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Blue Jays Quick Hits: Vlad Jr, Sean Reid-Foley’s 1st MLB win and more

Travis Aylward
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 18: Sean Reid-Foley #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 18, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 18: Sean Reid-Foley #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 18, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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Vladimir Guerrero Jr will be staying in the minors until 2019, Teoscar Hernandez’s playing time might be diminishing with his poor play as of late, and Sean Reid-Foley earns his 1st MLB win against the Miami Marlins.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr has been tearing up the minor leagues all year, and yet, he is still in AAA.

Slashing .384/.441/.633 on the season, Vlad Jr has definitely warranted a call up to the minor leagues, but he’s not getting one this season. With the September call-ups announced Saturday, fans were eager to see if baseball’s top prospect would be one of them.

He, unfortunately, was not — Sean Reid-Foley, Taylor Guerrieri, and Tony Fernandez were though. More call-ups are expected this month, with names like Reese McGuire, Richard Urena, and Dwight Smith Jr.as possibilities to be up with the Blue Jays later this month. Ross Atkins has said publicly that Toronto won’t be calling up Guerrero Jr this season for “a number of reasons.” Fans will have to wait to see the much anticipated prospect with the big league team.

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One of those September call-ups, Sean Reid-Foley, was making his 3rd career start Sunday against the lowly Marlins. Compared to Ryan Borucki’s first three career starts against the Astros, Tigers, and Yankees, Reid-Foley has had it easier, having to face the Royals, Yankees, and Marlins.

The young right hander went five innings and took the loss in his Major League debut against Kansas City, while he went only 4.1 innings and gave up 6 runs against the Yankees. Coming into Sunday’s game against Miami, Reid-Foley was looking for his 1st career MLB win. Reid-Foley went seven innings, giving up four hits, one run, and striking out 10. Those 10 strikeouts Reid-Foley racked up were one off of the Blue Jays rookie record of 11 strikeouts in a single game.

Yet another player age 25 year old or younger on the Blue Jays roster; Teoscar Hernandez. Hernandez was acquired at last years trade deadline, along with Nori Aoki for Francisco Liriano. Most Blue Jays fans remember when Hernandez was raking last September and hit eight home runs in the month. Fast forward a year from then, Hernandez is seeing himself lose playing time to the likes of Billy McKinney.

McKinney was acquired as part of the J.A. Happ trade, and he has been very impressive since he’s come to Toronto. McKinney is batting .381 with the Blue Jays and has a .471 OBP. Albeit a sample size of only 42 at bats with the Blue Jays, it’s still impressive. With Hernandez scuffling defensively and offensively, and McKinney continuing to impress, Hernandez’s playing time has been diminishing as of late.

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With Curtis Granderson traded to Milwaukee, that’s one less outfielder, and Hernandez may be seeing the field more often once again. With somewhat of a logjam in the outfield and infield, the Blue Jays will be playing the players that are performing.

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