Blue Jays acquire pitcher Jeremy Beasley from the Diamondbacks, Thomas Hatch goes to the 60-day Injured List

The Blue Jays have added some pitching depth.

The team announced today that they’ve acquired right-handed pitcher Jeremy Beasley from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Beasley had been designated for assignment earlier this week. In a corresponding roster move, the team has moved Thomas Hatch from the 10-day Injured List to the 60-day Injured List, which opens up Beasley’s spot on the 40-man roster.
So, who is this guy? Good question!
When searching “Jeremy Beasley Scouting Report,” the best report I could find was one from last January when he was traded from the L.A. Angels to Arizona for Matt Andriese. The report suggests that Beasley is most likely an option for a team’s bullpen…
Beasley spent the bulk of 2019 at Double-A, as well as making three starts at Triple-A, though it’s hard to call him impressive at either level:

Double-A (108.2 IP) – 4.06 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 8.45 K/9, 3.48 BB/9
Triple-A (13.2 IP) – 7.90 ERA, 1.83 WHIP, 8.56 K/9, 3.95 BB/9

He did show an ability to miss bats, with a 13.8% SwStr% overall, but both his control and groundball rate (45.8%) were lackluster.  That, along with a limited arsenal, make you think that his future lies in the bullpen.  Here’s what Baseball America said about his …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Another pitcher bites the dust

We’ve got yet another injury to the Blue Jays pitching staff. This time, it’s T.J. Zeuch.

Zeuch has been placed on the 10-day Injured List with right shoulder tendinitis and Santiago Espinal has been called up from the Alternate Training Site in a subsequent move.
That means that the Blue Jays currently have Kirby Yates, Patrick Murphy, Ross Stripling, Jordan Romano, Tyler Chatwood, Julian Merryweather, Nate Pearson, and Tom Hatch on the Injured List among pitchers on the 40-man roster. Only Elvis Luciano, Ty Tice, and Travis Bergen remain as pitchers on the 40-man who aren’t currently either injured or on the active roster.
Zeuch hasn’t exactly been all that good this year, as he’s allowed nine earned runs over 12 innings of work and he’s walked more guys than he’s struck out, but the fact pitchers are dropping like flies is obviously worrying. Of course, this isn’t just a Blue Jays thing so save your ‘hurrr durrrr more like the low-performance department!!!’ jokes. This is a thing all around baseball and it likely has to do with last season being significantly shorter than normal seasons.
Anyway, that’s eight pitchers on …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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

Kirby Yates is injured. Who should close games for the Blue Jays in the meantime?

The Blue Jays pitching staff has suffered another injury.

With Nate Pearson and Thomas Hatch already dealing with issues, word came out on Monday that Kirby Yates, Toronto’s expected closer, had suffered a flexor-pronator (in the forearm, close to the elbow) strain in his right arm. That doesn’t sound good!

Kirby Yates has been diagnosed with a flexor-pronator strain in his right arm, the #BlueJays tell us.
He’s expected to miss “multiple weeks.”
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) March 22, 2021

The word as of right now is that Yates will miss “multiple weeks,” which is fairly vague but clearly gives the indication that we shouldn’t expect him back any time soon. It’s also a very worrying injury given the fact Yates made just six appearances in 2021 before undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his throwing elbow, so let’s hope this doesn’t evolve into something bigger.
So, what now?
The Blue Jays came into the 2020 season with Ken Giles pencilled in as their closer but, of course, he got injured three games into the season and didn’t pitch again. With Giles out, the Blue Jays used a combination of Anthony Bass, Rafael Dolis, Jordan Romano, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

It looks like Nate Pearson won’t be ready for the start of the season

The Blue Jays’ starting pitching depth will be put to the test early on, it seems.

Mark Shapiro appeared on The Fan590 with Scott MacArthur on Tuesday morning and he mentioned that it’s “hard to see” Nate Pearson being ready for when the team travels north opens up the season in Dunedin come April. As of right now, Shapiro said, Ross Stripling will be the one to replace Pearson in the Blue Jays’ starting rotation.
Pearson suffered a groin injury during his first spring outing last week and it’ll take a few weeks for him to get back on the mound. Given the fact opening day is just over three weeks away, Pearson won’t have adequate time to get himself ramped up, and, thus, the Blue Jays are going to take things slow with their young fireballer.
Though Stripling had an ugly season in 2020, posting a 5.84 ERA between the L.A. Dodgers and the Blue Jays, he has been a successful starting pitcher in the past. In 2018, Stripling was key as the Dodgers navigated injuries to both Clayton Kershaw and Hyun Jin Ryu. He posted a 3.02 ERA that season as a starter, swingman type, and earned himself …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

J.A. Happ Round Three?

We all want the Blue Jays to make some pitching additions this off-season. Perhaps adding somebody from the New York Yankees? Maybe a left-handed starter?

Apparently, according to Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays have expressed interest in doing exactly that, though it isn’t the Yankee lefty you’re probably hoping for.
Nope, not James Paxton to satisfy your need for CanCon. The Blue Jays have shown interest in old friend J.A. Happ.

