The Blue Jays’ bullpen has gotten better since the 2022 season but has also barely changed.
In fact, the Blue Jays have so much bullpen depth, that their Triple-A team’s bullpen is starting to look like a solid MLB team’s bullpen
In this article, we’ll look at the seven locks for the bullpen, pitchers who could fill the eighth spot, as well as the depth in the minor leagues… There are a lot of notable pitchers, so buckle in.
Here we’ll look at the seven locks, as well as Chad Green who is rehabbing from Tommy John.
The undisputed Blue Jays closer. Last season, Romano had a 2.11 ERA and a 2.82 FIP in 64 innings pitched, which was his best season overall. Moreover, he had a 28.3 K% (down from 33.6% in 2021) and an 8.1 BB%. Romano also registered 36 saves in 42 attempts.
Jordan Romano, K’ing the Side. pic.twitter.com/Ot9wwvLBpk
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 27, 2022
I’d expect him to have an even better season in 2023.
The 35-year-old was re-acquired by the Blue Jays at the 2022 deadline along with Zach Pop for Jordan Groshans.
Between the Marlins and the Jays, Bass had a 1.54 ERA and a 3.00 FIP in 70.1 innings pitched. To go along with this, he had a career-high 26.5 K% and his 7.3 BB% was one of the lowest in his career. Overall, he had a 19.3 K-BB%, the highest in his 11-year MLB career.
Here’s Anthony Bass (@AnthonyBass52)’ strikeout thread from this afternoon!
93 mph fastball!#BlueJays pic.twitter.com/684H41GzCY
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) February 28, 2023
His role is to be determined, but the addition of Bass was great.
Mayza could potentially be the only left-handed reliever in the bullpen to start the season.
Tim Mayza vs Kevin Kiermaier in live BP #Bl …
Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation