Grapefruit Notes: Hot start for Rowdy, Nate Pearson dazzles in debut, and more!

The Blue Jays played three games over the last couple of days, winning against the Braves and splitting their split-squad games against the Yankees and Phillies. The three games featured some big offensive performances and some exciting pitcher debuts. Let’s get into it!

Things worth mentioning…
Shun Yamaguchi made his North American debut on Monday against the Braves and it went, uh, not well. Yamaguchi lasted just two-thirds of an inning, allowing three earned runs on three hits while walking and hitting a batter. It’s just spring, so it doesn’t really mean much, but Yamaguchi’s command was all over the grid. As Keegan Matheson notes, Yamaguchi is dealing with adjusting to the North American ball, which is slightly bigger than the one he’s used to throwing in Japan.
The three runs surrendered by Yamaguchi would be the only ones allowed by the Blue Jays’ pitching staff on the day as eight relievers threw scoreless frames. Ken Giles had an easy inning, Anthony Bass struck out two in his inning, and non-roster hopefuls Ty Tice, Travis Bergen, and Justin Miller all had solid outings.
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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