Prior to the trade deadline, the Jays sent Eric Sogard to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for two Players to be Named Later. According to the team’s official account, those prospects are pitchers Curtis Taylor and Edisson Gonzalez.
OFFICIAL: We’ve acquired RHP Curtis Taylor and RHP Edisson Gonzalez from @RaysBaseball to complete the trade of INF Eric Sogard. pic.twitter.com/dT50cGB6Mu
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 1, 2019
Taylor is a right-handed pitcher from British Columbia who was originally drafted by the Diamondbacks back in 2016. After one year in the Diamondbacks organization, he was sent to Tampa Bay in exchange for Brad Boxberger. Taylor pitched as a reliever in Double-A this season, putting together a 3.06 ERA over 17 2/3 innings, striking out 8.2 batters per nine while walking 2.5 batters per nine. Across four seasons in the minors, Taylor has a sparkling 2.84 ERA.
Here are some notes on Taylor, courtesy of Wander Rays…
Fastball rated as plus by many
Slider (imo) above-average
Gets swings and misses
Change up needs work
Allowed fair amount of FB (49%), fewer GB than ideal (30%)
It didn’t matter which side Taylor was facing, neither could exceed a .571 OPS against him. Not only did he …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation