Blue Jays Minor League Depth – Starting Pitching

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Toronto Blue Jays’ pitching prospect Roberto Osuna threw his first side session today since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2013. Photo Credit: MLB Prospect Portal

Possible Breakouts

Roberto OsunaRaising Arizona

After recovering from Tommy John surgery Osuna got his work in this offseason and performed very well in the Arizona Fall league.  He pitched so well there that he earned himself an invite to spring training with the big league club.  Watch for this young talent to keep rising toward Toronto quickly.  His talents will have him making an appearance sooner rather than later in my opinion.

Scott CopelandAwaiting his shot

A solid year in AA and AAA earned him a chance with the Jays this year with a spring invite.  He is a fun pick to be a breakout candidate but I am guessing he will continue in Buffalo.  If he continues to perform well don’t be surprised to see him in Toronto by seasons end.  His talents may force the organization to bring him up for a shot.

Matt BoydLooking to grow

After dominating the Florida State League Boyd was promoted to New Hampshire where he had some issues.  His ERA jumped up from 1.39 to near 7 in New Hampshire.  Look for him to refine his skills in AA but if he all of a sudden turns it on like he was in Dunedin look for him to blaze through the organizational ranks.

Casey LawrenceMoving up

Performing well in AA most likely earned him an invite to start this season in Buffalo.  150 innings of solid work with a low walk rate should keep him moving forward with his career.  He has a good makeup that should continue to translate into success.  I look forward to seeing more of him hopefully in a Jays uniform soon.