Apr 11, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Rowland-Smith inks minor league deal with Toronto Blue Jays


The Toronto Blue Jays, fresh off another rough outing from the pitching staff, added some depth in that department, inking Ryan Rowland-Smith to a minor league deal on Friday. The deal includes a opt-out clause if Rowland-Smith is not on the Major League roster by June 1st, according to MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo.

 

 

The 31-year-old Australian was cut lose by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week, after posting a 4.91 ERA and an 11.0 K/9 ratio in six relief appearances for the snakes. Unfortunately, his 4.9 BB/9 ratio was likely the reason he was cut as the Diamondbacks try to turn around their pitching staff.

Prior to 2014, Rowland-Smith had not seen action in the Major Leagues since he appeared in 27 games (20 starts) for the Seattle Mariners in 2010. Since then, he has also bounced around the Red Sox, Cubs, and Houston Astros organizations. He was quite impressive in a relief role for the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2013, posting a 1.55 ERA in 52.1 innings of work, coupling that with a 7.7 K/9 ratio and a 2.6 BB/9 mark.

According to his scouting report via SoxProspects.com, Rowland-Smith throws a high-80′s fastball and mixes in a swooping curveball and a change-up.

In parts of 5 Major League seasons, the former amateur free agent owns a 12-17 record with a 4.57 ERA, a 5.6 K/9, and a 3.4 BB/9 ratio over the course of 121 appearances (47 starts). A left-hander, Rowland-Smith will likely report to Triple-A Buffalo while he awaits a call-up.

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  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    Ummmm……..OK…….Not on the roster by June 1? He doesn’t seem like an upgrade over What is already there. So who’s roster spot would he take? We’d lose either him or whomever he replaces. So…….

    • Andrew van Laar

      My dear Shaun… Anything is an upgrade over Happ. Heck, I think Wray or you should write an article outlining why I should be on the 25 man instead of Happ :P

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        Not to take anything away from your abilities, because I’m sure you could light up a radar gun, but…….

        I don’t think this IS an upgrade over Happ. AA seems to be in love with K ratios, but his BB ratios don’t convince me. Look at the MLB roster. Between now and June 1, who is this guy going to out perform in order to replace? Besides, he doesn’t HAVE to opt out…..

        We have a good bullpen. Yes, they’ve struggled lately, but the starters are to blame for that. Also, I really believe that every team has every part go into a funk. O, D, etc. It happens. I think this is just their funk. If the starters could help out a bit more, the pen will be fine.

        • Andrew van Laar

          I would once again point to Happ however I am having a good say so no arguments from me :P

          I think this is just a depth move. Why not grab a guy on the cheap who could add depth in buffalo and hey if injuries strike, he could adequately fill a gap. Not the greatest move in the world but its not like you will find world changers on the waiver wire this time of year.

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          I could see this playing out a few different ways… they could manipulate the roster by optioning Wagner back down but if Janssen comes back and everyone else is productive/healthy they may still need to let him go… if that’s the case, great, because everyone is healthy. However if someone does get injured between now and June 1 he’s at least insurance that they don’t have to push someone else into the role who isn’t ready, or start the arb clock on another player. There’s also the whole McGowan situation, so if he can’t pitch likely Happ goes back to the rotation and if he’s healthy enough to pitch in the bullpen could also part ways with Rogers. As a minor league contract, it’s not a bad move for the Jays even with the opt-out.

          • Andrew van Laar

            You would part ways with Rogers over Happ?

          • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

            That’s a tough call..hmmm….

      • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

        haha i would have to at least see a YouTube bullpen session from you first

        • Andrew van Laar

          None needed because anyone is better than Happ ;)

          Funny story sidenote… a guy came into the Sportsmart I used to work at and said his kid was out west with some national baseball program and throws 88 mph and hes 17 or something like that. He said he wanted to play catch with me in the store since it was late at night and he wanted to see “what I had”. So I gave it to him… and it went through two sets of drywall lol. My manager wasn’t impressed but this guy was :P My downfall, much like mister Happ is control :( However my fiance agrees I am better looking so at the worse I can be the new JP :P

          • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

            As a teenager, I once did the same in an aisle of Toys R Us. Filthy slider. In a good way. Honest.