Never truly considered a top prospect for the Blue Jays, T.J. Zeuch made his MLB debut Tuesday night in Atlanta against the Braves and demonstrated why he’s been growing his prospect clout throughout this year.
He had to be put on the 40-man roster this winter anyways, or else he would be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, but he’s well worth the spot just by his performance in Triple-A Buffalo.
Zeuch won’t overpower pitchers and strike a ton out — only averaged 4.50 K/9 through the season — but he was able to keep a 3.69 ERA through 78 innings for the Bisons.
The key to his year in Buffalo was the insane amount of groundballs he was able to get and hopefully rely on some stellar infield defence. His 57.1 GB% was the third-most across all Triple-A pitchers with at least 70 innings pitched. And that rate continued into the majors, as Zeuch had a total of six groundballs through his four innings Tuesday night.
Unfortunately for him, Wilmer Font’s opening appearance — that usually goes without any major damage — gave the Braves a 2-0 lead with Zeuch heading to the mound in the second. Already down, he was depended on to …
Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation