Blue Jays: 2017 Pitcher of the Year award goes to…

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 23: Russell Martin
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 23: Russell Martin /

The Toronto Blue Jays pitcher of the year in 2017 is a no-brainer, however, there were also a couple of unexpected relievers who put their name on the map with a successful campaign.

Marcus Stroman began the year with a bang during the World Baseball Classic and carried that momentum right into the regular season. The Sto-Show was on a mission all season long to prove to the world he was a front of the rotation pitcher.

The 26-year old is the unanimous winner of the Jays Journal Pitcher of the Year leading all Blue Jays starters in innings pitched, wins, earned run average and WHIP. Stroman eclipsed the 200 inning plateau for the second consecutive season.

As I type this Stroman is embattled in a two-run outing versus the New York Yankees in his final appearance of the season with record sitting at 13-8 and a 3.09 earned run average. Stroman anchored the rotation all season long in a year where Aaron Sanchez battled blister issues and the Jays needed to use 14 different starters to fill out the rotation.

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Honorable Mentions from the bullpen for the Pitcher of the Year are Dominic Leone and Ryan Tepera.

Leone established himself as arguably the most reliable arm out of the Jays bullpen this season going 3-0 with a 2.58 earned run average while fanning 79 in 69.2 innings of work this year.

Tepera also logged a ton of high leverage situations for Manager John Gibbons and would probably have even better numbers having he not been used 72 times out of necessity. Tepera is 7-1 with a 3.64 earned run average fanning 79 in 76.2 innings on the bump.

The Jays bullpen sets up nice for 2018 with the likes of Leone and Tepera pitching at the backend of the pen with Roberto Osuna.

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Congratulations to the “Stro-Show” on being the Jays Journal Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher of the Year in 2017.