There’s something beautiful expecting to be disappointed and then surprised about just some solid average production. That essentially sums up Jacob Waguespack’s tenure with the Blue Jays so far.
When acquired from the Phillies in a deadline day deal for Aaron Loup, it was initially seen as a win just to get anyone back for a reliever that most likely wasn’t long for this club anyways. At that time, he was pitching in his first season in Triple-A as a 24-year-old and one year later, he’s suddenly thrust into one of the top spots of the Blue Jays rotation.
It essentially wasn’t an earned position — there just wasn’t many polished starters in the Jays system this year beyond some veterans and the established Stroman and Sanchez being hopeful for a comeback season. When those free agent veterans like Clay Buchholz, Matt Shoemaker, and Edwin Jackson were either injured or just downright terrible, there really was no one left.
Now with both Sanchez and Stroman gone, the team has turned to Waguespack to do some work in the rotation and he’s certainly done that. He won’t ever provide that jaw-dropping strikeout or insane …
Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation