Apr 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress (33) throws a pitch during the eighth inning against the New York Yankees in a game at Rogers Centre. The New York Yankees won 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays designate Jeremy Jeffress, promote Chad Jenkins

In a move that should shock no one, the Toronto Blue Jays announced on Twitter they have designated right-handed relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress for assignment and have called-up another right-hander Chad Jenkins from Triple-A Buffalo.

I’ve already seen way too much of Jeffress in these first five games and I’d be surprised if someone makes a waiver claim for him. He has an electric arm and throws a hard fastball in the upper 90s with ridiculous arm side life. However he struggles with control and walked far too many batters both in spring training and early in the season to be of any use to the Blue Jays.

That being said because of his explosive arm at least theoretically a team might end up taking a chance on him. He did have a sparkling ERA and FIP in Triple-A last season (1.65/2.58) and his fastball, when it’s in or near the zone, can get major league batters out. If there’s a team out there stubborn enough to think they can teach him how to throw consistently with control, by all means the project is yours.

Jeffress may also clear waivers and end up back in Buffalo. As much as I’m not a fan, his depth would provide the Blue Jays with another arm to use for potential garbage time or if they get in a jam because of innings pitched or injuries.

Chad Jenkins is often overlooked by Blue Jays fans and despite shaky mechanics and average stuff he’s been sneaky effective at the MLB level. I’m sure that won’t satisfy fans who were looking for more when the Jays made him their first round draft pick in 2009 but in 65.1 big league innings he’s pitched to a 3.58 ERA and 1.224 WHIP. He might end up becoming one of those “Gibby guys” who the Jays manager ends up falling in love with so until he fails miserably I’ll remain optimistic about the prospect of Jenkins.

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  • Dave E

    I Am mystified by Gibbon’s use of the bullpen – which I was led to believe was one of his strengths. In game 1, he had Rogers warming up three times, including in the fourth after Dickey had two quick outs. He had Delabar up so often the other day that Davidi tweeted about it. We kept Rogers and Redmond so we would have two long men in the pen since we don’t know what to expect from Hutch, Morrow and McGowan. And then he uses Redmond for 11/3 relatively clean innings last night and ends up burning 5 relievers when we have a day game after a night game today. What gives?

    • Wayne Cooper

      Maybe he figures Dickey will go out and throw 8 innings today against the Yanks. I think he’s using them for shorter stints so they don’t fatigue at the end of the season, but who knows maybe the constant warming up is what made them wear out anyways. But the crazy thing is….if we’re 4-1 right now…no one would care

      • Wayne Cooper

        One trip through the rotation doesn’t give me the most optimism, but at the same time, they should be better than this as the season wears on. Hutch, Morrow, and McGowan should be good for 5-6 innings giving up 2-4 runs on any given night and with this offense and a Jeffreys free bullpen that should be good enough for this team to have a chance to win