The clock is seemingly ticking on reliever Ryan Borucki’s tenure with the Toronto Blue Jays.
For any player without a minor-league option, as is the case with Borucki, front offices will usually exhaust every last resource before having to designate them for assignment. And that time could be coming very soon for the Blue Jays hurler.
Heading into the 2022 season, Toronto was hoping to utilize the 28-year-old as its second left-handed reliever next to Tim Mayza. But that plan hasn’t worked out thus far. Instead, we’ve witnessed the former 15th-round pick from 2012 struggle mightily on the mound for a second straight campaign.
A season ago, Borucki performed to a 4.94 ERA, 4.54 xERA, 5.66 FIP and a -0.3 fWAR rating through 23 2/3 innings in 24 appearances. Unfortunately, his results have been far worse in ’22. So far, he carries a miserable 9.95 ERA, 8.19 xERA, 7.56 FIP and a -0.3 fWAR rating across 6 1/3 inning over 11 appearances.
One of the biggest issues the left-hander has faced early on is not throwing nearly enough strikes. He currently owns a 39.4 per cent zone percentage and a 45.5 per cent first-pitch strike percentage – the lowest of his career. This has largely resulted in his career-worst …
Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation