SEAN REID-FOLEY – RHP
Power. That is the word that describes Sean Reid-Foley’s pitching style. With a fastball that can reach the upper 90s consistently, Jay’s Journal has Reid-Foley as the #2 Blue Jays prospect entering 2017.
At the age of 21 (turning 22 in August), Reid-Foley is still very young. There is almost no chance of him making the team out of spring training, as the highest level of baseball he has played is A+ for Dunedin. However, he is a name you should watch for down the stretch.
After posting a 4.22 ERA in 2015 as a 20-year-old, Reid-Foley made major strides in 2016. In 115.1 innings (21 starts), Reid-Foley posted a combined 10-5 record with a 2.81 ERA at Lansing (A) and Dunedin (A+). To go along with those sparkling numbers, Reid-Foley had 130 strikeouts to go along with only 38 walks.
With no true bullpen ace besides Osuna, there are major question marks when it comes to the Jays bullpen. Recently acquired relief pitchers Joe Smith and J.P. Howell will certainly help the bullpen, but fatigue can hit come late in the season. If the bullpen starts to struggle, it would be nice to be able to turn to a guy like Reid-Foley who can come out throwing 97 mph in the late innings.
Another thing that must be noted is that the Jays are no stranger to bringing their young pitchers up late in the season to pitch out of the bullpen. They did it with Aaron Sanchez, so why not try it with a pitcher that has a similar makeup? While Reid-Foley is not Aaron Sanchez, he could be a very nice piece out of the bullpen down the stretch. After all, the Jays are expected to compete this season. Come crunch time, you want the best guys on the 25-man roster. If Reid-Foley has another lights out year, he could find himself pitching out of the bullpen for a team in the playoff race.
Not to mention the dude has a killer mustache.