6. Dustin McGowan — Miami Marlins
I included Dustin McGowan on this list because he was one of my favourite Blue Jays and he has toiled long and hard to still contribute to an MLB team. McGowan enters his second season with the Miami Marlins after a posting a strong season out of the bullpen last year.
Pitching in a career-high 55 games in 2016, McGowan crafted an ERA of 2.82 with a WHIP of 1.22 and 63 strikeouts in 67 innings.
The Blue Jays drafted McGowan way back in the 2000 amateur draft, in the 33rd round. He wouldn’t make his big-league debut until 2005, and he endured an up-and-down next four years as a starter, sometimes bouncing between the majors and minors. He did show some spectacular stuff at times, specifically on June 24, 2007 when he took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies.
But injuries majorly stunted McGowan’s career. He was set back with various injuries from July 2008 until finally pitching in a game again in September 2011, but the Blue Jays stood by him through it all. He also missed the 2012 season with injuries. After a good stint in the bullpen in 2013, McGowan attempted to move back into a starter’s role in 2014, a job he won out of Spring Training. However, he would be moved back to the bullpen in May and Toronto made him a free agent at the end of the season, ending a 14-year run with McGowan.
After a rough year with Philadelphia in 2015, he found some success with Miami last year.