Sources: #BlueJays interested in free agent LHP J.A. Happ, who had two prior tenures with the club: 2012-2014 and 2016-2018. Happ, 38, ranked fourth in ERA+ this year among free-agent pitchers who threw at least 40 IP. @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 22, 2020

Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling mentioned the possibility of the Jays circling back to Happ as a veteran pitching addition last week, so it isn’t all too big of a surprise to see his name mentioned here. Also, it seems the Jays are checking in with literally everyone so this might not mean anything.
Anyways, J.A. Happ, Round Three? Why not, I guess?
This obviously wouldn’t be the top-of-the-rotation upgrade we’re all hoping for, but Happ is still a fairly …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Limp offence and questionable management decisions cost the Blue Jays in the rubbermatch

Strong pitching, limp bats, puzzling decisions, and a late-game bullpen meltdown. Ladies and gents, your 2020 Toronto Blue Jays.

Things worth mentioning…

Coming into the game, the big draw was Nate Pearson making the second start of his career after a brilliant debut in Washington last week. Things didn’t go quite so well for Pearson this time largely due to some issues with his command, but he still showed incredibly promising signs of what makes him such a good pitcher.
Pearson went five innings, scattering three earned runs. Two of those runs came directly from some poor command. In the first inning, he walked Dansby Swanson on four pitches and Freddie Freeman golfed a two-run homer immediately after. In the fourth, Marcell Ozuna hit a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch before eventually scoring on a sac fly.

But still, the positive here is that, despite not having his best command, Pearson was still able to put together a strong start for the Blue Jays. Atlanta mustered just two hits off of him over five innings and he struck out five. Pearson’s best moment of the night came when he made Johan Camargo, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Let’s make a deal for David Price and Andrew Benintendi

Starting pitching and the outfield are the two most glaring needs on the Blue Jays roster this offseason. If they get creative, they could fill both voids (or at least part of that void) in one fell swoop.
Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox are reportedly a team looking to subtract. Yes, it’s this bizarre phenomenon among contending teams who are aiming to get under the luxury tax threshold. The Red Sox are projected to run a $211 million payroll in 2020, which exceeds the $208 million threshold.
Alex Speier of the Boston Globe laid out why the Red Sox are ultra-motivated to get under that $208 million threshold in 2020; because it will reset their penalty structure and could save them $90 to $100 million over the next three seasons.
The Toronto Blue Jays, meet the Boston Red Sox. Let’s make a deal, shall we?
The Red Sox have five players making more than $20 million in 2020. The Blue Jays have a need for starting pitching, but they could sorely use some help in the outfield. The Red Sox need salary relief; the Blue Jays need players; so why not send David Price and Andrew Benintendi over to the Blue Jays?
Price has three …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation

Is Anthony Kay on his way up?

According to the Buffalo Bisons’ official website, pitching prospect Anthony Kay (acquired from the Mets in the Marcus Stroman deal) has been placed on the Temporary Inactive List. This could mean that Kay will be called up to the Blue Jays in the near future.

I mean, he could have been placed on the Temporary Inactive List for a wealth of different reasons, but the Jays have frequently used this option this season when bouncing players up and down from different levels. It allows them to find another pitcher for the Bisons to temporarily replace Kay while also not immediately adding him to the Major League roster, which, of course, would require a player to be sent down.
Kay last pitched for Buffalo on Aug. 27, meaning his next scheduled start on regular rest would be on Sunday, Sept. 1. The Jays have announced that Trent Thornton will start against Houston on Friday and Clay Buchholz will start Saturday but they haven’t yet said who will start the series finale on Sunday. It makes some sense for Kay to either get the start or come in after an opener.

#BlueJays starters this weekend vs. Houston Astros, per Charlie Montoyo.
Friday: Trent …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Here are a bunch of pitchers in the Blue Jays’ system to get hyped about

Pitching, at its best, is a beautiful ruthless painting that deserves to be hung on a wall for people to stare at for hours. The grip. Deception. The wind up. Release. It is splashed paint all around home, sometimes it’s anarchy, pure chaos, and sometimes it’s precision.
Precise. Perfect. Powerful. Beauty.
I’ve spent hours this summer documenting the farm system, taking in the minor air, and here is a collection of my favourite pitches in the system, in no particular order.
Joey Murray’s ‘Invisiball’

There is nothing under-the-radar about Joey Murray!
— Ryan D (@RyanDifrancesco) August 14, 2019

Tyler Murray, the voice of the Fisher Cats, said during a broadcast that Joey Murray’s fastball is known as the ‘invisible fastball’ because of his high spin rate. He spins the red stitching on the baseball, until all 108 double stitches disappear. Hitters aren’t able to pick up what it is and that is why they are unable to connect on it even though it sits in the low 90s. It’s deceptive. It can’t be read.

Joey Murray’s ‘invisiball’.
— Ryan D (@RyanDifrancesco) August 8, 2019

All of Kirby Snead’s Spin

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Author: Ryan Di Francesco / Blue Jays Nation