Blue Jays news and notes from June 28th, 2018, including a milestone for the Toronto skipper, and a promotion of one of the organization’s most exciting pitching prospects.
Gibby Reaches Milestone Game Total
According to the official Toronto Blue Jays Twitter account, yesterday night marked John Gibbons’ 1500th game as a major league manager. Gibbons, 56, previously served as a coach for the Kansas City Royal from 2009 to 2011.
When asked about this milestone, Gibby told Sportsnet’s Mike Wilner: “It means I’ve been around a bit, I’m proud of that. I’ve gotten some breaks too, a lot of good baseball guys haven’t gotten those and I have”.
For his career, Gibbons has a record of 757-743 and is 65-for-164 (39.6%) on overturning calls via video replay. He is 87th all-time in games managed and is 46th all-time in postseason wins.
Harris Promoted to Triple-A Buffalo
Jon Harris, the Blue Jays’ #10 pitching prospect, was promoted to Triple-A Buffalo, and made his first start Thursday, according to an official team release. Harris, 24, was drafted by the Jays in the 1st round of the 2015 draft and began his minor league career in Vancouver in 2015.
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He began this season in New Hampshire and pitched to a 4.76 ERA in 14 starts, striking out 55 and walking 14. With a record of 6-3, he was the Fisher Cats leader in starts and was second on the team in strikeouts, wins and innings pitched. In his first Triple-A start, he pitched six innings, allowing no earned runs and struck out four.
Parmley Released from Minors
In a minor move, the Blue Jays have released outfielder Ian Parmley, according to Baseball Toronto’s Keegan Matheson on Twitter. Parmley, who was originally drafted by the Jays, appeared in three games for the big club in 2017.
He spent most of his time in Triple-A, where he slashed .261/.302/.327 with 15 doubles and a single home run. Additionally, he’d also stolen 81 bases throughout his minor league career.
Leblebijian, Jansen Named All-Stars
Third baseman Jason Leblebijian and catcher Danny Jansen were both recently named starters on the International League All-Star team. Jansen (.299/.413/.474, 39 RBI, 17 2B) has appeared in 57 games for the Bisons, while Leblebijian (.250/.331/.418, 10 HR, 35 RBI) has appeared in 62 games. The Bisons are 36-35 on the year and sit six games back of the division lead, which is currently being held by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.