This weekly series will feature Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospects and provide weekly updates on whose stock is rising, and whose is falling at all minor-league levels.
Lansing Lugnuts, Class-A
Jon Harris (3-0, 0.83 ERA)
One week after making his best career start, Harris made his best career start.
Last week vs. Fort Wayne TinCaps: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K
This week vs. Great Lakes Loons: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K
It was another fantastic outing for Harris, as he improves his line by one hit, but got through the seven innings with just 84 pitches, as opposed to 92 pitches in his last start. At this point, there isn’t much more the big right-hander has to prove with the Lugnuts. He is dominating the Midwest League as he has not allowed an earned run (just one unearned run) since his season debut, 32 innings ago.
Ryan Borucki (1-1, 2.12 ERA with Lansing)
A scoreless start was just what the doctor ordered for Borucki, who finally put up a goose egg for the first time since Apr. 14. Borucki He went six innings for the second consecutive start, only this time he gave up just five hits and two walks, while racking up a season-high six strike outs. Borucki was hit hard with the Dunedin Blue Jays, but is giving up softer contact since joining the Lugnuts. All five hits he scattered against Fort Wayne were singles. Hopefully he can continue to roll with his new found confidence.
Sean Reid-Foley (2-3, 3.65 ERA)
A lack of command and inconsistency has hurt Reid-Foley’s earned run average and hindered his value so far this year. While he is striking out more than one batter per inning, he has allowed 20 walks and 34 hits in 37 innings. His inconsistencies mainly stem from finding the strike zone.
May 9: 70 pitches, 31 strikes (44%)
May 14: 78 pitches, 56 strikes (72%)
May 21: 91 pitches, 56 strikes (62%)
May 26: 91 pitches, 64 strikes (70%)
Cue May 26, Reid-Foley’s strongest start of the year, where he was able to find the zone at a 70% clip and miss bats while doing so. He struck out seven over seven innings and allowed one run on six hits (three doubles). They key stat of the night? He walked just one batter in the longest start of his career.
Tayler Saucedo (1-5, 5.26 ERA)
Saucedo has been hit-or-miss all season, but it was a good week for last years round 21 draft pick. Saucedo made his third consecutive start and it was the best of the bunch. He pitched six innings of shutout baseball against the Great Lakes Loons, affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 6-foot-5 lefty allowed just one hit, one walk, and one run. A nearly spotless outing was dirtied up by three hit batters, but it was still a very successful start for the young pitcher out of Tennessee Wesleyan.
Angel Perdomo (2-1, 1.73 ERA)
7 more strikeouts for Perdomo. He is the proud owner of a 51-17 strikeout to walk ratio in 36 and a third innings this season for the Lugnuts and opponents are batting just .187 against him. The 22-year-old was signed as an international free agent back in 2011, and in his first full season in the minor-leagues, to say he is exceeding expectations would be an understatement. Perdomo is becoming a nice asset as he climbs his way up the Blue Jays prospect ranks. He will need to prove himself at the Advanced-A and Double-A levels to crack the top 10.
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Dunedin Blue Jays, Advanced-A
Francisco Rios (1-2, 3.26 ERA with Dunedin)
Rios pitched deep into the ballgame once again for the Blue Jays, going seven innings for the second straight start and striking out seven. He took the loss and was charged for three runs on nine hits and one walk in his third start at the Advanced-A level. Rios has not been as dominant as he was with Lansing against the tougher competition since his promotion, but is still pitching well enough for his stock to rise. The 21-year-old flamethrower has been a surprising arm in the Blue Jays system this season.
Tim Mayza (0-0, 0.68 ERA)
The 2013 12th round pick has been solid this season after settling in the Dunedin bullpen. He has given up just 2 earned runs in 26 and a third innings so far with 16 hits and seven walks against. Mayza had a high strikeout rate with Lansing last season and the lefty continues to miss bats with 30 K’s on the year so far. The season Mayza is having is a massive step up from his career minor league numbers and if he continues to roll he could find himself getting a shot in the New Hampshire bullpen.
Colton Turner (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5/5 SVS)
Turner has not allowed a run in 21 and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen in high leverage situations this season. He has pitched two or more innings six times and has 28 strikeouts and walked just six batters. The 6-foot-3, 215 pound lefty is holding runners to a .160 batting average as he pounds the strike zone consistently for the Lugnuts. You can’t be much better than Turner has so far this season. The 25-year-old is making a name for himself after struggling with Lansing just a year ago.
Conner Greene (2-3, 2.82 ERA)
For the very first time this season, Greene did not allow an earned run in his start. However, he was tagged for seven unearned runs in just three innings against the Lakeland Flying Tigers. The D-Jays defence struggled with three errors in the game and it helped load the bases in the fourth inning, when Zach Sheppard took him deep for a Grand Slam. Greene allowed six hits, a walk, and struck out four.
Chris Rowley (2-0, 3.15 ERA)
Another debut on this list for a pitching prospect who is performing well for the D-Jays. Rowley is a 25-year-old righty out of United States Military Academy and was signed to a minor-league contract by the Blue Jays. He made his first 11 appearances this year out of the pen, registering a 4.79 ERA. Since then, Rowley has made three starts for the young Jays and has improved in each one. In his first of two starts this week, the Atlanta, Ga. native went six scoreless innings giving up three hits and three walks and striking out two. On Thursday, he pitched seven and a third while striking out six. He gave up two runs on five hits and a pair of walks in that one.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Double-A
Shane Dawson (1-2, 4.13 ERA)
Dawson was blown up for the first time this year. He couldn’t get out of the second inning with two outs and in the end was charged with six runs. He threw 27 of 53 pitches for strikes while walking three and was hit for two doubles and four singles in his one and a third. It was the first time all year Dawson failed to pitch into the fourth inning. He has had a solid year, despite the 4+ ERA he is stuck with at the moment.
Jeremy Gabryszwski (3-1, 3.68 ERA)
David Dahl and the Hartford Yard Goats got the better of Gab last week, roughing him up for five runs in five innings. The top six in the Yard Goats lineup combined for 13 hits in 29 at bats, including five extra base hits. Fortunately for Gabryszwski, his team was hitting just as well and he was able to pick up the win. Even with the tough start, the former second round pick is having a good season in Double-A so far.
Luis Santos (4-1, 3.14 ERA with New Hampshire)
It was a busy week for Santos as he got two starts for the Fisher Cats and had probably his worst and best starts of the season. The tough one came against the Yard Goats. Santos had not given up a home run all season, but allowed two in his six innings of work at home against Hartford. They scored four runs on seven hits and two walks while Santos struck out two.
In his start on Thursday he made amends with the baseball. It was a much calmer six innings from the 25-year-old, as he tied his season-high with eight strikeouts and did not issue a run or a free pass. Santos scattered four singles and two doubles against the Trenton Thunder.