Blue Jays Minor League Depth – Relief Pitching

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Matt West– Waiver Claim # 4

I was surprised that Texas let West go to waivers after having a solid 2014 season in the minors.  His season in 2014 stretched across AA and AAA in the Rangers system.  While there he pitched 56.2 innings and posted a 3.34 ERA with a 1.359 WHIP.  That is very respectable but what makes him look good is he doesn’t walk batters and strikes out many.  He sat hitters down at a 10.2 K9 rating and only walked 18.  If he can start missing some bats with his pitches the ERA / WHIP will continue to drop and could become a plus arm out of the bullpen.

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Arik Sikula– Young gun

Our 36 round pick in 2011 is starting to looking like a steal.  He is progressing at a great rate through our minor league system and is showing signs of being something special.  Over the past two minor league seasons with our A and AA teams he has posted 60 innings with an ERA at 2 or under.  His strikeout rate is through the roof at 12.3 K9 last season and only walked 12 batters in 58.1 innings.  Those are some phenomenal numbers and I look forward to watching this righty progress.

All Statistic information provided by baseball-reference.com.

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