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Blue Jays’ Ryan Borucki proving he belongs

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 26: Ryan Borucki #56 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 26, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 26: Ryan Borucki #56 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 26, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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Toronto Blue Jays rookie pitcher Ryan Borucki has made three MLB starts in what is essentially an audition for the 2019 campaign and surprisingly the young hurler has not disappointed.

Ryan Borucki limited the second place New York Yankees to one-run over seven innings of work in his latest outing with the big club yesterday afternoon. The 24-year old now sports an impressive 2.25 earned run average in his first three major league starts with Toronto. Thus far the rookie has neutralized the offensive attacks of the World Champion Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers and now the Bronx Bombers during his short stint in the majors.

The southpaw has displayed great mound presence with a fearless ability to throw all his pitches in any count. The young lefty has now surrendered just five runs in his first 20 innings of work all the while cementing himself into the Jays rotation for 2019 and beyond. Borucki has yet to be touched up for a home run in his three starts on the bump.

The timing could not be better for Borucki as the Jays are poised to lose three-fifths of their starting rotation as J.A Happ, Marco Estrada and Jaimie Garcia will all presumably hit the open market at season’s end. The young hurler could slot into the number three spot in the rotation depending on what the Jays do in the coming days leading up to the July 31st trade deadline.

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Borucki will join the likes of Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez next season in the rotation as the pitcher sets his sights on improving with every start from here on out. The native of Illinois posted a 3.32 earned run average over six minor league season on the Blue Jays farm. Borucki sports an 8.4 SO/9 rate over 431.2 innings of work throughout the various minor league ranks.

Regardless of how the season is going for the Toronto Blue Jays as a group, Ryan Borucki has proved that he belongs north of the border and will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

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