In the upcoming weeks, the Jays may be adding two players to their 40-man roster.
Although the 40-man is currently full, both Hyun-Jin Ryu and Chad Green will need to be placed on the 60-day Injured List, freeing up two spots. The question is, which players will the Jays add to the 40-man roster? Let’s look at a few internal options:
Before the cancelled Rule 5 draft early in 2022, Bowden Francis, among others, was added to the Blue Jays 40-man roster. In fact, he actually pitched two thirds of an inning with the Jays early in the 2022 season, posting a 0 ERA and 0.11 FIP with a 33.3 K%.
Looking at a larger sample size which is his time with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, he had a 6.59 ERA and 6.02 FIP in 98.1 innings pitched, with a 24.3 K% and a 9.5 BB%. That doesn’t really tell the entire story though, as from July 6th onwards, he had a 4.47 ERA and a 3.42 FIP in 46.1 innings pitched. His K% also increased to 29.8%, while his BB% dropped to 8.3%.
Here are Bowden Francis (@Bowdenpoint0)’s strikeout and whiffs from his Jan 2 game.
4 P, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K.
Rocking a 1.51 ERA, 34.6 K% and a 6.6 BB% in 35.2 innings pitched in the Puerto Rican Winter League!#BlueJays pic.twitter.com/HnCvLNTKHA
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) January 5, 2023
Francis continued to pitch well in the Puerto Rican Winter League, where he had a 1.51 ERA in 35.2 innings pitched. His …
Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation