Sean Reid-Foley turns some heads
I know what you are thinking with a second prospect prediction. The catch is that Sean Reid-Foley is not an average prospect. He is currently ranked the #2 on the Top 30 Prospects here at Jays Journal and just came off of a very impressive campaign. The 21-year-old ace in the making made huge strides this past season.
After having some control issues at the end of the 2015 season, Reid-Foley kicked things up a notch. His walk rate fell to 3.0 per nine innings, and his strikeout rate stayed at an eye-popping 10.1 per nine. Through 115.1 innings he gathered a 10-5 record and struck out 130 hitters. He put up these numbers with the Lansing Lugnuts and Dunedin Blue Jays.
The big question is: what does the hard-throwing righty do for an encore? Going into Spring Training one would guess that the Blue Jays want to take a long look at their budding star. He will probably get some innings against some solid competition so the Jays can gauge where he currently stands. This could be similar to the stance taken a few years ago with Roberto Osuna and Aaron Sanchez. Both were young raw talents that could get the hardest of hitters out with their raw talents. Reid-Foley is not much different in this aspect.
The Jays could see Reid-Foley as a possible dark horse candidate to help extend their bullpen. He clearly has the talents to be a power arm that could strike out batters when he needs to. This is crucial for bullpen arms and is usually the distinguishing fact between success and failure for relievers. The counter-argument to this could be the fact that he is used to starting games already, and the catch being we have seen this recently with Sanchez. Could Reid-Foley follow a similar mold?