Looking at the internal depth of starting pitching, and why the Blue Jays may need to make a trade

The Jays may need to look for a starter before the trade deadline.

The starting depth on the Blue Jays has been tested due to Hyun-Jin Ryu’ second stint on the Injury List. Not just that, but Yusei Kikuchi has put up less than desirable results, despite showing flashes of brilliance this season.
If there is another injury in the starting rotation, it’s possible that the Jays’ season could head in the wrong direction.
This will be a two part series, with the first article focusing on the internal options the Jays could look at. The second article will focus on a specific team the Jays could trade with.
There are a few starting pitchers with the Buffalo Bisons that could be called up in the case of an emergency.
Bowden Francis:
Acquired along with Trevor Richards for Rowdy Tellez, Francis is a 26-year-old righty on the 40-man roster. This season, he has posted an 8.25 ERA and 8.10 FIP in 36 innings pitched with the Bisons. He has struggled with control, as he has a 5.85 BB/9 and 8.75 K/9.
However, he had a successful 2021 with the Triple A team, posting a 4.19 ERA and 5.65 FIP in 73 innings pitched.  Francis’ BB/9 last season was significantly lower at 3.82.
Prior to the trade in 2021, he  pitched for Milwaukee’s Triple A team, where he posted a 3.49 ERA and 3.78 FIP in 38.2 innings pitched, so the track record is there. Has Francis just been unlucky this season?
Francis pitched 0.2 innings with the Jays ea …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

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