Top pitching prospect Ricky Tiedemann promoted to High A Vancouver

According to Shi Davidi, 24-year-old right-handed pitcher Yosver Zulueta and 19-year-old left handed pitcher Ricky Tiedemann are being called up to High A Vancouver.

Rumblings are that Blue Jays prospects Yosver Zulueta and Ricky Tiedemann are being promoted to high-A Vancouver from low-A Dunedin after latest dominant outings.
Zulueta K’d 10 in 4.2 innings Thursday while Tiedemann K’d 10 in 5 innings last night.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 14, 2022

Yosver Zulueta:
Zulueta was an international free agent who signed in 2019, this is the 24-year-olds first full season. In June 2019, he underwent Tommy John surgery, missing the rest of that season as well as 2020.
After just three pitches in 2021, he tore his ACL, missing the entirety of his age 23 season. Which leads us to 2022.
The sample size is small, but he’s looked fantastic in his 12 innings pitched. He has a 3.00 ERA, but a much better FIP of 1.32. His BB/9 sits at 2.25, while his K/9 sits at an incredible 17.25. Interestingly, he had also balked four times and has hit four batters, while only walking three batters.

I don’t reckon he’ll be in Low A for long lol. pic.twitter.com/CunBsEhEUz
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) April 28, 2022

Now, the domination is to be expected as it’s a man against boys, as Class A players tend to be teenagers. However, he has a 70 grade fastball according to both MLB Pipeline and Fangraphs, as it touches 100 mph with movement.

Men against boys out there. Zulu’s slider paired with his high 90s/low 100s fastball is DANGEROUS. pic.twitter.com/XGH7JICcws
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) April 28, 2022

MLB Pipeline also notes “It’s not out of the question that he sky …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Pre-2022 Blue Jays Top Prospects Countdown – No. 18: Hagen Danner

Today’s prospect is right-handed pitcher Hagen Danner, who ranks as the 18th best prospect in the Blue Jays system. The sky is the limit for the 23-year-old catcher who was converted into a pitcher, as he had an incredibly successful 2021 with the potential to have an even better 2022.

Background:
Before being drafted in the second round of the 2017 MLB draft, Danner played high school ball as a pitcher/catcher. The Jays selected him with the 61st pick and for the first three seasons of his professional career, Hagen played as a catcher.
Unlike his pitching numbers which we’ll get to, Danner’s numbers at the plate weren’t fantastic. In 580 plate appearances as a batter, Hagen registered a slash line of .191/.280/.633 with 16 home runs. In the last season before the pandemic, Danner hit 12 of his 16 home runs for the Lansing Lugnuts at the A level.
After the 2019 season, Danner made the decision to return to pitching for the 2021 season, which begs the question, how did he do?
Danner’s 2021:
I had the opportunity to ask Danner a few questions for my first article on him in August (which you can read here). I asked him what the transition back to pitching was like and he responded “Kinda like riding a bike”.
In fact, despite not pitching competitively since 2017, Hagen made it seem like he was playing on easy mode in the show. In 35.2 innings pitched as a reliever, the 23 …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Remembering Blue Jays Legend Francisco Liriano

After spending 14 seasons in the majors, pitcher Francisco Liriano officially announced his retirement from professional baseball Monday, putting a wrap on his lengthy career in Major League Baseball.

Francisco Liriano is retiring, agent Mike Maulini tells FanSided. https://t.co/6nIFDMtS71
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) January 17, 2022

While Liriano spent the majority of his playing days between the Minnesota Twins (2005-2012) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2013-2016), the 38-year-old joined the Toronto Blue Jays for a couple of partial seasons from 2016-2017 – including their post-season run in ’16.
Though he’s certainly not one of the more notable hurlers that have ever thrown for this organization, however, the left-hander still enjoyed some memorable highlights during his brief time pitching north of the border.
First and foremost, there was that glorious trade involving the Pirates that brought Liriano to the Blue Jays – along with prospects Reese McGuire and Harold Ramirez – in exchange for Drew Hutchison and financial relief. Granted, this club retained just over $8.5 million of the remaining $39 million that was left owing on his contract, although that proved to be worthwhile in the end.
Looking back, this transaction remains one of the best trades ever made under the Mark Shapiro/Ross Atkins era. With that in mind, it’s time to explore the most meaningful moments of Liriano’s tenure in blue and white.
Liriano Earns 2nd Career Win With Blue Jays 
Normally, a pitcher’s first win with a new franchise is usually the one most fans remember the most, but in Liriano’s case, his second victory with Toronto proved to be more satisfying than his first.
Making his ninth appearance since being acquired at the 2016 trade deadline …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Ryan Borucki is back with the Blue Jays

The Blue Jays’ game of pitcher musical chairs continued on Monday, as the team sent Trent Thornton to Triple-A in order to open up room to recall Ryan Borucki.

ROSTER MOVES:
LHP Ryan Borucki recalled from Triple-A
RHP Trent Thornton optioned to Triple-A pic.twitter.com/wVdKhASOP8
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 13, 2021

Thornton, who was once in the mix as one of Charlie Montoyo’s high-leverage arms, has been relegated to mop-up duty. He was sent down at the end of August after some ugly outings and got called up for Sunday’s series finale in Baltimore and was immediately after allowing two earned runs over two innings of work against the Orioles.
Borucki has been in Triple-A since early August. He missed most of May, all of June, and half of July due to a forearm strain and was activated shortly after the All-Star break. In seven appearances over roughly a month after that injury, Borucki tossed six innings and allowed five earned runs on six hits and four walks. He also surrendered three home runs.
His stint in Triple-A has been up and down, as he’s tossed five outings, three of which were scoreless and two of …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Robbie Ray: “Don’t be concerned about where we play, just be concerned about the guys in the clubhouse”

Robbie Ray was given $8,000,000 by the Blue Jays to be a pitcher, but he’s also doing a little PR work on the side.

