Forecasting the 2015 Buffalo Bisons Bullpen
Feb 24, 2015; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcherMatt West
(76) pitches of the mound during morning workouts atBobby Mattick
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Burns was claimed off waivers by the Jays last September. In 2014, he played for the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays Triple-A teams. He made his major league début in 2012 for the San Diego Padres, making 17 appearances and finishing with a 0-1 record and 5.50ERA, 10BB, 18K, and 3.65FIP.
Interesting read about Burns not having a fastball (read)
A veteran of seven years in the minors, Bo made his major league début in 2014 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 29 year-old is normally a starter, but I see him as a bullpen arm. His struggles last year landed him in the bullpen as the year came to a close, but a good showing in the Spring could push him into a starting role. Schultz uses his mid-90’s sinker and mid-80’s curve to generate lots of ground balls (1.99 GO/AO) make him an ideal pitcher for the Rogers Centre.
The 26 year-old West was claimed off waivers in January 2015 from the Texas Rangers. The native of Houston, Texas produced a 3.86FIP, 27.1K%, 8.0BB%, and 1.57WHIP with the Rangers Triple-A. West has solid strike out totals and has experience closing out games. Over seasons, West used his mid-90’s fourseam fastball and mid-70’s curveball to convert 13 out of 20 save opportunities.