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LHP Ryan Borucki
Borucki was a typical Alex Anthopoulos draft pick. He was expected to be selected much higher, but arm issues caused his stock to plummet. This allowed the Jays to steal him in the 15th round of the 2012 draft; unfortunately, those arm issues have followed him to the professional level.
After just 6.0IP in 2012, Borucki was placed on the 60-day DL and eventually required Tommy John surgery, missing all of 2013. Ryan looked very good in his return in 2014 and pitched 57 innings, but more importantly, he remained healthy and off of the DL.
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In March, it was reported by Charlie Caskey that the Jays 10th ranked prospect experienced elbow soreness in his throwing arm, which Caskey was told to be Tennis Elbow (full article). After some rest, Borucki was back to his normal throwing program; however, Ryan ended up on the DL on June 18th. Apparently, there was some discomfort in the left shoulder which he had scoped and cleaned in the off-season.
On July 7th, the 6’4″ lefty was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays for some quick rehab. He threw one inning, striking out one, allowing a hit and no runs. Two days later he was off to Vancouver where he made two appearances on July 11th and 16 before being shut down for the year.
Ryan Boruki wasn’t placed on the DL so there is hope in Blue Jay-land that it’s nothing serious. Ryan remains positive, despite another injury plagued season,
In his 4 innings of work with the C’s, Ryan allowed 6 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks and struck out 6 batters, finishing with an 0-1 record and 3.86 ERA.
Prognosis for 2016
Your guess as good as mine. Information on minor league injuries is hard to come by. Assuming that he is healthy in the spring, Borucki should open the year a Lugnut, but I don’t think he will remain there long. Don’t expect too much in 2016, perhaps 70-80 innings, as I’m sure the organization will be extremely careful with him.
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