The newly-signed Ray held a media availability over Zoom on Monday in which he talked about his decision to stick around in Toronto (Buffalo? Somewhere???). Ray noted that he fit in very well with the club right off the hop and that he liked the idea of a one-year deal because he could rebuild his value and test free agency again next winter. Pretty standard stuff.
The most interesting part of the interview, though, was Ray’s response to what he would tell other free agents when it comes to the uncertainty around where the Blue Jays would play next season. To that, Ray suggested not to worry about it and to instead worry about the group the Blue Jays have in their clubhouse and on their staff.
“Don’t be concerned about where we play, just be concerned about the guys in the clubhouse, the staff that we have,” Ray said. “The coaching staff, the training staff, they’re all top-notch. This team is really good.”
This is definitely a nice thing to hear. We’ …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Jordan Romano is back with the Blue Jays

Just as Travis Bergen — the other pitcher plucked out of the Rule 5 Draft from the Blue Jays system — is returned to Toronto, Jordan Romano is coming back to the big leagues after an injury stint.

Jordan Romano will join the Bluejays here tonight. Ken Giles departs on paternity leave.
— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) August 22, 2019

Romano, 26, will be joining the Blue Jays in Los Angeles tonight, as they try to prevent the sweep against the Dodgers.
The Canadian reliever was a 10th-round pick by the Blue Jays back in 2014 and has steadily risen throughout their system until being selected by the Texas Rangers last December. He never appeared for his new club, but has since been able to keep a steady diet of strikeouts, whether it be with the Triple-A Bisons or the Blue Jays.
He has pitched a total of 37 and 2/3 innings for the Bisons, where he has been able to strike-out 53 batters and walk 14, while keeping a 5.73 ERA. Not the best run prevention ever, but some juicy totals when it comes to punching hitters out.
In his short 5 and 1/3 innings with the Blue Jays, it’s more of the same. He’s been able to strikeout 11 major-league hitters in that …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

Ryan Borucki heading to Injured List, bad luck continues

Another week, another Blue Jays pitcher is going to the 10-day IL. Just before the seams of the trade deadline burst wide open, Ryan Borucki will be missing some time with elbow inflammation.

Borucki went out and threw and he’s not feeling right. He’s going on the IL with left elbow inflammation. #BlueJays
— Gregor Chisholm (@GregorChisholm) July 31, 2019

After making his return from the 60-day IL with an elbow injury suffered during spring he has made two starts but looks like he might be just simply shutdown for the rest of the season with this reoccurring problem.
Since this season is lost any way, it could be understandable to just have one of the better young pitchers on the roster right now take the rest of the year to get healthy, hopefully returning next season where this team hopes to be at least slightly better.
In those two starts this season, Borucki through 6 and 2/3 innings allowed 15 hits and 8 earned runs. The beginning signs were solid — making his season debut against a powerful Cleveland team and pitching through 4 and 2/3 innings he allowed only two earned runs but seven hits and walked four while striking-out three. He followed that up with an unfortunate …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays trade David Phelps to Cubs

Signed as a free agent this winter, pitcher David Phelps is heading to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor-league pitcher Thomas Hatch.

#BlueJays are acquiring Thomas Hatch from #Cubs for David Phelps, per industry source
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) July 30, 2019

Phelps, 32, was a buy-low candidate for the Blue Jays after he had to get Tommy John surgery last year and last pitched in the majors for the 2017 Mariners. He made his return to the big leagues in mid-June for the Jays and was steady in the bullpen since then.
Through 17 games and 17 and 1/3 innings pitched, Phelps struck-out 18 but walked a total of seven batters, the former Yankees draft pick also allowed a total of three home runs in that short amount of time. He had a 3.63 ERA for Toronto.
The player the Blue Jays are getting back in this swap is 24-year-old starter Thomas Hatch. Currently in Double-A, the righty has made a total of 21 starts for an even 100 innings. In those innings, Hatch has a total of 93 strikeouts and 37 walks and has a total of 51 earned runs, for a 4.59 ERA.

Hatch holds consistent FB velo, with a 2S in low-90s and 4S in 92-94 range as a SP …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

Nobody wants to pitch to Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

No pitcher wants to become a footnote in the story of Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s career. Nobody wants to have their name as the answer to this eventual Jeopardy question: “Which Major League pitcher gave up Vladdy’s first big league home run?”
After one week in the big leagues, five games, Vladdy’s received only a handful of pitches to hit. Through 18 at-bats, he’s been fed nothing but a steady diet of breaking balls. It shouldn’t come as much surprise that opponents are cautiously pitching to Guerrero, but the sheer lack of hittable pitches is noteworthy.
While he’s given a ride to a few pitches thus far, Guerrero has yet to really get ahold of a ball. During his very first game in Toronto, he mis-hit a ball to the warning track. The hardest hit ball of his career remains that 106.8 MPH ground out to first base in his MLB debut.
Everyone’s patiently waiting for Vladdy to display his light-tower power from double-A and triple-A, but the kid needs a pitch to hit, first. Pitchers around the league don’t want their namesake associated with allowing the first home run of Guerrero’s career.
He’ …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation