Despite poor start in Grapefruit finale, T.J. Zeuch has made the Blue Jays’ roster

T.J. Zeuch will be a member of the Blue Jays’ pitching staff when the team breaks camp.

The Blue Jays reportedly told Zeuch before he took the mound in Monday afternoon’s Grapefruit finale that was the case.
He then went ahead and laid an egg against the Phillies, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and a walk over the course of three innings. Let’s hope he’s just getting all of the bad out now before pitching in an actual game later this week!
Jokes aside, I would imagine that the Blue Jays told Zeuch before the game that he didn’t have to go out there and prove anything on the mound today so he took it a bit easy and that played into the ugly outing. I don’t know. Maybe that’s optimistic and he just isn’t that good.
Regardless, Zeuch is going to start the season with the team, and I would assume he’s taking Robbie Ray’s spot in the starting rotation for now. It’s either that or he’s going to be in the team’s bullpen as a guy who can munch innings in the event …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs Training Camp: Duszak added to the roster, Engvall replaces Kerfoot

With a key member of the Leafs sidelined with an injury, an opening made way for Joseph Duszak to be added to the training camp roster.

Defenceman Joseph Duszak has been added to the @MapleLeafs training camp roster. https://t.co/235jV0lsYK
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 6, 2021

The 23-year-old defenceman has been part of the Leafs organization since the 2018-19 season where he’s been spending his time developing in the minors. Duszak split the past year between the Newfoundland Growlers and Toronto Marlies where he recorded 35 points in 34 ECHL games along with 18 points in 23 AHL games.
He wasn’t listed in TLN’s prospect rankings but remains an intriguing option for the blueline as either a fringe player or a piece in a trade. His chances of making the Leafs roster this season are extremely slim, but perhaps he can try and impress the coaching staff enough to reassure them that his development is going well.
Kerfoot out, Engvall in
@Alexander Kerfoot remains out of commission for the time being, meaning Pierre Engvall has been moved to the NHL group for the first scrimmage session that will take place this afternoon. 
 

We’ve got ourselves a scrimmage pic.twitter. …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

William Nylander isn’t going anywhere (so please, stop the madness)

If pundits are to be believed, William Nylander’s time as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs is dangerously close to its end.
We’ve been hearing about this since last year. There were constant radio hits declaring him as lazy, or selfish, or short-sighted, or soft. He was too self-centred to be a part of a team that just needed him to take a nice discount, and teams were told to prepare offers to get him off of Toronto’s hands.
Now, we’ve all but come full circle. Even though Nylander has 11 points in 16 games, fits in perfectly as a secondary face-off taker in the Maple Leafs’ top six, and is a phenomenal play driver for Toronto, we’re back on our bullshit as a collective internet community.
It’s only been a year since Nylander was on the mythical trading block for his extended contract negotiations, but he’s back on the Narnia block once again — this time, inexplicably, to make room for Zach Hyman.

“Once Hyman’s back, if Nylander is not shopped I’m going to be really surprised.”@mikezigomanis thinks the #Leafs could be making a big move in the near future @ScottyMacThinks @SmrtAsh.#LeafsForever | # …

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Author: Cat Silverman / The Leafs Nation