Blue Jays: A Look at Potential September Reinforcements

SARASOTA, FL- MARCH 09: Anthony Alford
SARASOTA, FL- MARCH 09: Anthony Alford /
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ARLINGTON, TX – JUNE 20: Leonel Campos
ARLINGTON, TX – JUNE 20: Leonel Campos /

Relief Pitchers

Leonel Campos – On 40-man roster (MLB – 3.38 ERA, 1.50 WHIP)

Likelihood of Call Up : High

Potential for Success : Moderate

Summary : Campos has been back and forth between Buffalo and Toronto for the whole season. He’s experienced solid success in the MLB this season and his 1.88 ERA in Buffalo shows he has potential. Expect him to be a solid, yet unspectacular middle reliever for the Jays down the road.

Carlos Ramirez – Not on 40-man roster (Triple-A and Double-A – 0.00 ERA, 0.62 WHIP)

Likelihood of Call Up : High to Moderate

Potential for Success : High to Low

Summary : Ramirez is probably the most intriguing name in this article. An outfielder-turned reliever, Ramirez has a 0.00 ERA in 33.2 innings pitched in the minors this season. There is no question about the talent, but expecting a pitcher with just 148.2 professional innings under his belt to directly translate his talent into the MLB may be too much to ask this year.  Then again, who’s to say he isn’t the next Kenley Jansen?

Ryan Borucki – On 40-man roster (Double-A and A-Adv – 3.21 ERA, 1.15 WHIP)

Likelihood of Call Up : Low

Potential for Success : Moderate

Summary : Let’s make it clear – Ryan Borucki’s future is in the rotation. However, it isn’t unrealistic for the Jays to consider giving Borucki his first cup of coffee in the MLB as a reliever. This has proven to be a very effective method for many top pitching prospects in recent years (e.g. Sale, Sanchez, Stroman). Also, giving fans a taste of the future could go a long way in making up for the disappointing 2017 season.