready To Becomes A Key Part Of The Blue Jays Future Plans
Ryan Borucki made his MLB-debut last June with the Blue Jays, and quickly started gaining a lot of attention within the Blue Jays organization. The Blue Jays had a lot of uncertainty around the depth of their starting pitching before Borucki came onto the scene last season. However, heading into this season the Blue Jays front office believe that he could use some further developing. Which is why they’re considering sending him down to triple-A.
It’s not a question of if he’s ready to pitch at the major-league level yet. It’s more about giving him more time to perfect his pitches at a level where there’s less amounts of stress and pressure at. Which is why the Blue Jays will likely assign him to triple-A to start the season. However, his time with the Buffalo Bisons will likely only last a month or two. This is because once he develops his pitches more effectively, the Blue Jays would then call him up and based on performance, they would then decide which pitcher had to go to create that open roster spot.
Borucki has multiple areas where he can improve to make himself a more well-rounded pitcher in the MLB. His pitch usage is the first area he will need to continue to work on throughout this season. The soon to be 25-year-old’s pitch usage has drastically changed since he first made his debut.
Earlier on, Borucki was basically a two-pitch pitcher. In his first game, Borucki used his fastball 66.32%, his change-up 27.37% and his slider only 6.32%. So, the left-hander was too predictable with his pitches. But, he was able to adjust over those next two months, which lead to struggling period for Borucki. But, it then allowed him to be the best version of himself so far in the MLB when the calendar turned to September.
In the month of September, Borucki utilized his fastball 56.43%, his slider 25.31% and his change-up 18.26%. His new pitch usage allowed him to record a 2.65 ERA and a 0.912 WHIP in five games. These usages that Borucki was using in September, showed exactly what kind of pitcher he’s capable of developing into.
Borucki would also benefit by using his change-up more frequently as his strikeout pitch. In the month of September, batters hit .087 off of his change-up. His change-up also had the highest whiff percentage of all three of his pitches. So, he should be able to create more strikeouts and raise his SO9, if he uses his change-up more often in those opportunities.
Although, he still does rely on his fastball too much. While batters only hit a 0.193 BA against his fastball in September. Batters hit .312 off his fastball in the other months of the season. So, Borucki would benefit from developing a fourth pitch. Even if he only uses it 5% of the time, it will give him another pitch to fool batters with, while also making his fastball more effective as well.
Adding a fourth pitch would also push his whiff percentage on his fastball higher as well. When Borucki’s fastball usage was at 56.43% in September, it had a season-high whiff percentage of 4.78%. So, with a fourth pitch added that would mean his fastball usage would decrease, but it would then generate more whiffs.
September was the best version of Borucki so far. But, he’s still a young pitcher that has areas he will need to improve before he can become a long-term part of the Blue Jays pitching staff. While everyone would like to see him start the season with the Blue Jays. It will be more beneficial for Borucki to start at triple-A and further fine tune his pitches and usage of them. So when he does come up, he can pick off where he left off in September last season.
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My name is Thomas Hall. I’m a former graduate of Sheridan College. I’ve been writing for just over 2 years. My most recent writing stint came at The Sporster. I’m also a massive sports fan, obviously baseball and the Blue Jays are No. 1 for me. But, football, basketball and hockey aren’t far behind.