Top Leafs Players Outside the NHL: #11-#15

Good news! We’ve already profiled Kalle Kossila, Kevin Gravel, and Mikko Salomaki, so there’s no risk of you ever having to endure that again. In fact, the rest of the list is much more of an interesting balance between prospects and usable NHLers, hopefully providing a bit of context to where we see those prospects meshing ability wise with the callups at this point.
#15 Joseph Duszak
Duszak is showing signs of being a solid found wallet, after the Leafs signed him as a free agent from Meryhurst University at the end of the 2018-19 season. While getting his feet wet in pro hockey for the Growlers, Duszak exceeded a point per game pace, and when promoted to the Marlies he kept the offense going picking up 18 points in 23 games. Not bad for a defenseman.
Duszak is a bit undersized and maybe that’s going to make his journey to the NHL a bit more of a challenge, but like Jesper Lindgren, the fact that he’s got a right handed shot, he’s going to get his opportunities.


 Mercyhurst Univ.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Rule 5 Draft Preview: Options for the Blue Jays at #5 Part 2

Part one of this Rule 5 draft preview profiled pitchers who could be ready to step in and contribute in the majors next season. Those pitchers all had one elite skill whether that be spin rate or high velocity. This post is going to feature pitchers who maybe aren’t quite ready to be contributors in the Majors but have enough upside that is it worth taking a chance on and finagling their innings.
Stats from Fangraphs unless otherwise noted.
The Long-relievers/Depth Starters
Lake Bachar – RHP San Diego (Age 24)
Bachar had a strong season at AA. He struck out 126 batters in 126.2 innings. He gets a fair amount of swings and misses, his 13.2% swinging strike rate ranked 13th among AA pitchers who threw at least 100 innings. He played football in college so he doesn’t have much mileage on his arm, and is still has room to develop as a baseball player. He is a fastball slider pitcher who sits 92-93. He had difficulties with control. He walked 10.8% of batters and 4.12 per nine. He also allowed too many home runs as his 14.2% HR/FB rate would indicate. He may be better suited to the bullpen where his stuff would play up. …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation