Bullpens are volatile by their very nature, but the cast of characters assembled at Blue Jays spring training might be the most volatile motley crew in recent memory.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet mentioned this last week during his appearance on Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s “Writer’s Bloc”, but the bridge from the starter to Ken Giles is uncertain for Blue Jays. “I don’t know how they’re going to get the ball on a consistent basis protecting a lead from the starter to Ken Giles at this point,” Davidi said.
Yesterday’s signing of Marc Rzepczynski underscores how the Blue Jays’ bullpen is anything but a finished product.
Other than the aforementioned Giles and Anthony Bass, there are zero relievers who have pitched the last two seasons exclusively out of the bullpen. Sam Gaviglio, Wilmer Font, Thomas Pannone and A.J. Cole were all starters during the 2018 season and some of them picked up starts in 2019.
We’re not talking bona fide shutdown relievers, the Blue Jays have a lot of reclamation projects and recently converted starters-to-relievers on their bullpen depth chart. There are no shortage of …
Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation