Blue Jays need to give Sean Reid-Foley a shot
Instead of running a mediocre Joe Biagini out each week for a spot start the Toronto Blue Jays should look at giving pitcher Sean Reid-Foley an audition at the MLB level, he can’t do any worse than their starting staff thus far.
After a disappointing 2017 campaign, it appears that Sean Reid-Foley is back on track, the former second-round pick is 5-0 with an impressive 1.88 earned run average while fanning 46 in 38.1 innings pitched during his first seven starts of the season with Double-A New Hampshire.
Thus far Reid-Foley has not allowed more than two runs in any of his seven starts and has whiffed seven or more batters on five occasions including a 10 strikeout performance at the beginning of May. The big right-hander has fanned 33 hitters in his last four starts with the Fisher Cats.
Under normal circumstances with a rotation firing on all cylinders I would not necessarily propose promoting Reid-Foley however with Marcus Stroman shelved and Joe Biagini consistently ineffective, why not see what you have with the 22-year old.
Reid-Foley’s teammate Jordan Romano is also off to an outstanding start going 7-0 with a 1.94 earned run average with 44 strikeouts in 46.1 innings of work. The 25-year old Canadian could be in line for a promotion in the near future as well.
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Biagini sports a bloated 7.98 earned run average in three starts this season along with a 4.57 earned run average in his other four Triple-A starts in Buffalo. The Jays need to relegate Biagini back to the bullpen where he at least has experienced some success previously.
Also struggling mightily is starter Jaimie Garcia who owns a 6.28 earned run average and has not gotten the job done since signing with the Jays. The starting five along with Biagini have a combined 5.92 earned run average which will not reciprocate into a postseason berth at this rate.
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The Jays have played roster roulette all season promoting and demoting players almost daily, however, maybe it is time to shake up the rotation and see what the youth movement can provide. Reid-Foley can’t be much worse than what we have seen from the Jays starting five thus far, so why not give the kid a shot.